Van, Texas FAQs

Where is Van, Texas?

Van, Texas, is on Farm Road 314, State Highway 110, and Interstate 20 near the Van oilfield. Fourteen miles east of Canton in east central Van Zandt County. Just 45 minutes east of Dallas on I 20.

Van is located at exactly

/ 32.526029°N 95.636493°W / 32.526029; -95.636493

(32.526029, -95.636493).

How big is Van, Texas?

About 3 square miles of land.

How many people live in Van, Texas?

In 2000, the US Census reported the population at 2,362 people.

In 2009, the sign welcoming you to Van, Texas shows a population of 2446 people.

How did Van, Texas get its name?

In 1894 schoolteacher Henry Vance established a post office, and the name Van was chosen when the post office renamed the community for resident Vannie Tunnell and postmaster Vance.

What is the history of Van, Texas?

In 1894, Van was a quiet rural farming community consisting of a post office, a school and a general store.

Then, in October 1929, the Pure Oil company discovered oil on the property of W. T. Jarman. Van erupted into a substantial community when thirty buildings, including hotels and stores, were constructed in only ten days. In November, Sun Oil, Shell Petroleum, the Texas Company, Pure Oil, and Humble became co-owners of the field, with Pure Oil as chief operator.

In 1930 the Texas Short Line Railway was extended from Grand Saline. The city grew. During the 1930’s the population numbered in the 800’s.

The population declined during World War II because workers moved away with war-related jobs, but increased again at the end of the war.

Businesses in the town of Van fluctuated from a high of 50 in 1934 to a low of 15 in 1945. (in 2009 – we have over 100)

The oil field mechanized in the 1940’s, and by the 1950’s, Van had a Humble Oil Refinery, numerous churches, and a consoldated independent school system.

When I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, and visiting my grandparents in Van, the streets were literally paved with oil.

A total of 591 wells made up the Van field when Pure Oil became a division of Union Oil in 1965. The population of Van grew from 1,103 in 1962 to 1,820 by 1974, when the community received a government housing project.

With its close proximity to the county center at Canton, however, Van continued to grow slowly, reaching a population high of 1,854 by 1992.

Today we have a population of 2,446 . Our schools host students from many nearby communities.

Do you have any Van, Texas statistics?

Population in July 2008: 2,579

Population change since 2000: +9.2%

Males: 1,122 (47.5%), Females: 1,240 (52.5%)

Elevation: 515 feet

County: Van Zandt

Median resident age: 35.9 years.

Median household income: $44,886 (year 2007)

Median house value: $123,780 (year 2007)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+:

Tyler, TX (26.7 miles, pop. 83,650).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+:

Garland, TX (73.5 miles, pop. 215,768).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+:

Dallas, TX (81.3 miles, pop. 1,188,580)


Nearest cities:

Edom, TX (10.4 miles),

Grand Saline, TX (11.7 miles),

Mineola, TX (14.0 miles),

Fruitvale, TX (15.6 miles),

Brownsboro, TX (15.7 miles),

Lindale, TX (15.7 miles),

Canton, TX (15.9 miles),

Alba, TX (18.4 miles).

Area code: 903

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