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Bell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texasmarker. It is part of the KilleenmarkerTemplemarkerFort Hoodmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 237,974 (however, 2006 estimates place the population at 264,960 according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Texas Data Center). Its county seat is Beltonmarker . The center of population of Texas is located in Bell County, in the town of Hollandmarker . Bell is named for Peter Hansborough Bell, the third governor of Texas.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,088 square miles (2,818 km²), of which, 1,060 square miles (2,745 km²) of it is land and 28 square miles (73 km²) of it (2.59%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 237,974 people, 85,507 households, and 61,992 families residing in the county. The population density was 225 people per square mile (87/km²). There were 92,782 housing units at an average density of 88 per square mile (34/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.41% White, 20.43% Black or African American, 0.72% Native American, 2.56% Asian, 0.48% Pacific Islander, 8.54% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. 16.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 13.3% were of German, 9.7% Americanmarker, 6.7% Irish and 5.9% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 85,507 households out of which 40.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 12.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 13.40% from 18 to 24, 31.90% from 25 to 44, 17.00% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,872, and the median income for a family was $41,455. Males had a median income of $28,031 versus $22,364 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,219. About 9.70% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.30% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

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Bell County is served by several school districts:



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