Rio Vista, Texas

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Rio Vista, Texas
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Location in Johnson County and the state of Texas
Location in Johnson County and the state of Texas
Coordinates: 32°14′16″N 97°22′38″W / 32.23778°N 97.37722°W / 32.23778; -97.37722Coordinates: 32°14′16″N 97°22′38″W / 32.23778°N 97.37722°W / 32.23778; -97.37722
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.06 sq mi (2.74 km2)
 • Land1.05 sq mi (2.73 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
732 ft (223 m)
 • Total873
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,019.92/sq mi (393.62/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)817
FIPS code48-62240[3]
GNIS feature ID1345247[4]

Rio Vista is a city in Johnson County, Texas, United States. The population was 873 at the 2010 census,[5] up from 656 at the 2000 census. Rio Vista residents pronounce the name of the town either "RYE-o Vista", "REE-o Vista", or "REE-a-Vista"[6]

Tornado Outbreak 2015[edit]

On the night of April 26, 2015, Rio Vista was hit by 5 tornadoes (all EF0) in an onslaught that lasted 3+ hours. Damage was widely reported in the town the next day.


Rio Vista is located in southern Johnson County at 32°14′16″N 97°22′38″W / 32.23778°N 97.37722°W / 32.23778; -97.37722 (32.237783, -97.377151).[7] Texas State Highway 174 passes through the west side of the city, leading north 8 miles (13 km) to Cleburne, the county seat, and southwest 30 miles (48 km) to Meridian.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Rio Vista has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.7 km2), of which 2.0 acres (7,995 m2), or 0.29%, are water.[5] The city's area drains to the Nolan River, a tributary of the Brazos River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20191,075[2]23.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 656 people, 236 households, and 178 families residing in the city. The population density was 828.3 people per square mile (320.6/km2). There were 260 housing units at an average density of 328.3/sq mi (127.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.27% White, 0.15% Native American, 2.74% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.18% of the population.

There were 236 households, out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 31.6% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,859, and the median income for a family was $31,696. Males had a median income of $27,206 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,806. About 6.7% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.


The city is served by the Rio Vista Independent School District.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Rio Vista city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  6. ^ My mother who lived there most her life
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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