Ponder, Texas

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Ponder, Texas
Ponder State Bank
Ponder State Bank
Location of Ponder in Denton County, Texas
Location of Ponder in Denton County, Texas
Coordinates: 33°10′47″N 97°17′9″W / 33.17972°N 97.28583°W / 33.17972; -97.28583Coordinates: 33°10′47″N 97°17′9″W / 33.17972°N 97.28583°W / 33.17972; -97.28583
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyDenton
Area
 • Total3.39 sq mi (8.77 km2)
 • Land3.38 sq mi (8.76 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
732 ft (223 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total2,442
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
76259
Area code940
FIPS code48-58664[2]
GNIS feature ID1344345[3]

Ponder is a town in Denton County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,442 in 2020.[4]

History[edit]

The community has the name of the local Ponder family.[5]

Local legend holds that Bonnie and Clyde either robbed the Ponder State Bank or attempted to rob it, only to discover it had gone broke the week before. However, this is not listed in the Barrow Gang's activities.[6] The robbery in question may have been committed by the less famous but more successful Eddie Bentz.[7]

Geography[edit]

Ponder is located at 33°10′47″N 97°17′9″W / 33.17972°N 97.28583°W / 33.17972; -97.28583 (33.179741, –97.285805).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970208
198029742.8%
199043245.5%
200050717.4%
20101,395175.1%
2019 (est.)2,369[9]69.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Ponder racial composition as of 2020[4]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,749 71.62%
Black or African American (NH) 83 3.4%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 15 0.61%
Asian (NH) 29 1.19%
Pacific Islander (NH) 1 0.04%
Some Other Race (NH) 8 0.33%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 134 5.49%
Hispanic or Latino 423 17.32%
Total 2,442

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,442 people, 798 households, and 600 families residing in the town.

Education[edit]

Ponder is served by the Ponder Independent School District,[13] which operates Ponder High School.

Notable people[edit]

  • Joe McQueen (1919–2019), jazz musician, born in Ponder

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  5. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 104.
  6. ^ Guinn, Jeff (2009). Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 1-4165-5706-7.
  7. ^ Newton, Michael. Next to the famous Ranchmans Steak house they have recently built a subway on Bailey Street in 2012. The Encyclopedia of Robberies, Heists, and Capers. New York: Facts On File Inc., 2002. (pg. 32-33) ISBN 0-8160-4488-0
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  13. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Denton County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2022-10-03.
  1. ^ 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.[11][12]