Thrall, Texas

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Thrall, Texas
City
Location of Thrall, Texas
Location of Thrall, Texas
Williamson County Thrall.svg
Coordinates: 30°35′19″N 97°17′55″W / 30.58861°N 97.29861°W / 30.58861; -97.29861Coordinates: 30°35′19″N 97°17′55″W / 30.58861°N 97.29861°W / 30.58861; -97.29861
Country United States
State Texas
County Williamson
Area
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 561 ft (171 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 712
 • Density 1,746.8/sq mi (674.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76578
Area code(s) 512
FIPS code 48-72824[1]
GNIS feature ID 1369876[2]
Website Thrall ISD Webpage

Thrall is a city in Williamson County, Texas, United States. The population was 710 at the 2000 census, and 847 in the 2005 census estimate. By 2011, the population had grown to 898. The name Thrall was chosen for the community to honor the Rev. Homer S. Thrall, a Methodist minister and historian much admired by local settlers and residents.In 1998, the Thrall Varsity Baseball team won the A Texas state championship. And just recently the Women's Power Lifting team won the 2008 and 2009 state women's powerlifting state championship.

Geography[edit]

Thrall is located at 30°35′19″N 97°17′55″W / 30.588640°N 97.298707°W / 30.588640; -97.298707 (30.588640, -97.298707)[3], about 35 miles northeast of Austin.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km2), all of it land. It is located in Williamson county.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 710 people, 255 households, and 189 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,746.8 people per square mile (668.6/km2). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 649.5/sq mi (248.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.00% White, 8.59% African American, 1.41% Native American, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 18.03% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35.92% of the population.

There were 255 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,205, and the median income for a family was $36,845. Males had a median income of $28,897 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,807. About 12.4% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education and Athletics[edit]

The city of Thrall is served by the Thrall Independent School District and home to the Thrall High School Tigers. Thrall ISD has been recognized at the state level for academic and athletic accomplishments. They also are known for their powerlifting. One of their students, Molly Jaeger, got 4th in the world. She competed against Russians and Koreans in the Czech Republic in 2010.[4]

Thrall flood[edit]

On September 9 and 10, 1921, the remnants of a hurricane moved over Williamson County. The center of the storm became stationary over Thrall, dropping a storm total of 39.7 inches of rain in 36 hours.[5]

The 24-hour rainfall total ending 7 AM on September 10, 1921 (38.2 inches) at a U.S. Weather Bureau station in Thrall remains the national official 24-hr rainfall record.

Eighty-seven people drowned in and near Taylor, and 93 in Williamson County. Thrall rainfall was 23.4 inches during 6 hours, 31.8 in. during 12 hours, and 36.4 in. during 18 hours.[6] This storm caused the most deadly floods in Texas, with a total of 215 fatalities.

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