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Bosque County, Texas

Bosque County, Texas
The Bosque County Courthouse in Meridian
Map of Texas highlighting Bosque County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1854
Named for Bosque River
Seat Meridian
Largest city Clifton
 • Total 1,003 sq mi (2,598 km2)
 • Land 983 sq mi (2,546 km2)
 • Water 20 sq mi (52 km2), 1.34%
 • (2010) 18,212
 • Density 19/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 25th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.bosquecountywww

Bosque County ( ) is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,212.[1] Its county seat is Meridian,[2] while Clifton is the largest city and the cultural/financial center of the county. The county is named for the Bosque River, which runs through the center of the county north to south. The Brazos River makes up the eastern border along with the Lake Whitney reservoir it feeds.[3]

Since 2005, Bosque County has been represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican Rob Orr of Burleson.


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Media 3
  • Communities 4
  • Notable residents 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Bibliography 8
  • External links 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,003 square miles (2,600 km2), of which 983 square miles (2,550 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (2.0%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 17,204 people, 6,726 households, and 4,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 8,644 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.75% White, 1.92% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.17% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 12.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,726 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.95.

A Williams Institute analysis of 2010 census data found there were about 2.5 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.[9]

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,181, and the median income for a family was $40,763. Males had a median income of $31,669 versus $21,739 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,455. About 8.9% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.


Bosque County is currently listed as part of the Dallas-Fort Worth DMA. Local media outlets include: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, and KFWD-TV. Although located in Central Texas and a neighboring county of the Waco and Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood metropolitan areas. Meaning all of the Waco/Temple/Killeen market stations also provide coverage for Bosque County. They include: KCEN-TV, KWTX-TV, KXXV-TV, KDYW, and KWKT-TV.


Notable residents

See also


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  • Bosque County History Book Committee, Bosque County, Land and People (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1985).
  • Bosquerama, 1854-1954: Centennial Celebration of Bosque County, Texas (Meridian, Texas: Bosque County Centennial Association, 1954).
  • William C. Pool, A History of Bosque County (San Marcos, Texas: San Marcos Record Press, 1954).
  • William C. Pool, Bosque Territory (Kyle, Texas: Chaparral, 1964).

External links

  • Official website for Bosque County
  • Bosque County, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Bosque County from the Texas Almanac
  • Bosque County from the TXGenWeb Project
  • Bosque County Collection The Archives of the Bosque County Historical Commission.
  • View historic materials from the Bosque County Historical Commission, hosted by the Portal to Texas History

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