Greenville is a city in Hunt County, Texas, United States, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Dallas. It is the county seat and largest city of Hunt County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 25,557, and in 2016 the estimated population was 27,172.
Greenville was named for Thomas J. Green, a significant contributor to the founding of the Texas Republic.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Greenville has a total area of 33.4 square miles (86.6 km²), of which 32.6 square miles (84.5 km²) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), or 2.46%, are water. The Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River flows through the northeast part of the city.
Greenville was founded in 1846. The city was named after Thomas J. Green, a significant contributor to the establishment of the Texas Republic. He later became a member of the Congress of the Texas Republic. The city was almost named "Pinckneyville" in honor of James Pinckney Henderson, the first governor of Texas.
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,960 people, 9,156 households, and 6,171 families residing in the city. The population density was 706.5 people per square mile (272.8/km²). There were 9,977 housing units at an average density of 294.2 per square mile (113.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.71% White, 18.86% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 8.19% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.65% of the population.
There were 9,156 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.13.
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