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Troy, Texas
Location of Troy, Texas
Location of Troy, Texas
Bell Troy.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Bell
 • Total 4.03 sq mi (10.44 km2)
 • Land 4.02 sq mi (10.42 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation 679 ft (207 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,645
 • Density 408.1/sq mi (157.57/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76579
Area code(s) 254
FIPS code 48-73748
GNIS feature ID 1370154

Troy is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,645 at the 2010 census. It is part of the KilleenTempleFort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Troy is located in northern Bell County at 31°12′10″N 97°18′6″W / 31.20278°N 97.30167°W / 31.20278; -97.30167 (31.202907, -97.301719), along Interstate 35. It is 8 miles (13 km) north of Temple and 26 miles (42 km) south of Waco.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km2), of which 0.008 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.20%, is water.


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


Troy was established around a railroad station of the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad in 1882. It replaced an older village about two miles north of the current city and which is referred to as Old Troy. Originally the new town was known as New Troy. A weekly newspaper was established at Troy in 1892.

For a brief period in the 1990s, Troy renamed itself Troy Aikman, Texas, in honor of the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl-winning quarterback. City limits signs on I-35 reflected the name change.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 219
1970 542
1980 1,353 149.6%
1990 1,395 3.1%
2000 1,378 −1.2%
2010 1,645 19.4%
Est. 2015 1,843 12.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,378 people, 508 households, and 394 families residing in the city. The population density was 387.5 people per square mile (149.5/km²). There were 527 housing units at an average density of 148.2/sq mi (57.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.26% White, 1.16% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 7.40% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.11% of the population.

There were 508 households out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,250, and the median income for a family was $42,188. Males had a median income of $35,134 versus $24,559 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,974. About 7.6% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 22.7% of those age 65 or over.

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