Blanco County, Texas

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Blanco County
The Blanco County Courthouse of 1916 was the first permanent courthouse built after the county seat moved to Johnson City in 1890.
The Blanco County Courthouse of 1916 was the first permanent courthouse built after the county seat moved to Johnson City in 1890.
Map of Texas highlighting Blanco County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 30°16′N 98°24′W / 30.27°N 98.4°W / 30.27; -98.4
Country United States
State Texas
FoundedFebruary 12, 1858
Named forBlanco River
SeatJohnson City
Largest cityBlanco
Area
 • Total713 sq mi (1,850 km2)
 • Land709 sq mi (1,840 km2)
 • Water4.2 sq mi (11 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total11,374
 • Density16/sq mi (6.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district21st
Websitewww.co.blanco.tx.us

Blanco County (Spanish: "white", /ˈblæŋk/ BLANG-koh) is a United States county located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is located in Central Texas and its county seat is Johnson City.[1]

As of the 2020 census, the population was 11,374.[2][3]

The county is named for the Blanco River that traverses the county.

History[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18601,281
18701,187−7.3%
18803,583201.9%
18904,64929.8%
19004,7031.2%
19104,311−8.3%
19204,063−5.8%
19303,842−5.4%
19404,26411.0%
19503,780−11.4%
19603,657−3.3%
19703,567−2.5%
19804,68131.2%
19905,97227.6%
20008,41841.0%
201010,49724.7%
202011,3748.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
1850–2010[16] 2010[17] 2020[18]

2020 census[edit]

Blanco County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[17] Pop 2020[18] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 8,336 8,707 79.14% 76.55%
Black or African American alone (NH) 62 68 0.59% 0.60%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 47 36 0.45% 0.32%
Asian alone (NH) 49 38 0.47% 0.33%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 4 0 0.04% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 5 70 0.05% 0.62%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 85 363 0.81% 3.19%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,909 2,092 18.19% 18.39%
Total 10,497 11,374 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.


2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[19] of 2000, there were 8,418 people, 3,303 households, and 2,391 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km2). There were 4,031 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.97% White, 0.74% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 5.88% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. 15.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,303 households, out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.40% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,369, and the median income for a family was $45,382. Males had a median income of $31,717 versus $21,879 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,721. About 8.10% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 713 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 709 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (0.6%) is water.[20]

Blanco County is located in the Hill Country of central Texas, west of Austin and north of San Antonio. Two significant rivers, the Blanco and the Pedernales, flow through the county.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Texas Parklands[edit]

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Blanco County, Texas[21]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,443 73.15% 1,911 25.68% 87 1.17%
2016 4,212 74.09% 1,244 21.88% 229 4.03%
2012 3,638 73.16% 1,220 24.53% 115 2.31%
2008 3,418 69.20% 1,467 29.70% 54 1.09%
2004 3,277 71.49% 1,267 27.64% 40 0.87%
2000 2,777 73.72% 811 21.53% 179 4.75%
1996 1,919 57.87% 1,028 31.00% 369 11.13%
1992 1,370 44.07% 891 28.66% 848 27.28%
1988 1,680 61.79% 1,012 37.22% 27 0.99%
1984 1,957 73.43% 700 26.27% 8 0.30%
1980 1,434 62.32% 794 34.51% 73 3.17%
1976 1,015 51.89% 923 47.19% 18 0.92%
1972 1,215 71.68% 460 27.14% 20 1.18%
1968 614 42.14% 620 42.55% 223 15.31%
1964 290 19.49% 1,197 80.44% 1 0.07%
1960 557 39.96% 830 59.54% 7 0.50%
1956 796 56.14% 615 43.37% 7 0.49%
1952 919 56.80% 697 43.08% 2 0.12%
1948 497 31.68% 1,003 63.93% 69 4.40%
1944 533 35.25% 846 55.95% 133 8.80%
1940 520 33.18% 1,042 66.50% 5 0.32%
1936 313 22.81% 1,056 76.97% 3 0.22%
1932 127 9.29% 1,233 90.20% 7 0.51%
1928 615 53.25% 539 46.67% 1 0.09%
1924 317 29.41% 586 54.36% 175 16.23%
1920 378 22.13% 426 24.94% 904 52.93%
1916 235 26.55% 628 70.96% 22 2.49%
1912 126 19.30% 448 68.61% 79 12.10%


Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Education[edit]

School districts:[22]

Austin Community College is the designated community college for the county.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Blanco County, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  3. ^ "Blanco County, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Ogilvie, Mary H; Leffler, John (June 12, 2010). "Blanco County". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Comanche Indian Treaty". William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  6. ^ Kelley, Dayton (June 15, 2010). "Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  7. ^ "Round Mountain (Blanco Co)". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. June 15, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  8. ^ "Blanco County Courthouse". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LL. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  9. ^ "Johnson City, Tx". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  10. ^ "Blanco Co Historical Markers". Fort Tours. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  11. ^ "Blanco Co State Park". Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  12. ^ Caro, Robert A (1990). The Path to Power. Vintage. p. 400. ISBN 978-0-679-72945-7.
  13. ^ "C L Browning Ranch". C L Browning Ranch. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  14. ^ "Pedernales Falls State Park". Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing from 1790-2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  16. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  17. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Blanco County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  18. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Blanco County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  19. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  20. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  21. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  22. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Blanco County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 29, 2022. - List
  23. ^ Texas Education Code, Sec. 130.166. AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA..

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Coordinates: 30°16′N 98°24′W / 30.27°N 98.40°W / 30.27; -98.40