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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

18,326
0.6
1,002.5
983.0
410–1,284
36.04
34.8
96.4
8,131
4.0
$33,235,476
$39,190
$2,879,411,669
$80,034,355

map of Bosque County
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Physical Features: Hilly, broken by Brazos, Bosque rivers; limestone to alluvial soils; cedars, oaks, mesquites.

Economy: Agribusiness, government/services,  small industries, tourism.

locator map for Bosque County

History: Tonkawa, Waco, and Tawakoni Indian tribes. Settlers from England and Norway arrived in the 1850s. County created and organized in 1854 from the Milam District and McLennan County; named for Bosque (woods) River.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 78.6; Black, 2.3; Hispanic, 17.6; Asian, 0.6; Other, 0.6; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 167; deaths, 224; marriages, 69; divorces, 48.

Recreation: Lake Whitney, state park, museum at Clifton, fine art conservatory; fishing, hunting; scenic routes, Norwegian smorgasbord at Norse in November.

Minerals: Limestone, gas & oil.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, forages, small grains, turkeys. Market value $78.3 million. Hunting leases.

MERIDIAN (1,462) county seat; food processing, government/services, tourism; retirement home, community college; national championship barbecue cookoff in October.

CLIFTON (3,537) retirement/health care, limestone sales, light manufacturing; hospital, nursing school; library; Norwegian historic district; Norwegian Country Christmas.

Other towns include: Cranfills Gap (272) Lutefisk dinner in December; Iredell (332); Kopperl (225); Laguna Park (1,209); Morgan (490); Valley Mills (1,193); Walnut Springs (866).

Bosque pronunciation

 

St. Olaf church in Bosque County
The countryside of Bosque County through a window of St. Olaf's Kierke. Photo by Mary G. Ramos.