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Leary, Texas
Location of Leary, Texas
Location of Leary, Texas
Bowie County Leary.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Bowie
 • Total 1.31 sq mi (3.39 km2)
 • Land 1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
377 ft (115 m)
 • Total 433
 • Density 385.86/sq mi (149.02/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-42028
GNIS feature ID 1361025

Leary is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States. As part of the Texarkana metropolitan area, it had a 2020 census population of 433, down from 495 in 2010.


Leary is located in eastern Bowie County at 33°28′10″N 94°13′16″W / 33.46944°N 94.22111°W / 33.46944; -94.22111 (33.469318, -94.221100). It is bordered on the south by U.S. Route 82 and the Red River Army Depot. Interstate 30 passes along the northern edge of the city, with access from exits 212 and 213. Texarkana is 10 miles (16 km) to the east, and New Boston is 12 miles (19 km) to the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Leary has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.68%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 352
1980 253 −28.1%
1990 395 56.1%
2000 555 40.5%
2010 495 −10.8%
2020 433 −12.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

According to the 2000 U.S. census, there were 555 people, 223 households, and 177 families residing in the city. The population density was 214.7 people per square mile (83.1/km2). There were 240 housing units at an average density of 92.9/sq mi (35.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.07% White, 5.77% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

There were 223 households, out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 20.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,295, and the median income for a family was $36,071. Males had a median income of $29,196 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,898. About 9.8% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.3% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.


Most of Leary is served by the Leary Independent School District. Small portions of Leary are within the Red Lick Independent School District and Redwater Independent School District.

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