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The small town of Kemp, Texas was named after Sara Kemp after the post office opened in 1851. Sara was the mother of Levi Noble who was the first postmaster. In 1867, the Kemp Academy of Learning was opened after a Presbyterian congregation formed in 1854. The Southern Pacific Railroad, which runs right through Kemp, was completed. Shortly after the completion of the railroad a depot was constructed bringing settlers to the town. With all the thriving cattle ranches and cotton farms in the surrounding area, Kemp quickly became the trade center for the lower part of Kaufman County. This growth led to the establishment of several churches of the Methodist and Baptist congregations. According to the 2009 census, Kemp has a population of 1,361 which is a 228 person increase from the year 2000. Due to the small population of this town, the closest Walmart is 20 miles away; however there are several markets in town. These smaller markets have their own perks. One of which, The Heritage Market and Bakery, is Amish owned and provides locally grown produce, extremely fresh and high quality meat, spices not available at larger stores, fresh bread, and fresh dairy products. Other shops in town include the Dollar General, a florist, an electronics store, fast food establishments, an Exxon gas station, and electrical sign company.
Kemp offers an extremely small town environment where you'll get to know a good majority of the town. However, it is within an hour of the Dallas/Fort Worth area making it convenient for day or even weekend trips to the area where there are tons of things to do. Cedar Creek Reservoir is located a few miles south of Kemp and is a very popular fishing location and a great option for residents looking for something to do anytime of the week.
With such a small population, it's no surprise that Kemp has only a single neighborhood with a little more than 500 houses. The cost of living in this area is rated at 86.4% compared to the average in the United States of 100%. Crime rates have been on a constant decline and have been well below average since 2007 with no recorded murders or rapes in the past ten years making it a safe place to raise a family. Kemp Independent School District has four schools including Kemp Primary, Kemp Intermediate, Kemp Junior High, and Kemp High which offer preschool through grade 12.