Bells, Texas

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Bells, Texas
Town
Location of Bells, Texas
Location of Bells, Texas
Grayson County Bells.svg
Coordinates: 33°36′49″N 96°24′39″W / 33.61361°N 96.41083°W / 33.61361; -96.41083Coordinates: 33°36′49″N 96°24′39″W / 33.61361°N 96.41083°W / 33.61361; -96.41083
Country United States
State Texas
County Grayson
Area
 • Total 2.21 sq mi (5.72 km2)
 • Land 2.21 sq mi (5.72 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 689 ft (210 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,392
 • Density 630/sq mi (243.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75414
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-07420[1]
GNIS feature ID 1351851[2]
Website www.cityofbells.org

Bells is a town in Grayson County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,392 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 1,190 at the 2000 census. It is part of the ShermanDenison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Bells had its start in the early 1870s when the railroad was extended to that point.[4] According to tradition, ringing of church bells to greet the arrival of the railroad caused the name to be selected.[5]

Geography[edit]

Bells is located in eastern Grayson County, at the intersection of U.S. Route 69 and Texas State Highway 56. US 69 leads northwest 13 miles (21 km) to Denison and south 7 miles (11 km) to Whitewright, while Highway 56 leads west 12 miles (19 km) to Sherman, the Grayson County seat, and east 14 miles (23 km) to Bonham. U.S. Route 82, a four-lane freeway, passes through the northern part of Bells, also leading to Sherman and Bonham.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Bells has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 65
1890 429 560.0%
1900 474 10.5%
1910 496 4.6%
1920 585 17.9%
1930 428 −26.8%
1940 454 6.1%
1950 614 35.2%
1960 707 15.1%
1970 778 10.0%
1980 846 8.7%
1990 962 13.7%
2000 1,190 23.7%
2010 1,392 17.0%
Est. 2015 1,426 [6] 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,190 people, 484 households, and 345 families residing in the town. The population density was 520.7 people per square mile (200.6/km²). There were 525 housing units at an average density of 229.7 per square mile (88.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.96% White, 0.17% African American, 1.01% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population.

There were 484 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,711, and the median income for a family was $44,500. Males had a median income of $32,596 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,089. About 9.0% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The town is served by the Bells Independent School District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bells town, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Bells from the Handbook of Texas Online
  5. ^ Tarpley, Fred (5 July 2010). 1001 Texas Place Names. University of Texas Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-292-78693-6. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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