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Ponder, Texas
Ponder State Bank
Ponder State Bank
Location of Ponder in Denton County, Texas
Location of Ponder in Denton County, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Denton
 • Total 3.39 sq mi (8.77 km2)
 • Land 3.38 sq mi (8.76 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
732 ft (223 m)
 • Total 1,395
 • Estimate 
 • Density 700.47/sq mi (270.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 940
FIPS code 48-58664
GNIS feature ID 1344345

Ponder is a town in Denton County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,395 at the 2010 census.


The community has the name of the local Ponder family.

Local legend holds that Bonnie and Clyde either robbed the Ponder State Bank or attempted to rob it, only to discover it had gone broke the week before. However, this is not listed in the Barrow Gang's activities. The robbery in question may have been committed by the less famous but more successful Eddie Bentz.


Ponder is located at 33°10′47″N 97°17′9″W / 33.17972°N 97.28583°W / 33.17972; -97.28583 (33.179741, -97.285805).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 208
1980 297 42.8%
1990 432 45.5%
2000 507 17.4%
2010 1,395 175.1%
2019 (est.) 2,369 69.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 507 people, 191 households, and 148 families residing in the town. The population density was 159.7 people per square mile (61.8/km2). There were 205 housing units at an average density of 64.6 per square mile (25.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.08% White, 0.99% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 2.37% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.52% of the population.

There were 191 households, out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out, with 26.2% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,107, and the median income for a family was $61,250. Males had a median income of $47,750 versus $29,545 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,922. About 1.4% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, not including those under the age of 18 or 65 or over.

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Ponder is served by the Ponder Independent School District and Little Lions Learning Center as well as Lil Einsteins Academy.

Notable people

  • Joe McQueen (1919–2019), jazz musician, born in Ponder
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