Bovina, Texas

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Bovina, Texas
Grain Elevator in Bovina
Grain Elevator in Bovina
Map of Texas
Map of Texas
Coordinates: 34°30′49″N 102°52′59″W / 34.51361°N 102.88306°W / 34.51361; -102.88306Coordinates: 34°30′49″N 102°52′59″W / 34.51361°N 102.88306°W / 34.51361; -102.88306[1]
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Parmer
Region Llano Estacado
Established 1899
Elevation[1] 4,068 ft (1,240 m)
Population (2000)[2]
 • Total 1,874
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79009
Area code 806
Website Handbook of Texas

Bovina is a city in Parmer County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,874 at the 2000 census.


Bovina is located at 34°30′49″N 102°52′59″W / 34.51361°N 102.88306°W / 34.51361; -102.88306.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,874 people, 567 households, and 467 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,161.0 people per square mile (831.7/km²). There were 612 housing units at an average density of 705.7 per square mile (271.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.67% White, 1.23% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 46.32% from other races, and 2.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 72.20% of the population.

There were 567 households out of which 51.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.6% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.31 and the average family size was 3.72.

In the city the population was spread out with 37.6% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,426, and the median income for a family was $29,602. Males had a median income of $25,417 versus $18,036 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,995. About 16.8% of families and 20.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.0% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.


In 1976, Bovina adopted the city manager form of government, with Larry D. Gilley first filling the position. Gilley later became the manager in Abilene and San Marcos, Texas. The last city manager was Ernest Terry, who served from 2001-2007. Terry later became the manager in Fritch, Texas. Currently filling the position as part-time city manager is Jana Pitcock.


Early in his career, the Texas educator and firefighter Pat Barrett taught agricultural studies at Bovina High School.[4]

Actors Ben and Butch McCain grew up in Bovina.

One of the best-known Bovina residents was John Elmo Sherrill, Jr. (1925–2007), who held four different public offices in Bovina and Parmer County, including Bovina alderman, mayor (1956–1960), school board member, and city judge (1997–2007).


The City of Bovina is served by the Bovina Independent School District.

The high school's mascot is the Mustang. Its colors are maroon and white.

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