Granbury, Texas

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Granbury, Texas
—  City  —
Hood County Courthouse in Granbury
Location of Granbury, Texas
Coordinates: 32°26′31″N 97°46′53″W / 32.44194°N 97.78139°W / 32.44194; -97.78139Coordinates: 32°26′31″N 97°46′53″W / 32.44194°N 97.78139°W / 32.44194; -97.78139
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyHood
Area
 • Total6.1 sq mi (15.9 km2)
 • Land12.887 sq mi (33.375 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Elevation735 ft (224 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total7,978
 • Density619.1/sq mi (239.0/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes76048-76049
Area code(s)817
FIPS code48-30416[1]
GNIS feature ID1336797[2]
Websitewww.granbury.org
 
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Granbury, Texas
—  City  —
Hood County Courthouse in Granbury
Location of Granbury, Texas
Coordinates: 32°26′31″N 97°46′53″W / 32.44194°N 97.78139°W / 32.44194; -97.78139Coordinates: 32°26′31″N 97°46′53″W / 32.44194°N 97.78139°W / 32.44194; -97.78139
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyHood
Area
 • Total6.1 sq mi (15.9 km2)
 • Land12.887 sq mi (33.375 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Elevation735 ft (224 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total7,978
 • Density619.1/sq mi (239.0/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes76048-76049
Area code(s)817
FIPS code48-30416[1]
GNIS feature ID1336797[2]
Websitewww.granbury.org

Granbury is a city in Hood County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,978. It is the county seat of Hood County[3] and the principal city of the Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is thirty-five miles southwest of Fort Worth.

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History

Founded in 1825, Granbury started as a square and log cabin court house. It is generally considered to be a suburb of Fort Worth. Many of the buildings on the square are now registered historic landmarks, including the Granbury Opera House, which still hosts Broadway productions. The city name originated from the Confederate General Hiram B. Granberry. Some scholars, to explain why the city name is spelled differently, believe the name Granberry was misread on a document, but recent findings have concluded that Granberry chose to spell his name Granbury.[4] Recent expansion of the city was made possible by the damming of the Brazos River in 1969, which formed Lake Granbury, a long, narrow lake which flows through the city.

Granbury and Hood County are rich in Texas history. David (Davy) Crockett's wife, Elizabeth, settled in Hood County following the Texas Revolution against Mexico. Crockett, as well as other Alamo participants, received land grants. The Crockett family received land in what is now Hood County. Elizabeth Crockett is buried in Acton State Historic Site, the smallest state park in Texas. A large statue of Elizabeth Crockett marks her grave site. Several of Crockett's descendants still reside in Hood County.

John Wilkes Booth, according to Granbury legend, moved to Hood County and assumed the name of John St. Helen. There is a store on the historic town square that is still called St. Helen's.

English actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed the wookie Chewbacca in four of the six Star Wars movies, resides in Granbury.

English musician Andy Parker, founding drummer of the legendary English rock group UFO resides in Granbury when he's not touring the world.

Education

The Granbury Independent School District consists of 21 campuses. They include Granbury High School, STARS Academy,Transition Center (BTC), Granbury Middle School, Acton Middle School, Mambrino School, Brawner Intermediate, Oak Woods Intermediate, Crossland Ninth Grade Center, Acton Elementary, Nettie Baccus Elementary, and Emma Roberson Elementary. Granbury is a 4A District, since 2008. Also, there is Happy Hill Farm Academy Home. In 1999, boys soccer won the 4A state championship in Texas.

Geography

Granbury is located at 32°26′31″N 97°46′53″W / 32.44194°N 97.78139°W / 32.44194; -97.78139 (32.441978, -97.781383).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), of which, 12.887 square miles (33.38 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it (9.64%) is water.

Transportation

Granbury is served by Granbury Regional Airport (GDJ). It operates flights to Fort Worth Airport as well as recreational flights. The neighborhood of Pecan Plantation has a municipal airport (PCP). It operates only recreational flights.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 7,978 people, 3,559 households, and 1,927 families residing in the city. The population density was 619.1 people per square mile (239.0/km²). There were 4,419 housing units at an average density of 342.9 per square mile (132.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.75% White, 0.71% African American, 0.71% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.11% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.57% of the population.

There were 3,559 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,952, and the median income for a family was $45,451. Males had a median income of $34,625 versus $25,721 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,801. About 5.0% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

Local media

Granbury and Hood County are part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Television media market in North Central Texas. Local News media outlets are: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, KFWD-TV, and KDTX-TV. Granbury is also served by a local Public Education & Government Access Channel (PEG) Granbury TV. Hood County is served in print media by the bi-weekly newspaper Hood County News. Granbury is also served by Tarleton State University's National Public Radio affiliate KTRL 90.5 FM.

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