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Brenham, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Brenham, Texas
Coordinates: 30°9′43″N 96°23′49″W / 30.16194°N 96.39694°W / 30.16194; -96.39694
Country United States
State Texas
County Washington
Area
 - Total 8.8 sq mi (22.7 km2)
 - Land 8.8 sq mi (22.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 341 ft (104 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 13,507
 - Density 1,541.5/sq mi (595.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77833-77834
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-10156[1]
GNIS feature ID 1331223[2]
Map of the city 1873

Brenham is a city in central Texas in Washington County, Texas, United States, with a population of 13,507 according to the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Washington County[3]. Brenham is south of College Station.

Brenham is known for a German heritage festival that takes place each May called Maifest, similar to Volksfest.[4]

Brenham is the home of Gus Franklin Mutscher, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 1969-1972, and thereafter the long-term county judge of Washington County. He was convicted in the Sharpstown scandal and was not re-elected as a state representative.

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Geography

Brenham is located at 30°9′43″N 96°23′49″W / 30.16194°N 96.39694°W / 30.16194; -96.39694 (30.161901, -96.397004)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²), all of it land.

Every year Brenham has their Juneteenth parade. This parade focuses on Black emancipation. Every year the drumline Clouds of Thunder perform under the direction of Englow Graves.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,507 people, 4,907 households, and 3,115 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,541.5 people per square mile (595.3/km²). There were 5,317 housing units at an average density of 606.8/sq mi (234.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.99% White, 21.91% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.86% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.75% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.25% of the population.

Washington County Boys' Corn Club mounted and in parade, May 26, 1910

There were 4,907 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 15.9% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,198, and the median income for a family was $41,486. Males had a median income of $31,133 versus $22,152 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,351. About 12.8% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Stop N'Save, which serves as the terminal for Greyhound Lines-affiliated operations

Greyhound Bus Lines offers bus services from the Stop N'Save at 601 East Main Street.[6]

Industry

Brenham is the home of and headquarters for Blue Bell Creameries, an ice cream brand that is especially popular in the state of Texas and the southeastern United States. Blue Bell is the third best-selling ice cream brand in the United States, despite being sold in only seventeen states.

Education

The City of Brenham is served by the Brenham Independent School District and Brenham Christian Academy. Brenham is also the home of Blinn College, the oldest county-owned junior college in Texas. Blinn also has a campus in Bryan.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Texas State Historical Commission. "The Brenham Maifest, Texas State Historical Marker". http://www.stoppingpoints.com/texas/sights.cgi?marker=Brenham+Maifest&cnty=washington.  
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  6. ^ "Brenham, Texas." Greyhound Lines. Retrieved on April 7, 2009.

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