Marathon, Texas

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Population in 2010: 430. Population change since 2000: -5.5%
Males: 198  (46.2%)
Females: 232  (53.8%)
Median resident age:  52.5 years
Texas median age:  30.8 years

Zip codes: 79842.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $31,508 (it was $22,273 in 2000)
Marathon:

$31,508
TX:

$50,740
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,267 (it was $17,884 in 2000)

Marathon CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $83,879 (it was $44,000 in 2000)
Marathon:

$83,879
TX:

$129,200
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $89,114; Detached houses: $92,514; Mobile homes: $63,960

Median gross rent in 2012: $335.

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  • White alone - 239 (55.6%)
  • Hispanic - 186 (43.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 2 (0.5%)
  • Two or more races - 2 (0.5%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 1 (0.2%)

Races in Marathon detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Marathon: 81.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (15.4%), Irish (8.1%), German (5.9%), French (3.3%), Scotch-Irish (2.5%), Scottish (2.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 4045 feet

Land area: 5.25 square miles.

Population density: 82 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Marathon:

  • High school or higher: 69.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.2%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Marathon CDP:

  • Never married: 14.2%
  • Now married: 56.7%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 8.6%
  • Divorced: 19.0%

42 residents are foreign born (1.2% Oceania).

This place:  8.3%
Texas:  16.4%



According to our research of Texas and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Marathon, Texas as of March 29, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Marathon to the number of sex offenders is 430 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,071 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $378 (0.5%)

Marathon satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Odessa, TX (125.8 miles , pop. 90,943).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: El Paso, TX (218.0 miles , pop. 563,662).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Antonio, TX (288.6 miles , pop. 1,144,646).

Nearest cities: Alpine, TX (5.2 miles ), Fort Davis, TX (6.9 miles ), Marfa, TX (6.9 miles ), Sanderson, TX (7.1 miles ), Fort Stockton, TX (7.2 miles ), West Terrell, TX (7.3 miles ), Balmorhea, TX (7.8 miles ), Study Butte, TX (8.0 miles ).

Latitude: 30.21 N, Longitude: 103.24 W

Area code: 432

Marathon household income distribution Marathon home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.9%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (29%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (21%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Retail trade (29%)
  • Public administration (16%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (14%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7%)
  • Construction laborers (7%)
  • Religious workers (6%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (13%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (11%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Top executives (5%)

Work and jobs in Marathon: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Marathon, Texas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Marathon-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 28% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 8.9 miles away from the city center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 147.4 miles away from Marathon center
On 8/28/1995 at 10:46:12, a magnitude 6.9 (5.7 MB, 6.5 MS, 6.9 ME, 6.6 MW, Depth: 7.6 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 515.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 243.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/15/1995 at 14:33:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 6.5 miles away from Marathon center
On 3/12/2003 at 23:41:32, a magnitude 6.5 (5.5 MB, 6.5 MS, 6.4 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 513.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Brewster County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 3, Hurricanes: 3 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Airports located in Marathon:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Marathon:

  • Sul Ross State University (about 27 miles; Alpine, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,101)
  • Odessa College (about 126 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 3,107)
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (about 129 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 2,982)
  • Midland College (about 143 miles; Midland, TX; FT enrollment: 3,650)
  • Howard College (about 177 miles; Big Spring, TX; FT enrollment: 2,587)
  • Angelo State University (about 186 miles; San Angelo, TX; FT enrollment: 6,019)
  • El Paso Community College (about 215 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 19,576)

Public high school in Marathon:

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Notable locations in Marathon: Hatch Ranch (A), Marathon Volunteer Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Brewster County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 15.0%
(7.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 42.9% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.3 people
Texas:  2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  62.6%
Whole state:  69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.3%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Marathon compared to Texas state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Banks with branches in Marathon (2011 data):

  • TransPecos Banks: Transpecos Banks - Marathon at 109 Highway 90, branch established on 2001/04/09. Info updated 2012/03/19: Bank assets: $153.5 mil, Deposits: $139.5 mil, headquarters in Pecos, TX, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Transpecos Financial Corp.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Marathon travel time to work - commute Marathon mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (53%)
  • Electricity (28%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11%)
  • Utility gas (5%)
  • Wood (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Marathon CDP (based on Brewster County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 57.00%
Here: 57.0%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents50.2%27.1%8.5%2.8%2.6%
Congregations14.3%28.6%9.5%9.5%4.8%
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Episcopal ChurchLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents2.4%2.1%1.4%1.1%1.7%
Congregations4.8%4.8%9.5%4.8%9.5%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Brewster County:

6.49 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Brewster County:

4.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Here:

12.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.0%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Brewster County:

25.0%
Texas:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.8%
State:

15.7%

10.86% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,054 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.86%
Texas average:

