Burleson County, Texas

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Burleson County, Texas
Burleson County Courthouse.JPG
The Burleson County Courthouse in Caldwell
Map of Texas highlighting Burleson County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1846
Named for Edward Burleson
Seat Caldwell
Largest city Caldwell
Area
 • Total 677 sq mi (1,753 km2)
 • Land 659 sq mi (1,707 km2)
 • Water 18 sq mi (47 km2), 26%
Population
 • (2010) 17,187
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km2)
Congressional district 17th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.co.burleson.tx.us
Prosperity Bank is located across the street from the Burleson County Courthouse in Caldwell.
Office of Burleson County Tribune (founded 1884) in Caldwell

Burleson County (/ˈbɜːrlɪsən/ BUR-li-sən) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,187.[1] Its county seat is Caldwell.[2] The county is named for Edward Burleson, a general and statesman of the Texas Revolution.

Burleson County is part of the College Station-Bryan, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

From 1975 to 1995, the Burleson county judge, who presides over the commissioner's court, were the son and father team of Mark Steglich Caperton (born 1946), a Caldwell attorney, and Woods Allen Caperton (1920-2009). Mark Caperton was the judge from 1975 to 1983 and was succeeded by his father, a former agent of the United States Soil Conservation Service. Woods Caperton also served seventeen years as a member of the Caldwell Independent School District and was a member too of the Burleson County Hospital District. During his time on each board, a new high school and hospital were begun. Woods Caperton was also chairman of the Brazos Valley Development Council and the Brazos Valley Mental Health Mental Retardation Center. He founded the Caldwell Cub Scouts and was instrumental in the development of the Caldwell Little League. Another son, Kent Caperton, served from 1981 to 1991 as the District 5 state senator. Kent Caperton, formerly of Bryan, is a lobbyist and lawyer in Austin.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 677 square miles (1,750 km2), of which 659 square miles (1,710 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (2.6%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18501,713
18605,683231.8%
18708,07242.0%
18809,24314.5%
189013,00140.7%
190018,36741.3%
191018,6871.7%
192016,855−9.8%
193019,84817.8%
194018,334−7.6%
195013,000−29.1%
196011,177−14.0%
19709,999−10.5%
198012,31323.1%
199013,62510.7%
200016,47020.9%
201017,1874.4%
Est. 201617,760[5]3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1850–2010[7] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 16,470 people, 6,363 households, and 4,574 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 8,197 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.07% White, 15.06% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 8.25% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. 14.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.8% were of German, 11.3% American, 10.7% Czech and 6.2% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,363 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,026, and the median income for a family was $39,385. Males had a median income of $28,795 versus $20,146 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,616. About 13.20% of families and 17.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.90% of those under age 18 and 14.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[9]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 76.4% 5,316 21.4% 1,491 2.2% 153
2012 72.4% 4,671 26.4% 1,705 1.2% 80
2008 68.2% 4,547 30.8% 2,053 1.0% 65
2004 65.5% 4,405 33.9% 2,276 0.6% 40
2000 60.4% 3,542 38.1% 2,235 1.5% 89
1996 43.9% 2,174 48.8% 2,419 7.3% 360
1992 35.3% 2,013 44.0% 2,511 20.8% 1,187
1988 42.0% 2,242 57.8% 3,085 0.2% 12
1984 54.3% 3,076 45.5% 2,578 0.2% 12
1980 42.2% 1,943 56.7% 2,615 1.1% 51
1976 28.0% 1,142 71.7% 2,924 0.4% 15
1972 56.4% 1,762 43.6% 1,361 0.1% 2
1968 27.3% 891 51.4% 1,678 21.3% 694
1964 19.6% 617 80.3% 2,527 0.1% 3
1960 21.4% 672 78.5% 2,466 0.2% 5
1956 40.2% 1,173 59.2% 1,726 0.6% 16
1952 30.9% 1,052 68.8% 2,347 0.3% 11
1948 9.9% 240 84.3% 2,051 5.9% 143
1944 6.6% 158 82.8% 1,992 10.7% 257
1940 13.7% 319 86.1% 1,999 0.1% 3
1936 8.4% 135 91.6% 1,466
1932 4.7% 119 95.2% 2,423 0.1% 3
1928 17.9% 339 82.1% 1,558
1924 8.2% 224 91.0% 2,496 0.9% 24
1920 7.1% 141 49.4% 981 43.6% 866
1916 17.5% 262 80.8% 1,208 1.7% 25
1912 21.1% 228 71.3% 771 7.6% 82

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Woods Allen Caperton". Austin American Statesman, November 17, 2009. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  9. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-19. 

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Coordinates: 30°29′N 96°37′W / 30.49°N 96.62°W / 30.49; -96.62