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Blue Ridge, Texas

Blue Ridge is a city at the intersection of state highway 78, FM 981, and FM 545 in Collin County, Texas, United States. The population was 822 at the 2010 census. It is the birthplace of Paul Wayne Riley.

Blue Ridge, Texas
Location of Blue Ridge in Collin County, Texas
Location of Blue Ridge in Collin County, Texas
Coordinates: 33°17′57″N 96°24′6″W / 33.29917°N 96.40167°W / 33.29917; -96.40167Coordinates: 33°17′57″N 96°24′6″W / 33.29917°N 96.40167°W / 33.29917; -96.40167
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.12 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Land1.12 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
614 ft (187 m)
 • Total822
 • Density733.9/sq mi (283.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)972
FIPS code48-08872[1]
GNIS feature ID1352485[2]


Blue Ridge is named for the blue flowers found on the hills around the area by early settlers.[citation needed]

2017 Oil Pipeline SpillEdit

On January 30, 2017, 600,000 gallons of oil spilled from the Seaway Pipeline in Blue Ridge.[3]


The city of Blue Ridge is served by Blue Ridge Independent School District.

Parks & RecreationEdit

Bratcher Park is located on the west side of the town square behind Blue Ridge City Hall.

Blue Ridge is also the home of Parkhill Prairie, a 436-acre Blackland tall-grass prairie preserve located off of Collin County road 668.


Blue Ridge is located at 33°17′57″N 96°24′6″W / 33.29917°N 96.40167°W / 33.29917; -96.40167 (33.299206, -96.401616).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2), all of it land.


Census Pop.
Est. 2018903[5]9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 822 people, 284 households, and 210 families residing in the city. The population density was 733.9 people per square mile (283.4/km²). There were 323 housing units at an average density of 288.4 per square mile (111.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.60% White, 0.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.8% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.1% of the population.

There were 284 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,625, and the median income for a family was $67,250. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $43,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,522. About 9.8% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 46.8% of those age 65 or over; however, the margin of error for these metrics was ±10.2% for families in poverty, and ±26.7% and ±27.8% for under 18 and over 65 in poverty, respectively.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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