Bedford is a city located in northeastern Tarrant County, Texas, United States, in the "Mid-Cities" area between Dallas and Fort Worth. It is a suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth. The population was 49,928 at the 2020 census.[3] Bedford is part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

Bedford, Texas
Location of Bedford in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Bedford in Tarrant County, Texas
Bedford is located in Texas
Location in Texas
Bedford is located in the United States
Bedford (the United States)
Bedford is located in North America
Bedford (North America)
Coordinates: 32°50′48″N 97°8′23″W / 32.84667°N 97.13972°W / 32.84667; -97.13972
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Dan Cogan 2021-2024
Nichelle D. Dawkins 2022-2024
Ruth Culver 2023-2024
Amy Sabol 2022-2025
Rich Steves 2021-2026
Steve Farco 2022-2025
Rob Gagliardi 2020-2026
 • City managerJimmy Stathatos [1]
 • Total10.04 sq mi (26.00 km2)
 • Land10.03 sq mi (25.98 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  0.10%
597 ft (182 m)
 • Total49,928
 • Density4,977.87/sq mi (1,921.96/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
76021, 76022, 76095
Area codes214, 469, 945, 972, 682, 817
FIPS code48-07132[4]
GNIS feature ID1372463[5]

Geography edit

Bedford is located at 32°50′48″N 97°8′23″W / 32.84667°N 97.13972°W / 32.84667; -97.13972 (32.846790, –97.139630).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), of which 0.10% is water.

Neighboring cities include Hurst and Euless.

Prominent highways include State Highway 121 and State Highway 183, also known as Airport Freeway (a reference to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, so called because this was the main thoroughfare to the airport in the early years of its history).

Demographics edit

Historical population
2021 (est.)49,187−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Bedford racial composition as of 2020[8]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 29,991 60.07%
Black or African American (NH) 5,693 11.4%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 184 0.37%
Asian (NH) 2,626 5.26%
Pacific Islander (NH) 417 0.84%
Some Other Race (NH) 191 0.38%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 2,366 4.74%
Hispanic or Latino 8,460 16.94%
Total 49,928

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 49,928 people, 20,089 households, and 12,431 families residing in the city.

Local government edit

The City of Bedford, Texas Home Rule Charter was adopted September 24, 1966. The city operates under a Council-Manager form of government and provides the following services by its charter: public safety, public works, health, culture, recreation, community development, water and sewer utilities.

According to the city's 2013-2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $62.5 million in revenues, $56.9 million in expenditures, $127.4 million in total assets, $67.2 million in total liabilities, and $22.4 million in cash and investments.[10]

Tax rollback of 2005 edit

In 2004, the Bedford city council determined that after years of cost-cutting, a property tax increase would be necessary.[11] The council adopted a higher tax rate, but it triggered a tax rollback election in March 2005. The rollback provision passed and the city council revised the budget immediately due to the lack of funds, cutting city services including swimming pools, recreational centers, and the city library. However, an anonymous donation of $300,000 allowed the reopening of the library, one pool, the recreational center, and senior center. Another $20,000 was raised through a resident fundraising drive to help reopen the library.[12] City records show they had budget surpluses in the following years.

Economy edit

Top employers edit

According to Bedford's 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report,[13] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Texas Health Resources 1,415
2 Carter BloodCare 891
3 HEB ISD 614
4 State National Companies 486
5 (tie) Warrantech 416
5 (tie) Walmart Supercenter 416
7 City of Bedford 353
8 Daystar Television Network 294
9 Bedford Wellness & Rehab 130
10 Kroger Foods 120

Education edit

Bedford is within the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. School district facilities in Bedford include Pennington Field stadium, Gene A. Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy, two junior high schools, six elementary schools, and administrative offices. High School Students are also served by L.D. Bell High School in Hurst and Trinity High School or KEYS High School in Euless.

Notable people edit

References edit

  1. ^ Campbell, Elizabeth (January 15, 2020). "Bedford city manager, city council agree to part ways 'effective immediately'". Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2020 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Bedford city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 6, 2024.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  9. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  10. ^ City of Bedford 2013-14 CAFR Retrieved 2015-06-30
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Bedford Public Library, Hours and Location". Archived from the original on May 31, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
  13. ^ City of Bedford ACFR
  14. ^ "Jonathan Stickland's Biography". Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  15. ^ Michael Granberry (February 6, 2018). "The ABC show 'Kevin (Probably) Saves the World' is full of Texas connections". Guide Live. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[9]

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