Van, Texas

According to Usprivateschoolsfinder, Van, Texas is located in the eastern part of the state and lies within the boundaries of Van Zandt County. It is a small town with a population of around 2,000 people and covers an area of approximately four square miles. The climate in Van is typical for East Texas with hot summers and mild winters.

The history of Van dates back to 1845 when it was founded as a trading post by settlers from Tennessee and Mississippi. In the late 1800s, it became a railroad town, with multiple rail lines running through it. During this time, the city grew quickly and was home to several businesses including general stores and mills.

Van has been a politically conservative city for many years, with most residents voting Republican in national elections. The economy of Van is mostly based on agriculture and tourism, though there are also some light manufacturing businesses located within city limits.

Schools in Van are part of the Van Independent School District which serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The district offers several educational programs such as Advanced Placement classes, dual credit courses, and vocational education opportunities.

Van has several notable landmarks including its historic downtown district which features many original buildings from the early 1900s as well as modern amenities such as restaurants and shops; Lake Palestine which offers recreational activities such as fishing, boating, camping; and Sam Houston State Park which offers camping sites along with trails for hiking or biking.

Population: 2,362. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,574 (+9.0% change)
Males: 1,122 (47.5%), Females: 1,240 (52.5%)

Van Zandt County

Zip code: 75790

Median resident age: 35.9 years
Median household income: $32,177
Median house value: $68,100

Races in Van:

  • White Non-Hispanic (91.1%)
  • Hispanic (7.1%)
  • Other race (2.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
  • American Indian (0.8%)

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

Ancestries: United States (14.3%), Irish (10.4%), German (10.1%), English (7.9%), Scottish (2.2%), Dutch (1.8%).

Elevation: 515 feet

Land area: 3.0 square miles

Van, Texas


Van, Texas is a small town located about an hour east of Dallas. It is home to a population of approximately 5,000 people according to the last census. The town is primarily composed of Caucasian Americans, with some Hispanic and African-American residents. The median age in Van is around 40 years old and the median household income is $41,000.

The economy in Van revolves around the oil industry and agriculture. The city has one major employer – an oil company that employs many of the local residents and has been a major source of employment for over 50 years. The town also has several smaller businesses including retail stores, restaurants, and service industries. There are several churches in the area as well as schools for children ranging from elementary to high school.

Van has a strong sense of community and family values. Many of the families have been living in this small town for generations, which contributes to its tight-knit atmosphere; neighbors know each other by name and often look out for one another’s well-being. There are plenty of activities that residents can participate in such as attending local events like rodeos or going fishing at nearby lakes during summer months. Residents also enjoy taking part in various outdoor activities like hiking or cycling along scenic trails throughout the year.

For population 25 years and over in Van

  • High school or higher: 78.5%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 19.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 29.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Van city

  • Never married: 18.5%
  • Now married: 60.3%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 9.8%
  • Divorced: 9.7%

7.2% Foreign born (6.3% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +492 (+26.3%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Van:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Van:

  • TYLER POUNDS RGNL (about 21 miles; TYLER, TX; Abbreviation: TYR)
  • EAST TEXAS RGNL (about 66 miles; LONGVIEW, TX; Abbreviation: GGG)
  • COX FLD (about 78 miles; PARIS, TX; Abbreviation: PRX)

Other public-use airports nearest to Van:

  • MINEOLA WISENER FIELD (about 14 miles; MINEOLA, TX; Abbreviation: 3F9)
  • CANTON-HACKNEY (about 16 miles; CANTON, TX; Abbreviation: 7F5)
  • WOOD COUNTY (about 18 miles; MINEOLA/QUITMAN, TX; Abbreviation: 3T1)

Amtrak station near Van:

  • 14 miles: MINEOLA (115 E. FRONT ST.). Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Van:

  • TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE (about 16 miles; TYLER, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,872)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER (about 28 miles; TYLER, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,433)
  • TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 28 miles; ATHENS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,858)
  • TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE (about 53 miles; COMMERCE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,998)
  • KILGORE COLLEGE (about 54 miles; KILGORE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,814)
  • NAVARRO COLLEGE (about 64 miles; CORSICANA, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,842)
  • EASTFIELD COLLEGE (about 72 miles; MESQUITE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,457)


Public high school in Van:

  • VAN H S (Students: 670; Location: 549 E TEXAS ST; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Van:

  • RHODES EL (Students: 530; Location: 549 E TEXAS ST; Grades: PK – 02)
  • VAN J H (Students: 506; Location: 549 E TEXAS ST; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • VAN INT (Students: 462; Location: 549 E TEXAS ST; Grades: 03 – 05)