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Bedford, Texas

City of Bedford
Location of Bedford in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Bedford in Tarrant County, Texas
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Country  United States
State  Texas
County Flag of Tarrant County, Texas.svg Tarrant
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 10.04 sq mi (26.00 km2)
 • Land 10.03 sq mi (25.98 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  0.10%
597 ft (182 m)
 • Total 46,979
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,890.23/sq mi (1,888.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
76021, 76022, 76095
Area codes 817, 214, 972
FIPS code 48-07132
GNIS feature ID 1372463

Bedford is a city located in northeast Tarrant County, Texas, in the "Mid-Cities" area between Dallas and Fort Worth. It is a suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth. The population was 46,979 at the 2010 census. Bedford is part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.


Bedford is located at 32°50′48″N 97°8′23″W / 32.84667°N 97.13972°W / 32.84667; -97.13972 (32.846790, -97.139630).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), of which 0.10% is water.

Neighboring cities include Hurst and Euless, with which Bedford forms the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

Prominent highways include State Highway 121 and State Highway 183, also known as Airport Freeway (a reference to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, so called because this was the main thoroughfare to the airport in the early years of its history).

Surrounding municipalities


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,706
1970 10,049 271.4%
1980 20,821 107.2%
1990 43,762 110.2%
2000 47,152 7.7%
2010 46,979 −0.4%
2019 (est.) 49,049 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 47,152 people, 20,251 households, and 12,515 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,713.6 people per square mile (1,820.5/km2). There were 21,113 housing units at an average density of 2,110.6 per square mile (815.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.63% White, 3.65% African American, 0.51% Native American, 3.62% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 2.44% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.22% of the population.

There were 20,251 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,436, and the median income for a family was $71,017. Males had a median income of $45,938 versus $33,012 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,466. About 2.4% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.


Top employers

According to Bedford's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Texas Health Resources 1,550
2 Carter BloodCare 872
3 Warrantech 473
4 State National Companies 394
5 Walmart Supercenter 389
6 City of Bedford 358
7 Stericycle (aka Beryl Companies) 345
8 Daystar Television Network 288
9 Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District 251
10 Grubb's Nissan 142


Bedford is within the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. School district facilities in Bedford include Pennington Field stadium, Gene A. Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy, two junior high schools, six elementary schools, and administrative offices. High School Students are also served by L.D. Bell High School in Hurst and Trinity High School or KEYS High School in Euless.

Notable people

  • Scott Chandler, football player
  • Colt David, football player
  • Clint Ford, American actor and writer
  • Donnie Hart, MLB pitcher
  • Courtney Kupets, Olympic gymnast
  • R. K. Milholland, author of the webcomic Something Positive
  • Kyler Murray, Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, 9th overall pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft for the Oakland Athletics
  • Betty Pariso, IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Splurge, rapper
  • Jonathan Stickland, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 92, including Bedford, his city of residence
  • Blake Swihart, baseball player
  • Myles Turner, NBA basketball player for the Indiana Pacers
  • Daniel Woolard, professional soccer player
  • Dustin Ybarra, stand-up comedian and actor
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