Bell County, TX

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2022 Population
372,821
2.23% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
31.7
0.635% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.7%
2.94% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$62,858
8.5% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$196,300
19.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
152,373
2.5% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Bell County, TX had a population of 373k people with a median age of 31.7 and a median household income of $62,858. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Bell County, TX grew from 364,703 to 372,821, a 2.23% increase and its median household income grew from $57,932 to $62,858, a 8.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bell County, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (43.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (21.7%), White (Hispanic) (11.3%), Two+ (Hispanic) (6.95%), and Other (Hispanic) (5.21%).

None of the households in Bell County, TX reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96% of the residents in Bell County, TX are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bell County, TX are University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (226471) (884 degrees awarded in 2022), Temple College (828 degrees), and Texas A&M University-Central Texas (740 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Bell County, TX was $196,300, and the homeownership rate was 54.5%.

Most people in Bell County, TX drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Bell County, TX was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Bell County, TX is home to a population of 373k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.17% of Bell County, TX residents were born outside of the country (30.5k people).

In 2022, there were 1.99 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (161k people) in Bell County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 80.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 42.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96%
2022 Citizenship
96.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96% of Bell County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Bell County, TX was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bell County, TX
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    161k ± 590
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    80.8k ± 1.26k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    42.2k ± 2.86k
26.2%
Hispanic Population
97.6k people

In 2022, there were 1.99 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (161k people) in Bell County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 80.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 42.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

26.2% of the people in Bell County, TX are hispanic (97.6k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Bell County, TX as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,430,315 ± 36,649 people
  2. India
    305,649 ± 13,502 people
  3. El Salvador
    224,600 ± 11,591 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,430,315 Texas residents, followed by India with 305,649 and El Salvador with 224,600.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.17%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
30.5k people
7.74%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
28.2k people

As of 2022, 8.17% of Bell County, TX residents (30.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bell County, TX was 7.74%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    27,965 ± 1,661
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    9,214 ± 847
  3. Vietnam
    6,712 ± 559

Bell County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 3.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Bell County, TX employs 152k people. The largest industries in Bell County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,521 people), Retail Trade (17,059 people), and Educational Services (15,974 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($72,100), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($62,750), and Public Administration ($57,467).

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,213. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

152k
2022 Value
± 3,745
2.5%
1 Year growth
± 3.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Bell County, TX grew at a rate of 2.5%, from 149k employees to 152k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bell County, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (18,934 people), Sales & Related Occupations (15,091 people), and Management Occupations (13,672 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bell County, TX.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

152k
2022 Value
± 3,745
2.5%
1 Year growth
± 3.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Bell County, TX grew at a rate of 2.5%, from 149k employees to 152k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bell County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,521 people), Retail Trade (17,059 people), and Educational Services (15,974 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bell County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Bell County, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,583
Median earning men ± $1,938
$32,315
Median earning women ± $1,273

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($60,881), Public Administration ($59,910), and Manufacturing ($55,820).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($51,751), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($39,665), and Manufacturing ($38,235).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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4.59%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 13.8M people employed in Texas. This represents a 4.59% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 9.63%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,895
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,446
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 1,144
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Bell County, TX went to Donald J. Trump with 53.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.55%).

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing the state of Texas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Texas is currently represented by 38 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Texas

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John Cornyn
Senator from Texas2
Assumed office on December 2, 2002
Phil Gramm resigned (effective November 30, 2002) a few weeks before the expiration of his term in hopes that his successor, fellow Republican John Cornyn, could gain seniority over other newly elected senators. However, Cornyn did not gain additional seniority due to a 1980 Rules Committee policy.
Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing Texas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Texas

Texas is currently represented by 38 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Bell County, TX awarded 2,566 degrees. The student population of Bell County, TX in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 3,629 male students and 6,913 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bell County, TX are White (1,265 and 49.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (654 and 25.7%), Black or African American (408 and 16%), and Two or More Races (74 and 2.9%).

