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Veterans Memorial at Bastrop County Courthouse

The Bastrop County Historical Museum in Bastrop periodically changes its exhibits.

Bastrop County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texasmarker. It is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. As of 2006, the population was 71,700. Its county seat is Bastropmarker . Bastrop County is named for Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop (he was actually a commoner named Philip Hendrik Nering Bogel wanted for embezzlement in his native country of the Netherlandsmarker), an early Dutch settler who assisted Stephen F. Austin in obtaining land grants in Texasmarker. (See List of Texas county name etymologies.)


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 896 square miles (2,320 km²), of which, 888 square miles (2,301 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) of it (0.84%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 57,733 people, 20,097 households, and 14,771 families residing in the county. The population density was 65 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 22,254 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.24% White, 8.79% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 7.60% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. 23.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,097 households out of which 35.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.00% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,578, and the median income for a family was $49,456. Males had a median income of $32,843 versus $25,536 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,146. About 8.40% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.



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Unincorporated areas/Historical Communities


The following school districts serve Bastrop County:

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Recreational facilities


Several Hollywoodmarker feature films and notable independent films have used locations in Bastrop County.

Year Film Top Billed Cast Location
1974 Lovin' Molly Anthony Perkins, Blythe Danner Bastropmarker
1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Marilyn Burns, Allen Danzinger Bastropmarker (Gas Station and BBQ Shack)
1975 The Great Waldo Pepper Robert Redford, Bo Svenson Elginmarker
1994 Love and a .45 Gil Bellows, Renée Zellweger Bastropmarker (Gas station)
1995 The Big Green Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo Elginmarker
1996 Courage Under Fire Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan Bastropmarker
1996 The Whole Wide World Vincent D'Onofrio, Renée Zellweger Bastropmarker
1997 The Only Thrill Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard Bastropmarker
1998 The Dentist 2 Corbin Bernsen, Jillian McWhirter Smithvillemarker
1998 Home Fries Drew Barrymore, Luke Wilson Bastropmarker
1998 Hope Floats Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr. Smithvillemarker
1999 Varsity Blues James Van Der Beek, Amy Smart Elginmarker
1999 The Soul Collector Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Gilbert Bastropmarker
2004 Friday Night Lights Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black Elginmarker
2004 The Alamo Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton Bastropmarker
Jim Small's Big Thicket (Lake camp scenes)
Steiner Ranch (Bexar & Alamo scenes)

2006 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Amber Heard, Anson Mount Bastropmarker
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds Bastropmarker (T.marker A.marker Hasler Housemarker)
2009 The Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn Smithvillemarker
2009 Friday the 13th Jared Padalecki, Derek Mears Camp


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