According to Allcitycodes, Winters, Texas is situated in the rolling hills of Runnels County, approximately 110 miles west of Waco. The area is known for its distinct geography, with limestone hills and wooded areas surrounding the city. The climate in Winters is generally hot and humid during the summer months, while winters are mild and dry.
The city of Winters was founded in 1879 by a group of settlers from nearby Brownwood. The settlers quickly established a thriving farming community and the city grew rapidly over the next few decades. In addition to its agricultural roots, Winters has also been home to numerous industries, including oil production and ranching.
Politically, Winters is a part of Texas’s 23rd congressional district and votes Republican in most elections. This trend has been consistent since 2000 when George W. Bush was elected President of the United States.
The economy of Winters is heavily reliant on agriculture and ranching as well as oil production and tourism from nearby Abilene. There are several businesses located in downtown Winters that serve as economic drivers for the community, including restaurants, retail stores, banks, and other service providers.
The school system in Winters consists of four public schools: two elementary schools (Lincoln Elementary School & Parkview Elementary School), one middle school (Winters Middle School), and one high school (Winters High School). All four schools are part of the Winters Independent School District which also serves students from surrounding communities such as Ballinger & Paint Rock.
Winters has several notable landmarks that attract visitors from all over Texas including Old City Hall which was built in 1901; The Old Jail Museum which houses artifacts from early pioneer days; The Stonehenge Monument which was built to commemorate World War One veterans; and The Santa Fe Depot Museum which features displays on local history as well as artifacts from the Santa Fe Railroad’s presence in town during the late 1800s & early 1900s.
Population: 2,880. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,728 (-5.3% change)
Males: 1,348 (46.8%), Females: 1,532 (53.2%)
Zip code: 79567
Median resident age: 35.2 years
Median household income: $25,587
Median house value: $28,300
Races in Winters:
- White Non-Hispanic (57.0%)
- Hispanic (39.2%)
- Other race (18.6%)
- Black (2.0%)
- Two or more races (2.0%)
- American Indian (1.4%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: German (12.2%), Irish (11.3%), English (8.8%), United States (8.7%), Scotch-Irish (3.0%), Dutch (1.4%).
Elevation: 1836 feet
Land area: 2.2 square miles
Winters, Texas is a small rural town located in Runnels County in the west-central part of the state. As of the 2010 census, Winters had a population of 2,880 people. The racial makeup of the town is predominately white with 79.2% of residents identifying as such. African Americans make up 8.9% of the population and Hispanics or Latinos make up 10.2%. The median household income is $31,477 and 15.1% of residents live below the poverty line.
The majority of Winters’ population is made up of families with children under 18 years old being 34.7%. This is higher than both the state and national averages, which are 24.6% and 22%, respectively. Of these families, 36% have married couples living together while 30% have single mothers in charge of them. In terms of education, Winters has an average school attendance rate for students between 6-17 at 92%, slightly higher than the state average at 89%. Furthermore, only 9% have not completed high school compared to 12% statewide and 27% hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 30% statewide.
The majority (52%) work in blue-collar occupations such as construction, farming or manufacturing while 15% are employed in sales and office work and 11% in service industry jobs like food services or retailing. Agriculture still plays an important role in this area with many residents involved in it either through their own family farms or with larger operations nearby that employ them seasonally or year-round depending on crop cycles
For population 25 years and over in Winters
- High school or higher: 60.0%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.2%
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.1%
- Unemployed: 7.3%
- Mean travel time to work: 15.3 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Winters city
- Never married: 20.0%
- Now married: 59.3%
- Separated: 4.1%
- Widowed: 11.0%
- Divorced: 5.7%
5.9% Foreign born (5.8% Latin America).
Population change in the 1990s: -65 (-2.2%).
Hospital/medical center in Winters:
- NORTH RUNNELS HOSPITAL (7821 EAST HIGHWAY 153)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Winters:
- BALLINGER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 15 miles; BALLINGER, TX)
- ABILENE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL (about 25 miles; ABILENE, TX)
- ABILENE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 30 miles; ABILENE, TX)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Winters:
- DYESS AFB (about 33 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: DYS)
- ABILENE REGIONAL (about 37 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: ABI)
- SAN ANGELO REGIONAL/MATHIS FIELD (about 56 miles; SAN ANGELO, TX; Abbreviation: SJT)
Other public-use airports nearest to Winters:
- WINTERS MUNI (about 3 miles; WINTERS, TX; Abbreviation: 77F)
- BRUCE FIELD (about 21 miles; BALLINGER, TX; Abbreviation: E30)
- COLEMAN MUNI (about 40 miles; COLEMAN, TX; Abbreviation: COM)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Winters:
- HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY (about 39 miles; Abilene, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,026)
- ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (about 39 miles; ABILENE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,380)
- ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY (about 64 miles; SAN ANGELO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,477)
- TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY (about 123 miles; STEPHENVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,068)
- MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 148 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)
- CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE (about 162 miles; KILLEEN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,777)
- MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 164 miles; WICHITA FALLS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,619)
Public high school in Winters:
- WINTERS H S (Students: 186; Location: 603 N HTS; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Winters:
- WINTERS EL (Students: 385; Location: 603 N HTS; Grades: PK – 06)
- WINTERS J H (Students: 114; Location: 603 N HTS; Grades: 07 – 08)
- C A P CO-OP (Location: 603 N HTS; Grades: N – N )
Library in Winters:
- WINTERS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $14,889; Location: 120 N MAIN ST; 10,800 books; 333 audio materials; 42 video materials; 3 serial subscriptions)