Kaufman, the county seat of Kaufman County, is at the intersection of State highways 34 and 243 and U.S. Highway 175, thirty-four miles east of Dallas near the center of the county. The original inhabitants of the area were Caddo, Cherokee, Comanche, Delaware, and Kickapoo Indians. The first Whites were forty families led by Mississippian Dr. William P. King, who arrived in the area in 1840, purchased 2½ square miles of land, and built a fort on a hilltop that overlooked his new home. In his honor the outpost that provided security for the settlers was called Kings Fort, and the stream that ran nearby became known as King's Creek. During the next five years several buildings were built near the fort. Gradually a community developed, named Kingsboro.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
7,565 2019 Texas Demographic Center
6,703 2010 Texas Demographic Center
6,490 2000 Texas Demographic Center
5,251 1990 Texas Demographic Center
4,658 1980 Texas Demographic Center
4,012 1970 Texas Demographic Center
3,087 1960 Texas Demographic Center
2,714 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,654 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,279 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,501 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,959 1910 Texas Demographic Center
1,378 1900 Texas Demographic Center
1,282 1890 Texas Demographic Center