Bosque County, Texas
Bosque County (// BOS-kee) is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,212. Its county seat is Meridian, while Clifton is the largest city and the cultural/financial center of the county. The county is named for the Bosque River, which runs through the center of the county north to south. The Brazos River makes up the eastern border along with the Lake Whitney reservoir it feeds.
The Bosque County Courthouse in Meridian
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
|Coordinates: 31°54′N 97°38′W|
|Named for||Bosque River|
|• Total||1,003 sq mi (2,600 km2)|
|• Land||983 sq mi (2,550 km2)|
|• Water||20 sq mi (50 km2) 1.34%%|
|• Density||19/sq mi (7/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,003 square miles (2,600 km2), of which 983 square miles (2,550 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (2.0%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 17,204 people, 6,726 households, and 4,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 8,644 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.75% White, 1.92% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.17% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 12.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,726 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,181, and the median income for a family was $40,763. Males had a median income of $31,669 versus $21,739 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,455. About 8.9% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.
Bosque County is currently listed as part of the Dallas-Fort Worth DMA. Local media outlets include: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, and KFWD-TV. Although located in Central Texas and a neighboring county of the Waco and Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood metropolitan areas. Meaning all of the Waco/Temple/Killeen market stations also provide coverage for Bosque County. They include: KCEN-TV, KWTX-TV, KXXV-TV, KDYW, and KWKT-TV.
- Jacob De Cordova, land agent, Member, Texas House of Representatives, 1808–1868
- Calvin Maples Cureton, Texas Attorney General from 1919 to 1921, Texas Chief Justice 1921-1940.
- James T. Draper Jr., Texas Southern Baptist clergyman was a pastor in Iredell in Bosque County in the late 1950s.
- James E. Ferguson 26th Governor of Texas.
- Miriam A. Ferguson, James' wife and the 29th and 32nd Governor of Texas.
- Earle Bradford Mayfield, Texas State Senator, United States Senator.
- John Lomax, American musicologist and folklorist.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Bosque County
- "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
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- Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
- Bosque County History Book Committee, Bosque County, Land and People (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1985).
- Bosquerama, 1854-1954: Centennial Celebration of Bosque County, Texas (Meridian, Texas: Bosque County Centennial Association, 1954).
- William C. Pool, A History of Bosque County (San Marcos, Texas: San Marcos Record Press, 1954).
- William C. Pool, Bosque Territory (Kyle, Texas: Chaparral, 1964).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bosque County, Texas.|
- Official website for Bosque County
- Bosque County, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Bosque County from the Texas Almanac
- Bosque County from the TXGenWeb Project
- Bosque County Collection The Archives of the Bosque County Historical Commission.
- View historic materials from the Bosque County Historical Commission, hosted by the Portal to Texas History