7.14%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from El Paso County, TX  0.56% ($33,842 average AGI)
from Presidio County, TX  0.53% ($26,611)
from Harris County, TX  0.41% ($80,071)


11.04% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,234 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.04%
Texas average:

6.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Midland County, TX  0.73% ($30,960 average AGI)
to Ector County, TX  0.56% ($33,684)
to El Paso County, TX  0.56% ($46,211)

Strongest AM radio stations in Marathon:

  • KVLF (1240 AM; 1 kW; ALPINE, TX; Owner: BIG BEND BROADCASTERS, INC)
  • KKYX (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KTKR (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KELP (1590 AM; 50 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: MCCLATCHEY BROADCASTING)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KMUL (1380 AM; 50 kW; MULESHOE, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • WOAI (1200 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KCRS (550 AM; 5 kW; MIDLAND, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WBAP (820 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: WBAP-KSCS OPERATING, LTD.)
  • KLBO (1330 AM; 5 kW; MONAHANS, TX; Owner: SANDSHILLS COMMUNICATION, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KCTA (1030 AM; 50 kW; CORPUS CHRISTI, TX; Owner: BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF THE SOUTHWEST)

Strongest FM radio stations in Marathon:

  • KALP (92.7 FM; ALPINE, TX; Owner: RIO GRANDE BROADCASTING COMPANY)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Marathon)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

47 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • 1/8 Mi N Of Us90 On East St 1/4 Mi W Of Us 385 Int (Lat: 30.209056 Lon: -103.237111), Call Sign: KZB283, Licensee ID: L00003043
    Assigned Frequencies: 47.0200 MHz, 47.0600 MHz, 47.1800 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/17/2004, Expiration Date: 04/28/2014
    Registrant: State Of; Texas Dept. Of Transportation Texas, 125 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701-2483, Phone: (512) 506-5141, Fax: (512) 506-5135, Email:
  • Lat: 30.210222 Lon: -130.243361, Call Sign: WPYW540, Licensee ID: L00731226
    Assigned Frequencies: 72.1000 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/17/2003, Expiration Date: 11/17/2013, Certifier: Deborah Dannelley
    Registrant: Marathon Independent School District

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

31 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KB5LMB, Licensee ID: L00636584
    Grant Date: 02/28/2013, Expiration Date: 05/11/2023, Certifier: Susan M Roberts
    Registrant: Susan M Roberts, Marathon, TX 79842-0364
  • Call Sign: KB5RCK, Licensee ID: L00446953
    Grant Date: 01/20/2012, Expiration Date: 04/07/2022
    Registrant: Charles M Sansom, 309 N.E. 5th St., Marathon, TX 79842

FAA Registered Aircraft:

6
  • Aircraft: PETIT RICHARD A VP 1 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: AMA/EXPR UNKNOWN ENG (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 256RP , Serial Number: RP001, Year manufactured: 2002, Airworthiness Date: 04/14/2003
    Registrant (Individual): Guilford Jones, Po Box 456, Marathon, TX 79842
  • Aircraft: BELL 47G-4A (Category: Land, Seats: 3, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 78 mph), Engine: LYCOMING VO-540 SERIES (310 HP) (Turbo-shaft)
    N-Number: 7162M , Serial Number: 7569, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 06/17/1998
    Registrant (Individual): Eric M Stovall, Po Box 116, Marathon, TX 79842
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172A (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-300 SER (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7466T , Serial Number: 47066, Year manufactured: 1959, Airworthiness Date: 11/02/1959
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Hugh G Hughett, Po Box 237, Marathon, TX 79842, Other Owners: Lyndell J Shackelford
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 310L (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 167 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR I0-470 SERIES (260 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 826L , Serial Number: 310L-0011, Year manufactured: 1966
    Registrant (Partnership): Twinco, Box 445, Marathon, TX 79842
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 180 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 121 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR O-470 SERIES (230 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9042C , Serial Number: 31090, Year manufactured: 1954, Airworthiness Date: 09/02/1955
    Registrant (Individual): Eric M Stovall, Po Box 116, Marathon, TX 79842
  • Aircraft: PICARD ROY J RV-4 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 945RV , Serial Number: 945, Year manufactured: 1994, Airworthiness Date: 09/25/1995
    Registrant (Individual): Guilford Jones, Po Box 456, Marathon, TX 79842

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2
Most common first names in Marathon, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Maria786.7 years
Pedro570.2 years
James478.6 years
Sam479.1 years
William479.0 years
George381.0 years
Guadalupe382.7 years
Jesse371.6 years
Jose374.0 years
Mary382.0 years
Most common last names in Marathon, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Garcia1082.0 years
Aguilar879.2 years
Roberts677.5 years
Celaya586.6 years
Adams473.5 years
Hernandez482.5 years
Martin475.0 years
Cordova471.5 years
Briseno375.6 years
Acosta379.0 years
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