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Pearsall, Texas. Nestled in the rolling plains south of San Antonio, Pearsall was the prehistoric home of a band of Coahuittecans known as the Pachal. These hunter-gatherers left us few archeological remains of their harsh subsistence lifestyle. There were several artesian wells in the area, one of which was located present day Moreno Park and later became the first permanent habitation.

The modern history of Pearsall began with the railroad. On July 4, 1881, the first passenger train pulled into town for the sale of lots by the International Great Northern Railroad. The town was named for Thomas W. Pearsall, a vice-president of the International Great Northern Railroad. Although there is no recorded deed, the first settler was probably William Eastwood, who bought 500 acres on the west side of the river at the upper Presidio Crossing.

Frio Town, the original county seat and place where Jesse and Frank James were imprisoned, had most of its population move to Pearsall to be near the railroad. In 1883, Pearsall was chosen as the new county seat and was incorporated as a city in 1909. Located at the beginning of the Chisolm Trail, Pearsall had cattle drives down the main street, public hangings and unfenced open range until 1887.

Nationally known as the "Hunter's Paradise", the Pearsall area offers abundant white tail deer, wild hogs, turkey, dove, quail, exotic game, and fishing on thousands of acres of excellent hunting grounds. Other recreational facilities include parks, jogging trails, the Sports Complex, County Show barn, Track & Stadium, tennis courts, softball, baseball, basketball, football and soccer fields, swimming pool, and the Old Frio County Jail Museum.

Elementary
Ted Flores Elementary
(830) 334-4108
321 W Pena St
Pearsall, TX

Middle
Pearsall Junior High School
(830) 334-8021
607 E Alabama St
Pearsall, TX

High

Pearsall High School
(830) 334-8011
1990 Maverick Dr
Pearsall, TX

Demographics

zip code: 78061

County Average

State Average

National Average

Neighborhood type Small Town
Population 9,787 16,345 22,118,509 290,809,777
Pop. density 16.1 13.4 79.6 79.6
Percent male 50.9% 54.2% 49.6% 49.1%
Percent female 49.1% 45.9% 50.4% 50.9%
Median age 33.6 34.1 34.0 36.5
People per household 3.1 3.0 2.8 2.6
Median household income $23,970 $22,954 $39,927 $41,994
Average income per capita $13,035 $10,079 $19,617 $21,587
 

Crime

Violent crime risk index 3.0 4.8 3.1 3.0
Property crime risk index 3.0 4.3 3.1 3.2
 

Housing

Median home value $46,351 $74,200 $94,300 $170,800
Median age of homes 33.6 19.2 23.4 27.8
Home appreciation 2.7% 2.6% 2.3% 7.7%
Homes - owned 57.3% 62.0% 57.8% 63.4%
Homes - rented 28.3% 21.2% 32.8% 21.7%
Homes - vacant 14.4% 16.8% 9.4% 14.8%
Commuting by bus 0.0% 0.7% 1.9% 2.0%
Commuting by carpool 22.6% 20.8% 14.5% 14.6%
Commuting by auto 69.3% 71.7% 77.8% 71.6%
Working at home 1.4% 2.9% 2.8% 5.6%
 

Family Facts

Currently married 54.5% 58.3% 56.5% 58.3%
Never married 26.3% 24.4% 25.6% 23.8%
Divorced 6.9% 6.6% 9.8% 7.7%
Widowed 7.2% 7.0% 5.7% 7.4%
Separated 5.2% 3.8% 2.5% 2.8%
Married - w/ children 36.9% 33.3% 38.1% 28.5%
Married - no children 22.2% 28.2% 37.9% 31.3%
Single - w/ children 15.8% 12.3% 13.8% 9.3%
Single - no children 25.1% 26.2% 10.2% 30.7%

Education

High school graduates 54.1% 66.1% 75.7% 80.4%
College degree - 2 year 2.3% 5.5% 5.2% 8.2%
College degree - 4 year 6.1% 9.2% 15.6% 14.9%
Graduate degree 1.9% 5.7% 7.6% 7.0%
Expenditures per student $5,886 $5,330 $6,218 $5,896
Students per teacher 13.2 13.7 12.4 16.0
Students per librarian 2,400 1,278 995 934
Students per guidance counselor 217 1,278 995 560
 

Economy

Unemployment rate 7.0% 6.5% 6.0% 5.7%
Recent job growth 2.7% -0.6% 0.9% 1.4%
Future job growth 15.9% -0.6% 0.9% 10.5%
Sales tax 8.25% 7.50% 7.77% 5.63%
Income tax 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 5.02%
Cost of living index 67.7 73.9 80.0 100.0
 

Health

Air quality 77 77 63 48
Watershed quality 90 90 71 54
Physicians per capita 55.1 55.1 81.7 168.5
Health cost index 89.9 89.4 96.1 100.0
Superfund site index 96 99 93 71
UV index 6.0 6.0 5.8 4.3
 

Climate

Altitude 635 631 1,371 1,058
Rainfall (inches annually) 26.1 27.3 31.3 38.8
Snowfall (inches annually) 0.1 0.1 2.5 24.4
January avg. low temp 38.0 39.5 33.0 21.6
July avg. high temp 97.5 96.9 94.6 86.4
Days of precipitation annually 82 82 77 112
Days mostly sunny annually 224 224 235 205
Comfort index (during hot weather) 23 23 27 44
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