|City of Bedford, Texas
Location of Bedford in Tarrant County, Texas
|• City Council||Mayor Jim Griffin
|• City manager||Roger Gibson|
|• Assistant City manager||Kelli Agan|
|• Total||10.0 sq mi (25.9 km2)|
|• Land||10.0 sq mi (25.9 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0.10%|
|Elevation||597 ft (182 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||48,592|
|• Density||4,700/sq mi (1,800/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||76021, 76022, 76095|
|Area code(s)||817, 214, 972|
|GNIS feature ID||1372463|
Bedford is a city located in northeast Tarrant County, Texas, in the "Mid-Cities" area between Dallas and Fort Worth. It is a suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 46,979 at the 2010 census. Bedford is part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.
Bedford is located at (32.846790, -97.139630).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), of which 0.10% is water.
Prominent highways include State Highway 121 and State Highway 183, also known as Airport Freeway (a reference to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, so called because this was the main thoroughfare to the airport in the early years of its history).
|Hurst (3 miles)||Euless
As of the census of 2000, there were 47,152 people, 20,251 households, and 12,515 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,713.6 people per square mile (1,820.5/km²). There were 21,113 housing units at an average density of 2,110.6 per square mile (815.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.63% White, 3.65% African American, 0.51% Native American, 3.62% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 2.44% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.22% of the population.
There were 20,251 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $54,436, and the median income for a family was $71,017. Males had a median income of $45,938 versus $33,012 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,466. About 2.4% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Bedford, Texas Home Rule Charter was adopted September 24, 1966. The city operates under a Council-Manager form of government and provides the following services by its charter: public safety, public works, health, culture, recreation, community development, water and sewer utilities.
According to the city’s 2013-2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $62.5 million in revenues, $56.9 million in expenditures, $127.4 million in total assets, $67.2 million in total liabilities, and $22.4 million in cash and investments.
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
|City Manager||Roger Gibson|
|Assistant City Manager||Kelli Agan|
|City Secretary||Michael Wells|
|Director of Finance||Clifford W. Blackwell, III|
|Fire Chief||James Tindell|
|Police Chief||Jeff Gibson|
|Director of Human Resources||Jill McAdams|
|Director of Development||Bill Syblon|
Tax rollback of 2005
In 2004, the Bedford city council determined that after years of cost cutting, a property tax increase would be necessary. The council adopted a higher tax rate, but it triggered a tax rollback election in March 2005. The rollback provision passed and the city council revised the budget immediately due to the lack of funds, cutting city services including swimming pools, recreational centers, and the city library. However, an anonymous donation of $300,000 allowed the reopening of the library, one pool, the recreational center, and senior center. Another $20,000 was raised through a resident fundraising drive to help reopen the library. City records show they had budget surpluses in the following years.
According to Bedford's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Texas Health Resources Hurst-Euless-Bedford||1,600|
|5||The Beryl Companies||400|
|6||State National Insurance||400|
|7||City of Bedford||370|
|9||Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District||250|
Bedford is within the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.
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