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Rockdale, Texas
Rockdale City Hall is located off U.S. Highway 79.
Rockdale City Hall is located off U.S. Highway 79.
Motto(s): 
"Great Things Happen Here"
Location of Rockdale, Texas
Location of Rockdale, Texas
Milam County Rockdale.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Milam
Area
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (8.1 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
466 ft (142 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total 5,439
 • Density 1,735.8/sq mi (670.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
76567
Area code(s) 512
FIPS code 48-62672
GNIS feature ID 1366723
Website City of Rockdale, Texas
Rockdale, TX welcome sign IMG 2242
Rockdale welcome sign
Rockdale, TX, Chamber of Commerce office IMG 2243
The Chamber of Commerce building in Rockdale
U.S. Highway 79 in Rockdale, TX IMG 2250
U.S. 79 is the main street of Rockdale.
Rockdale, TX, police department IMG 2245
Rockdale Police Department; Chief Thomas Harris (2011)
First Baptist Church, Rockdale, TX IMG 2256
First Baptist Church of Rockdale; pastor Jack Chelf, Jr. (2011)

Rockdale is a city in Milam County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census. It is approximately 41 miles west of College Station.

History

In 1873, the town developed as the International-Great Northern Railroad came through the area. Rockdale was named for a nearby rock that stood 12 feet high and had a circumference of 20 feet. Rockdale was incorporated in 1878.

Geography

Rockdale is located at 30°39′17″N 97°0′27″W / 30.65472°N 97.00750°W / 30.65472; -97.00750 (30.654674, -97.007439).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all land.

Climate

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,185
1890 1,505 27.0%
1900 2,515 67.1%
1910 2,073 −17.6%
1920 2,323 12.1%
1930 2,204 −5.1%
1940 2,136 −3.1%
1950 2,321 8.7%
1960 4,481 93.1%
1970 4,655 3.9%
1980 5,611 20.5%
1990 5,235 −6.7%
2000 5,439 3.9%
2010 5,595 2.9%
Est. 2015 5,609 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,439 people, 2,077 households, and 1,420 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,735.8 people per square mile (670.9/km²). There were 2,379 housing units at an average density of 759.2 per square mile (293.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.69% White, 14.29% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 12.23% from other races, and 2.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.93% of the population.

There were 2,077 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,612, and the median income for a family was $39,491. Males had a median income of $30,758 versus $20,692 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,618. About 13.2% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

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