The largest universities in Bell County, TX by number of degrees awarded are University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (226471) (884 and 34.5%), Temple College (828 and 32.3%), and Texas A&M University-Central Texas (740 and 28.8%).

The most popular majors in Bell County, TX are Registered Nursing (320 and 12.5%), General Studies (259 and 10.1%), and General Business Administration & Management (160 and 6.24%).

The median tuition costs in Bell County, TX are $27,440 for private four year colleges, and $6,593 and $16,385 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Bell County, TX, the percentage of applicants admitted was 95.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 6.22%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 10,542 (34.4% men and 65.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 10,542 students enrolled in Bell County, TX, 34.4% men and 65.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,677 records, of which 66% were women and 34% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 199 degrees awarded
  2. 83 degrees awarded
  3. 66 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bell County, TX was Registered Nursing with 199 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Bell County, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 884 degrees awarded
  2. 828 degrees awarded
  3. 740 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (226471) with 884 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 826 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bell County, TX, which is 0.475 times less than the 1,740 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,265 degrees mean that there were 1.93 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 654 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($27,440) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,808) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.59% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.53% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (5.7M), Some college (4.97M), and Bachelors Degree (4.2M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bell County, TX was $196,300 in 2022, which is 0.696 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $164,200 to $196,300, a 19.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Bell County, TX is 54.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Bell County, TX have an average commute time of 22.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Bell County, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Bell County, TX is $62,858. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Bell County, TX was Census Tract 224.02 with a value of $108,966, followed by Census Tract 202.01 and Census Tract 234.04, with respective values of $106,957 and $87,292.

In 2022, 15.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Bell County, TX. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.0697%.

Property

$196,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,767
$73,362
Median Property Taxes
±$2,214

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bell County, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

54.5%
Homeownership
2022
66.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 54.5% of the housing units in Bell County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 224.02
  2. Census Tract 202.01
  3. Census Tract 234.04

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bell County, TX was Census Tract 224.02 with a value of $108,966, followed by Census Tract 202.01 and Census Tract 234.04, with respective values of $106,957 and $87,292.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Bell County, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$62,858
Median Household Income
± $1,761
134k
Number of Households
± 3,270

In 2022, the median household income of the 134k households in Bell County, TX grew to $62,858 from the previous year's value of $57,932.

The following chart displays the households in Bell County, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bell County, TX is from Texas.
0.476
2022 Wage GINI in Texas
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2022, the income inequality in Texas was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0231% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Texas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.9%)
  2. Carpooled (10.6%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.52%)

In 2022, 77.9% of workers in Bell County, TX drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.6%) and those who worked at home (7.52%).

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Commute Time

22.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bell County, TX have a shorter commute time (22.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.21% of the workforce in Bell County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Bell County, TX. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.0697%.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bell County, TX (53k out of 361k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bell County, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 21.4% of the children was living in poverty in Bell County, TX. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 411 in Bell County, TX. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 6.81 per 100,000 population.

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Health

85.5% of the population of Bell County, TX has health coverage, with 35.7% on employee plans, 14.1% on Medicaid, 6.89% on Medicare, 17% on non-group plans, and 11.9% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Bell County, TX see 1296 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.05% increase from the previous year (1270 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1189 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 418 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,296 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Bell County, TX

Primary care physicians in Bell County, TX see an average of 1,296 patients per year. This represents a 2.05% increase from the previous year (1,270 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 30.7% under 18 years, 23.2% between 18 and 34 years, 34.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

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Uninsured People

14.5%
Uninsured
35.7%
Employer Coverage
14.1%
Medicaid
6.89%
Medicare
17%
Non-Group
11.9%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bell County, TX grew by 4.56% from 13.8% to 14.5%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 67.3 in Bell County, TX.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 39% in Bell County, TX.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 16.6% in Bell County, TX.

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