Kermit is a city in and the county seat of Winkler County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,708 at the 2010 census. The city was named for Kermit Roosevelt after a visit by his father Theodore Roosevelt to the county.
Kermit began as a convenient supply center for the scattered ranches of the area. Kermit became the seat of Winkler County when the county was organized in 1910. The first public school and the post office opened the same year. The town's namesake, Kermit Roosevelt, once visited the T Bar Ranch in northern Winkler County to hunt antelope a few months before the town was named. In 1916, the county suffered a drought. Many homesteaders and ranchers were forced to leave. In 1924 only Ern Baird's family remained in the town. Only one student attended school in the county for five months of 1924. Only three houses and the courthouse were in use by 1926.
Kermit is located at 31°51′14″N 103°5′32″W (31.853995, 103.092336). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²) (6.5 km²), all land. The city is located in a semi-arid region of the Permian Basin.
At the 2010 census, there were 5,690 people residing in the city. At the 2000 census, there were 5,714 people, 2,097 households and 1,585 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,288.3 per square mile (882.5/km²). There were 2,592 housing units at an average density of 1,038.0 per square mile (400.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.65% White, 2.05% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 22.52% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.83% of the population.
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