Sulphur Springs, Texas

According to Campingship, Sulphur Springs, Texas is a small city located in Hopkins County, approximately 100 miles northeast of Dallas. The city is situated in the rolling hills and plains of East Texas, with an elevation of 574 feet. The climate is characterized by warm summers, mild winters and high humidity. The average annual temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit and the average annual rainfall is over 39 inches.

The history of Sulphur Springs dates back to the early 19th century when it was first established as a trading post for local Native Americans. Later on, it became a stop on the stagecoach line between Dallas and Texarkana. By the late 19th century, Sulphur Springs had become an important regional center for cotton production and rail transportation.

The politics of Sulphur Springs are dominated by the Republican Party; however, there are also some independent candidates running for local office. The economy of Sulphur Springs relies heavily on tourism; visitors come to enjoy its scenic beauty, historic sites and cultural activities such as art galleries and music festivals.

The public school system in Sulphur Springs consists of seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and one alternative school. All schools are part of the Sulphur Springs Independent School District which strives to provide quality education to all students regardless of background or financial status.

Sulphur Springs has several landmarks worth visiting including Buford Park which features an outdoor amphitheater, walking trails and a fishing pond; Pickett Lake which offers swimming, boating and fishing opportunities; the Hopkins County Courthouse which was built in 1895; and Discovery Park which features a museum dedicated to local history as well as multiple outdoor recreation areas such as playgrounds and picnic areas. Additionally, there are several historic sites with buildings from different eras including Victorian-style homes from the early 1900s as well as churches from the mid-1800s.

Population: 14,551. Estimated population in July 2020: 15,228 (+4.7% change)
Males: 6,810 (46.8%), Females: 7,741 (53.2%)

Zip codes: 75482.

Median resident age: 36.4 years
Median household income: $30,403
Median house value: $62,000

Races in Sulphur Springs:

  • White Non-Hispanic (75.8%)
  • Black (14.3%)
  • Hispanic (8.2%)
  • Other race (3.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • American Indian (1.3%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (17.5%), Irish (9.3%), English (8.7%), German (5.0%), Dutch (2.1%), Scotch-Irish (1.6%).

Land area: 17.9 square miles


Sulphur Springs, Texas is a small rural town located in the northeast corner of Texas. It has a population of 15,449 people as of 2020. The population is diverse and includes both rural and urban residents. The median age is 38 years old and the median household income is $44,967. The majority of the population are Caucasians with African Americans making up about 15%. Hispanics make up around 20% of the population while Asians make up around 5%.

The city has a variety of different religious affiliations including Baptist, Methodist, Catholic and Pentecostal denominations. Education is important in Sulphur Springs with students attending public schools in the city as well as private schools and home schooling options. The local economy is driven by agriculture and manufacturing with many small businesses located within the city limits. There are also many opportunities for recreation such as fishing, boating, camping, hiking and golfing throughout the area. Residents have access to healthcare services through local hospitals, clinics and doctors offices. Overall Sulphur Springs provides its residents with a welcoming atmosphere that encourages growth while still preserving its small-town charm.

For population 25 years and over in Sulphur Springs

  • High school or higher: 72.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 17.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 17.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sulphur Springs city

  • Never married: 18.5%
  • Now married: 57.7%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 9.0%
  • Divorced: 11.9%

3.9% Foreign born (3.2% Latin America, 0.4% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +369 (+2.6%).


Hospital/medical center in Sulphur Springs:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Sulphur Springs:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Sulphur Springs:

  • COX FLD (about 36 miles; PARIS, TX; Abbreviation: PRX)
  • TYLER POUNDS RGNL (about 56 miles; TYLER, TX; Abbreviation: TYR)
  • EAST TEXAS RGNL (about 81 miles; LONGVIEW, TX; Abbreviation: GGG)

Other public-use airports nearest to Sulphur Springs:

  • SULPHUR SPRINGS MUNI (about 2 miles; SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX; Abbreviation: SLR)
  • COMMERCE MUNI (about 22 miles; COMMERCE, TX; Abbreviation: 2F7)
  • FRANKLIN COUNTY (about 26 miles; MOUNT VERNON, TX; Abbreviation: F53)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sulphur Springs:

  • TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE (about 23 miles; COMMERCE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,998)
  • TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE (about 43 miles; TYLER, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,872)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER (about 60 miles; TYLER, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,433)
  • TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 68 miles; ATHENS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,858)
  • KILGORE COLLEGE (about 72 miles; KILGORE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,814)
  • COLLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE-CENTRAL PARK (about 75 miles; MCKINNEY, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,514)
  • EASTFIELD COLLEGE (about 75 miles; MESQUITE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,457)


Public high schools in Sulphur Springs:

  • SULPHUR SPRINGS H S (Students: 1,213; Location: 631 CONNALLY ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • NORTH HOPKINS H S (Students: 191; Location: 1994 FM 71 W; Grades: 07 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Sulphur Springs:

  • SULPHUR SPRINGS MIDDLE (Students: 876; Location: 631 CONNALLY ST; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD LRN CTR (Students: 581; Location: 631 CONNALLY ST; Grades: PK – 01)
  • TRAVIS EL (Students: 384; Location: 631 CONNALLY ST; Grades: 01 – 04)
  • BOWIE EL (Students: 357; Location: 631 CONNALLY ST; Grades: 01 – 04)
  • DOUGLAS INT (Students: 294; Location: 631 CONNALLY ST; Grades: 05 – 05)
  • LAMAR EL (Students: 273; Location: 631 CONNALLY ST; Grades: 01 – 04)
  • NORTH HOPKINS EL (Students: 215; Location: 1994 FM 71 W; Grades: PK – 06)
  • AUSTIN EL (Students: 181; Location: 631 CONNALLY ST; Grades: 01 – 04)


Library in Sulphur Springs:

  • SULPHUR SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $276,182; Location: 611 DAVIS ST N; 41,000 books; 3,102 audio materials; 754 video materials; 133 serial subscriptions)

Sulphur Springs, Texas