Bell County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Texas.
It is part
of the Killeen–Temple–Fort
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 Belton .
center of population of Texas
is located in Bell County, in the town of Holland .
Bell is named for Peter
, the third governor of Texas
According to the U.S.
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.
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
, and 3.85%
from two or more races. 16.68% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 13.3% were of
German, 9.7% American, 6.7% Irish and 5.9%
English ancestry according to
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
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
16.30% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or
Cities and towns
Bell County is served by several school districts: