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Granbury, Texas
Hood County Courthouse in 2008
Location of Granbury, Texas
Location of Granbury, Texas
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Hood County
 • Total 13.994 sq mi (36.244 km2)
 • Land 13.386 sq mi (34.670 km2)
 • Water 0.608 sq mi (1.575 km2)
735 ft (224 m)
 • Total 7,978
 • Density 619.1/sq mi (239.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-30416
GNIS feature ID 1336797

Granbury is a city and county seat of Hood County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,978 and is the principal city of the Granbury Micropolitan Statistical Area. Granbury is located 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas.


Founded in 1887, Granbury started as a square and log cabin court house. Many of the buildings on the square are now registered historic landmarks, including the Granbury Opera House, which still hosts Broadway productions. The city name originated from the Confederate General Hiram B. Granberry. Some scholars, to explain why the city name is spelled differently, believe the name Granberry was misread on a document, but recent findings have concluded that Granberry chose to spell his name Granbury. Recent expansion of the city was made possible by the damming of the Brazos River in 1969, which formed Lake Granbury, a long, narrow lake which flows through the city.

Granbury and Hood County are rich in Texas history. David (Davy) Crockett's wife, Elizabeth, settled in Hood County in 1853 following the Texas Revolution against Mexico. Crockett, as well as other Alamo participants, received 640 acres in land grants. The Crockett family received land in what is now Hood County. Elizabeth Crockett is buried in Acton State Historic Site, the smallest state park in Texas. A large statue of Elizabeth Crockett marks her grave site. Several of Crockett's descendants still reside in Hood County.

John Wilkes Booth, according to Granbury legend, moved to Hood County and assumed the name of John St. Helen. A store on the historic town square, St. Helen's, is named after him.

2013 tornado

On May 15, 2013, a tornado with a preliminary rating of EF4 struck Granbury leaving six confirmed deaths and at least 100 homes damaged. Additionally, approximately 48 persons injured by the twister were treated at Lake Granbury Medical Center.


Granbury is located at 32°26′31″N 97°46′53″W / 32.44194°N 97.78139°W / 32.44194; -97.78139 (32.441978, −97.781383). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.994 square miles (36.24 km2), of which, 13.386 square miles (34.67 km2) of it is land and 0.608 square miles (1.57 km2) of it (4.34%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 524
1890 1,164 122.1%
1900 1,410 21.1%
1910 1,336 −5.2%
1920 1,364 2.1%
1930 996 −27.0%
1940 1,166 17.1%
1950 1,683 44.3%
1960 2,227 32.3%
1970 2,473 11.0%
1980 3,332 34.7%
1990 4,045 21.4%
2000 5,718 41.4%
2010 7,978 39.5%
Est. 2015 9,386 17.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,978 people, 3,559 households, and 1,927 families residing in the city. The population density was 619.1 people per square mile (239.0/km²). There were 4,419 housing units at an average density of 342.9 per square mile (132.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.75% White, 0.71% African American, 0.71% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.11% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.57% of the population.

Granbury Town Square
Stores lining the town square at sunset

There were 3,559 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.83. In the city, the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,952, and the median income for a family was $45,451. Males had a median income of $34,625 versus $25,721 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,801. About 5.0% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.


Granbury is served by Granbury Regional Airport (GDJ). The neighborhood of Pecan Plantation has a municipal airport (PCP). It operates only recreational flights.



The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Granbury has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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