Turns out, not everything is bigger in Texas, just ask the very few residents of these tiny towns.
The great state of Texas is made up of 1,752 cities, towns and census designated places (CDP). We all know the biggest cities in the Lonestar state: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, but do you know where the smallest towns in Texas are?
You can count the population of the tiniest town in Texas on your two hands, and if you take off your shoes, you can count the people in towns 2-5 on the list.
Click on the town names to see them on the map. Ranking based on population.
The 10th smallest town in Texas is located about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio in Dimmit County and is mostly just brush fields and mesquite trees.
The town of Brundage was established in 1909 by S.P. Brundage and grew quickly when the post office opened and it became a railroad stop in 1910. The residents grew and shipped food crops such as onions and strawberries. Five years later there were over 100 people living in Brundage. Fast forward 10 years to 1925 and the population was cut in half due to drought and low crop prices driving farmers away from the area. The post office closed in 1944 and by the mid 80s, the only thing left of the town was the old school building that was converted into a Steakhouse.
Located about 11 miles southwest of Denton, Corral City, Texas first began as a mobile home park before it was incorporated in 1973.
Today, the town consists of a convenience store and a liquor store, and contracts with the nearby city of Argyle for police, fire, and court services. In 1980 the population was 85, then it decreased to 46 in 1990, and back up to 89 in 2000, and back down to 27 in 2010.
Located in Webb County just east of Laredo sits a tiny texas town called Laredo Ranchettes.
Back in 2000 there were 1,845 people living in Laredo Ranchettes. We're not really sure what happened over the next 10 years after that, but in 2010 the population dropped to only 22. Looking at the satellite images of the town on Google, it appears as though auto salvage is a popular business model in the area.
Travel a little bit further east of Laredo on Hwy 359 past Laredo Ranchettes and you'll run into Aguilares, Texas. Don't blink or you'll miss it.
Aguilares is an unincorporated community with a population of 21 in 2010. The town started as a ranching community in the 1870s and became a water and wood stop on the Texas-Mexican railroad in 1881. A post office was built in 1890. By 1910 the town had a population of 1,500. Four years later the population was down to 300 and there were only two businesses, one being the Aguilares Mercantile Company. The post office shut down in the early 30s and by 1990 the population was 10 and most of the houses were vacant. In 2000 the population swelled to 37.
Located about 60 miles Southeast of Dallas just off I45 is the sixth smallest town in Texas, Mustang.
Mustang was established in 1858 and named for the nearby Mustang Creek, which got its name from either the Mustang grapes that grew along the banks, or for the wild Mustang ponies that were in the area as late as the 1850s. The post office operated from 1876-1907 and by 1890 the reported population was 75. By 1951 the town had a store, filling station, and an icehouse. As of 2013, it looks like one of the only businesses in Mustang is an all-nude strip club called Wispers, where couples are welcome.
Los Ybanez is a tiny town in West Texas about 65 miles south of Lubbock.
The community of Los Ybanez has only been around since the early 1980s. Before that, the area consisted of only a few small houses which were the remnants of a migrant workers' camp. The land was purchased from the federal government by Israel Ybanez in 1980 and he repaired some existing structures and rented them out to local farm laborers. In 1983 the town was incorporated and Israel's wife, Mary Ybanez, became the mayor. By 1985 the town had about 300 residents with 22 of them being related to the founder.
25 miles north of Pecos you'll find Mentone, Texas. The town was laid out by oil prospectors in 1925.
Mentone was first called Ramsey but changed its name when the postal service rejected the name. The post office was finally authorized in 1931. By July of that year, Mentone had five cafes, five gas stations, two hotels, two drugstores, two recreation halls, two barber shops, a dance hall, a machine shop, and a dry cleaner. In October of 1933, Mentone hand a population of 600. By the end of the 1980s there were only about 100 people living in the town, which remains the county seat of Loving County, the least populous county in the U.S.
The third smallest town in Texas, Quail, is located about 100 miles east of Amarillo at the intersections of Hwy 203 and FM 1574. The town was named because of the abundance of quail in the area.
In 1890, the families of brothers W.I. and T.S. Atkinson established their homesteads in Quail and were the first to grow cotton in the area. The post office was established in 1902. By 1930, Quail had 15 businesses and a population of 300. Today, the town consists of only a handful of houses and a Baptist church.
The second smallest town in Texas sits 90 miles north of Corpus Christi in Bee county.
In 1930, 13 years after initially purchasing the land for oil development, J.L Courtney named the town Tulsa after his previous home in Oklahoma. Since there was already a Tulsa in Texas, the post office was named Tulsita instead. In 1958 Tulsita had 50 residents and four businesses. By 1968, the population was down to 25. Today, the town consists of a handful of households on the south side and the rest is open land.
The smallest town in Texas is way down south on Ranch Road 649 about 90 miles northwest of McAllen in Jim Hogg County and has a population of a whopping 6.
Early Mexican settlers called the town El Colorado because of the red cattle found in the area. A. Guerra established the community in the late 1800s. Established in 1906, the Guerra post office was still in service as late as 1990. The population of Guerra peaked in 1914 with 100 residents and sixteen businesses. In 1990 the population was 15 and the town served as a retail point for nearby cattle ranchers.
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