Bosque County, Texas

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Bosque County, Texas
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The Bosque County Courthouse in Meridian
Map of Texas highlighting Bosque County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Named for Bosque River
Seat Meridian
Largest city Clifton
Area
 • Total 1,003 sq mi (2,598 km2)
 • Land 989 sq mi (2,561 km2)
 • Water 13 sq mi (34 km2), 1.34%
Population
 • (2010) 18,212
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 25th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.bosquecounty.us

Bosque County (/ˈbɒsk/ BOSS-kee) is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,212.[1] Its county seat is Meridian,[2] while Clifton is the largest city and the cultural/financial center of the county. The county is named for the Bosque River, which runs through the center of the county north to south. The Brazos River makes up the eastern border along with the Lake Whitney reservoir it feeds.[3]

Since 2005, Bosque County has been represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican Rob Orr of Burleson.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,003 square miles (2,600 km2), of which 983 square miles (2,550 km2) is land and 20 square miles (51.8 km2) (2.0%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Media[edit]

Bosque County is currently listed as part of the Dallas-Fort Worth DMA. Local media outlets include: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, and KFWD-TV. Although located in Central Texas and a neighboring county of the Waco and Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood metropolitan areas. Meaning all of the Waco/Temple/Killeen market stations also provide coverage for Bosque County. They include: KCEN-TV, KWTX-TV, KXXV-TV, KDYW, and KWKT-TV.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,005
1870 4,981 148.4%
1880 11,217 125.2%
1890 14,224 26.8%
1900 17,390 22.3%
1910 19,013 9.3%
1920 18,032 −5.2%
1930 15,750 −12.7%
1940 15,761 0.1%
1950 11,836 −24.9%
1960 10,809 −8.7%
1970 10,966 1.5%
1980 13,401 22.2%
1990 15,125 12.9%
2000 17,204 13.7%
2010 18,212 5.9%
Est. 2012 18,125 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 17,204 people, 6,726 households, and 4,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 8,644 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.75% White, 1.92% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.17% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 12.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,726 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,181, and the median income for a family was $40,763. Males had a median income of $31,669 versus $21,739 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,455. About 8.9% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Bosque County
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bosque County History Book Committee, Bosque County, Land and People (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1985).
  • Bosquerama, 1854-1954: Centennial Celebration of Bosque County, Texas (Meridian, Texas: Bosque County Centennial Association, 1954).
  • William C. Pool, A History of Bosque County (San Marcos, Texas: San Marcos Record Press, 1954).
  • William C. Pool, Bosque Territory (Kyle, Texas: Chaparral, 1964).

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°54′N 97°38′W / 31.90°N 97.63°W / 31.90; -97.63