Mexia ( (listen) mə-HAY-ə or mə-HAIR) is a city in Limestone County, Texas, United States. The population was 7,459 at the 2010 census.
The city's motto, based on the fact that outsiders tend to mispronounce the name MEK-see-ə, is "A great place to live, no matter how you pronounce it."
Named after General José Antonio Mexía, a Mexican hero for the Republic of Texas Army during the Texas Revolution, the town was founded near his estate. Nearby attractions include Fort Parker Historical recreation, the Confederate Reunion grounds, and Mexia State Supported Living Center (formerly Mexia State School), which began as a prisoner of war camp for members of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps during World War II.
Mexia is also home to the Mexia Public Schools Museum, one of a few museums dedicated to the historical and social significance of a Texas public school system.
Mexia hosts a large Juneteenth celebration every year.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2008, there were 6,552 people, 2,427 households, and 1,660 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,273.9 people per square mile (492.0/km2). There were 2,750 housing units at an average density of 533.8 per square mile (206.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 55.90% White, 31.68% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 10.67% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races.