Bells, Texas

Bells is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,392 at the 2010 census,[5] up from 1,190 at the 2000 census. The city lies north of Dallas and is part of the ShermanDenison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bells, Texas
Location of Bells, Texas
Location of Bells, Texas
Grayson County Bells.svg
Coordinates: 33°36′49″N 96°24′39″W / 33.61361°N 96.41083°W / 33.61361; -96.41083Coordinates: 33°36′49″N 96°24′39″W / 33.61361°N 96.41083°W / 33.61361; -96.41083
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyGrayson
Area
 • Total2.24 sq mi (5.80 km2)
 • Land2.24 sq mi (5.80 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
689 ft (210 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,392
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
1,515
 • Density676.94/sq mi (261.35/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
75414
Area code(s)903
FIPS code48-07420[3]
GNIS feature ID1351851[4]
Websitewww.cityofbells.org

HistoryEdit

Bells had its start in the early 1870s when the railroad was extended to that point.[6] According to tradition, the ringing of church bells to greet the arrival of the railroad caused the name to be selected.[7]

GeographyEdit

Bells is located in eastern Grayson County, at the intersection of U.S. Route 69 and Texas State Highway 56. US 69 leads northwest 13 miles (21 km) to Denison and south 7 miles (11 km) to Whitewright, while Highway 56 leads west 12 miles (19 km) to Sherman, the Grayson County seat, and east 14 miles (23 km) to Bonham. U.S. Route 82, a four-lane freeway, passes through the northern part of Bells, also leading to Sherman and Bonham.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Bells has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.[5]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
188065
1890429560.0%
190047410.5%
19104964.6%
192058517.9%
1930428−26.8%
19404546.1%
195061435.2%
196070715.1%
197077810.0%
19808468.7%
199096213.7%
20001,19023.7%
20101,39217.0%
2019 (est.)1,515[2]8.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 654 people, 484 households, and 345 families residing in the town. The population density was 520.7 people per square mile (200.6/km2). There were 525 housing units at an average density of 229.7 per square mile (88.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.96% White, 0.17% African American, 1.01% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population.

There were 484 households, out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,711, and the median income for a family was $44,500. Males had a median income of $32,596 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,089. About 9.0% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

The town is served by the Bells Independent School District, with an elementary, junior high and high school.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bells city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 22, 2017.[dead link]
  6. ^ Bells from the Handbook of Texas Online
  7. ^ Tarpley, Fred (5 July 2010). 1001 Texas Place Names. University of Texas Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-292-78693-6.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Texas School Directory 2019-2020" (PDF). Austin, Texas: Texas Education Agency. October 2020. p. 110. Retrieved January 21, 2021.

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