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Brady, Texas
—  City  —
Nickname(s): The Heart of Texas
Location of Brady, Texas
Coordinates: 31°7′56″N 99°20′29″W / 31.13222°N 99.34139°W / 31.13222; -99.34139
Country United States
State Texas
County McCulloch
 - Total 11.5 sq mi (29.8 km2)
 - Land 9.2 sq mi (23.8 km2)
 - Water 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2)
Elevation 1,677 ft (511 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,523
 - Density 601.1/sq mi (232.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76825
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-09916[1]
GNIS feature ID 1352814[2]

Brady is a city in McCulloch County, Texas, United States. Brady refers to itself as "The Heart of Texas", as it is the closest city to the geographical center of the state. The population was 5,523 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of McCulloch County[3].



Brady is located at 31°7′56″N 99°20′29″W / 31.13222°N 99.34139°W / 31.13222; -99.34139 (31.132252, -99.341255)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (29.8 km²), of which, 9.2 square miles (23.8 km²) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²) of it (20.16%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,523 people, 2,181 households, and 1,448 families residing in the city. The population density was 601.1 people per square mile (232.0/km²). There were 2,603 housing units at an average density of 283.3/sq mi (109.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.41% White, 2.17% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 14.20% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32.68% of the population.

There were 2,181 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,961, and the median income for a family was $28,701. Males had a median income of $25,498 versus $17,289 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,607. About 18.7% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 22.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

John Willoughby "Johnny" Jones (October 26, 1934—December 12, 2008) was a prominent Brady banker and rancher and a former regent of his alma mater, Texas Tech University of Lubbock. Born in Brady to the late John G. Jones and the former Oma Willoughby, he graduated in 1952 from Brady High School. He completed his bachelor of science in animal husbandry from TTU in 1956. He procured a master of science degree in 1957 from Texas A&M University at College Station. He graduated in 1970 from the Southwestern School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. On February 4, 1956, he married the former Doris Ellis in Sweetwater in Nolan County. From 1957-1967, he was a fieldman and then research director for the Texas and American Hereford associations. He returned to Brady to enter the ranching business. In 1968, he began his long tenure at Commercial National Bank, having become president, CEO, and chairman of the board until his retirement in 2006. He was affiliated with both the Texas and American Bankers' associations. Jones chaired the First United Methodist Church board in Brady, the McCulloch County Easter Seals drive, and the Lower Colorado River Authority. He was a director of the National Cattleman's Association and a former president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Worth. He was a former member of the Brady Independent School District trustees and the McCulloch Chamber of Commerce, which presented him with its "Lifetime Achievement Award". Jones died in San Angelo at the Sagecrest Alzheimer's Care Center. Memorial services were held on December 17 at First Methodist. In addition to his wife, he was survived by two sons, Mark and Clay Jones, three grandchildren, and a brother, William L. "Billy" Jones, all of Brady.[5]


Children in Brady attend Brady ISD schools. There are approximately 1,300 students attending Brady ISD. Northward Elementary consists of grades Pre-k and Kindergarten and the principal is Jenny Roberts. Brady Elementary consists of grades 1-5 and the principal is Kelley Hirt. Brady Middle School consists of grades 6-8. Brady High School consists of grades 9-12 with Hector Martinez as principal. Other central office staff includes Dr. Jeffrey L. Brasher as Superintendent.

Brady High School is a TEA Recognized campus. BHS boasts two 2006 Conference 3A State Champions:
Lincoln-Douglas Debate--- Robert Leatherwood


The Board of Trustees


  • Al Pearson * District 4

1st. Vice-President

  • Jason Jacoby
  • District 6

2nd. Vice-President

  • Ed Hernandez
  • District 7


  • Amie Lott
  • District 1


  • Tina Young
  • District 5


  • Darrell Keese
  • District 3


  • Stevin
  • District 2


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ John W. Jones obituary, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, December 15, 2008:

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