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Bosque County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Bosque County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1854
Seat Meridian
Largest City Clifton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,003 sq mi (2,598 km²)
983 sq mi (2,546 km²)
20 sq mi (52 km²), 1.34%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

18,212
19/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.bosquecounty.us
Named for: Bosque River

Bosque County (/ˈbɒski/ BOSS-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.

Since 2015, Bosque County has been represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican DeWayne Burns. The previous 10-year representative was the Republican Rob Orr of Burleson.

Geography

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.

Major highways

  • Texas 6.svg State Highway 6
  • Texas 22.svg State Highway 22
  • Texas 144.svg State Highway 144
  • Texas 174.svg State Highway 174

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,005
1870 4,981 148.4%
1880 11,217 125.2%
1890 14,224 26.8%
1900 17,390 22.3%
1910 19,013 9.3%
1920 18,032 −5.2%
1930 15,750 −12.7%
1940 15,761 0.1%
1950 11,836 −24.9%
1960 10,809 −8.7%
1970 10,966 1.5%
1980 13,401 22.2%
1990 15,125 12.9%
2000 17,204 13.7%
2010 18,212 5.9%
Est. 2015 17,891 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

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.

A Williams Institute analysis of 2010 census data found there were about 2.5 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.

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.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

  • Laguna Park

Unincorporated communities

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