Smithville is a city in
County, Texas, United States, near the Colorado River.
was 3,901 at the 2000 census. The population grew to an estimated
4,339 for 2004.
Smithville was established in 1827, when Thomas Gazely settled in
the area and operated a store. A community sprang up around the
store, and it was named Smithville, in honor of another early
resident, William Smith. Gazely's store closed upon his death in
1853. J.P. Jones and Frank Smith opened another store in the
community in 1867. A Presbyterian
was organized in 1871. A post office was opened in 1876.
In 1887, the railroad
came to Smithville
causing the town's population to boom, and the town was
incorporated in March 1895. By 1900, Smithville had a population of
Smithville is located at . This location is 12 miles southeast of
Bastrop and 29 miles
southeast of Austin.
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
3.5 square miles
), of which, 3.5 square miles
) of it is land and 0.04 square miles
) of it (0.85%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 3,901
people, 1,491 households, and 990 families residing in the city.
The population density
1,112.7 people per square mile (429.1/km2
). There were
1,672 housing units at an average density of 476.9/sq mi
). The racial makeup of the city was 78.01%
, 14.53% African American
, 5.10% from other races
, and 1.64% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 15.43%
of the population.
There were 1,491 households out of which 31.0% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples
living together, 13.8% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families.
28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age
of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to
64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,586, and the
median income for a family was $45,163. Males had a median income
of $33,500 versus $23,409 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$16,282. About 12.1% of families and 15.9% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 21.2%
of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.
Smithville is served by the Smithville Independent
Notable people from Smithville
- The movie Hope Floats was filmed in
Smithville, and was released at theaters across the nation on May
29, 1998. 
- On December 2, 2006, at the area's annual Festival of Lights,
Smithville broke the Guinness Book of world records' record for the
world's largest gingerbread man. The record breaking "man" measures
over 26 feet and weighs 1,308 lb, 8 oz. The pan used in the baking
now stands as a monument at the James H. Long Railroad Park in
(Listed in the Guinness World Records 2009, page 124. 1,308 lb 8 oz
Smithville Chamber of Commerce 2006)