Downtown Belton near Bell County Courthouse
Location of Belton, Texas
|• Total||20.0 sq mi (51.7 km2)|
|• Land||18.9 sq mi (49.0 km2)|
|• Water||1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)|
|Elevation||509 ft (155 m)|
|• Density||962/sq mi (371.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1351858|
Belton is part of the Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood metropolitan area.
Belton is located near the center of Bell County at  It is bordered to the northeast by the Leon River, across which is the city of Temple. Nolan Creek, a tributary of the Leon, runs through the center of Belton. The city limits extend south along Interstate 35 across the Lampasas River nearly to Salado.(31.058904, -97.463382).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.0 square miles (51.7 km2), of which 18.9 square miles (49.0 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), or 5.08%, is water.
Belton was platted in 1850 with the name of Nolandville. It was given its current name in 1851, named after Texas' governor, Peter Hansborough Bell. As the county seat of the like-named Bell County, the town seemed destined for growth. The 1880s marked the town's brightest age, with the building of the courthouse, Baylor Female College buildings, and a "railroad war" in which, by 1881, Belton was bypassed by the railroad which built Temple as the local junction and depot town. In 1913 the city experienced a major flood, leading to the naming of Yettie Polk Park, from one of those who died. The town began to thrive again following the creation of Fort Hood in 1942.
As of the census of 2010, there were 18,216 people and 5,380 households within the city, a 24.6% population growth from the 2000 census. The population density was 926.3 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 74.50% White, 8.10% African American, 0.90% Native American, 1.60% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 14.70% from other races, and 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.10% of the population.
Out of 6,612 households in the city, 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 10.9% households were occupied by someone of 65 years and older. Multi-unit housing made up 30.20% of the households, and the homeownership rate was at 53.60%, which is 11.20% behind the state-wide average. The average household size was 2.73.
In the city, children of under 10 years old made up 14.90% of the population. Persons from 10 to 19 made up 16.70%, 20 to 29 made up 19.60%, 30 to 39 made up 11.60%, 40 to 49 made up 11.2%, 50 to 59 made up 10.80%, 60 to 69 made up 7.50%, and those 70 and older made up 7.75. The median age was 29.9 years.
Belton is served by the following Belton Independent School District schools:.
- Belton High School, serves 9th through 12th grade
- Belton New Tech High School at Waskow, serves 9th through 11th grade (Expanding yearly)
- Lake Belton Middle School, serves 6th through 8th grade
- South Belton Middle School, serves 6th through 8th grade
- Belton Middle School, serves 6th through 8th grade
- Southwest Elementary, serves kindergarten through 5th grade
- Leon Heights Elementary, serves kindergarten through 5th grade
- Joe M. Pirtle Elementary, serves kindergarten through 5th grade
- Miller Heights Elementary, serves kindergarten through 5th grade
- Tarver Elementary, serves kindergarten through 5th grade
- Lakewood Elementary, serves kindergarten through 5th grade
- Tyler Elementary, serves kindergarten through 5th grade
- Sparta Elementary, serves kindergarten through 5th grade
Sites of interest
The Bell County Expo Center is located in Belton and is the venue for many concerts, sporting events, and various ceremonies..
- Football player David Ash is the starting quarterback for the University of Texas' football team.
- Musician Danny Barnes is from Belton.
- Actor George Eads grew up in Belton. He graduated from Belton High School in 1985.
- Historian and rancher J. Evetts Haley was born in Belton and is buried beside his first wife, Nita Stewart Haley, in the Moffat Cemetery. He spent most of his life in Midland and Canyon in West Texas.
- Musician Chris Marion of the Little River Band was born in Belton in 1962.
- Commander James T. Melot USN (1913-1988) was born and raised in Belton, graduating from Belton HS and the University of Texas. He served honorably in the US Navy before, during and after WWII. He settled in Brooklyn, New York, with wife Doris (1921-1999) and two children.
- Bass player Pat Seals from the alternative rock band Flyleaf is from Belton.
- Physician W. Roy Smythe, Chairman of Surgery for Scott & White Memorial Hospital, the Scott & White Healthcare system and the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, grew up in Belton, and graduated from Belton High School in 1978.
- General Walton Walker, the 8th Army Commander killed in action in the Korean War, was born in Belton on December 3, 1889.
- Henry T. Waskow, the basis of a famous article by Ernie Pyle, was a Belton native.
- Actor Rudy Youngblood of Mel Gibson's film Apocalypto graduated from Belton High School.
- George Jo Hennard shouted "This is what Bell County did to me!" immediately before commencing the Luby's massacre.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Belton city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- a history of Belton
- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
- Baptist General Convention of Texas - Supported Universities
- University of Mary Hardin-Baylor - Fall Magazine 2006
- Times-News, Oct. 17 1991
- Seattle Times, Oct 17 1991
- Catholic Online, Nov. 6 2009
- City of Belton official website
- The Belton Journal, Texas's oldest continuously published weekly newspaper (since 1866)
- University of Mary Hardin–Baylor
- SeeBelton - General info on Belton, including calendar of upcoming events
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