According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.75%) is water.
Kemp is on the northern part of Cedar Creek Lake. People who travel from the Dallas area visiting Cedar Creek Lake usually first pass through Kemp.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,133 people, 448 households, and 301 families residing in the city. The population density was 640.5 people per square mile (247.1/kmē). There were 497 housing units at an average density of 281.0 per square mile (108.4/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 89.14% White, 8.65% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.06% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.38% of the population.
There were 448 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 80.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,191, and the median income for a family was $42,083. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $25,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,012. About 10.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 20.1% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Kemp is a Type A General Law Municipality with a mayor-council form of government. The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the City and oversees the day-to-day operations of the City government. The Mayor is elected at-large and serves a 2-year term. The City Council consists of 5 council members and the Mayor. Council members are elected at-large by place, and serve for 2 year terms. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the City Council. One council member is elected annually by the other members to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem in the absence of the Mayor.
The City operates a public works department including water and wastewater utilities, and the Kemp Municipal Court. The City employs a City Secretary, a small administrative staff, a Municipal Judge/Court Clerk, a Public Works Director, a small Public Works Staff, a Chief of Police, a Police Sargeant/K9 unit, and several full-time and reserve officers.
The City has chartered the Kemp Housing Authority. The Kemp Housing Authority operates two public housing apartment campuses, and is governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor. It employs an Executive Director, a clerical assistant and a small maintenance staff.
The City has chartered the Kemp Economic Development Corporation, a type 4B EDC. The EDC is funded by a $.005 sales tax for economic development purposes. The Kemp EDC has a Board of Directors appointed by the Kemp City Council.
The City is served by the Kemp Municipal Development District, which includes the City of Kemp and its extraterritorial jurisdiction. The Kemp MDD was created by election in May, 2010 and began operations October 1, 2010. The District levies a $.0025 sales tax for economic and municipal development purposes. The Kemp City Council serves as the Kemp Municipal Development District Board of Directors.
The City of Kemp is served by the Kemp Independent School District and the Trinity Valley Community College District
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