County Profiles

Bosque County: The Beautiful Gateway to Texas Hill Country

Bosque County is a beautiful location within the region, with the scenic Bosque River winding throughout a landscape of rolling hills. The natural beauty has resulted in the county being known as an artistic destination, with several communities, working facilities and museums highlighting the area’s renown. Additionally, the county has a growing retirement community, with the city of Clifton having been listed in 2009 as one of only 40 Certified Retirement Communities in Texas. The growing interest, coupled with rising property values and low tax rates, mark Bosque County with huge potential for economic development, specifically in the health care sector.

Like regions across the country, unemployment in Bosque County has increased somewhat in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Workforce Commission reported that Bosque County had a total Civilian Labor Force of 8,247 in November 2020, with an unemployment rate of 6.0%, lower than the Texas total of 8% unemployed. In comparison, Bosque County unemployment was 3.4% in November 2019.

Clifton has a vibrant art scene, highlighted by the Bosque Arts Center, a three-story historic landmark built in 1923 on a hilltop overlooking the town and the scenic Bosque River valley. The Center has been the hub for all artistic endeavors in the county since the 1960’s, from housing nationally-recognized collections to currently working artists and sculptors residing in the area. For more information on economic development in Clifton, visit the Clifton Economic Development Corporation.

Meridian features the natural beauty and artistic offerings found along the Bosque River Valley, billing itself as “Top of the Hill Country.” As the county seat, its historical courthouse, built in 1886 and restored in 2007, is listed as a Texas Historic Landmark. Renowned artists George Hallmark, Lelahd Hensley, Teddi Marks, Dawn Sharp call Meridian home, which also hosts the National Championship Barbeque Cookoff. Learn more at the Meridian Chamber of Commerce or the Meridian Economic Development Corporation.

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Bosque County

Population

Total Population

20,136

Population
Growth Rate

0.90%

Median Age

48

Diversity Index

47.500

Housing & Income

Households

8,059

Total Housing Units

10,376


Owner Occupied

6,342

Renter Occupied

1,717

Vacant

2,317

Median Home Value

$157,727


Average Home Value

$257,683

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.94%


Per Capita Income

1.83%

Income Projection

Median Household

$54,551 $58,010


Average Household

$72,591 $79,374


Per Capita

$29,089 $31,849

Workforce

Total Businesses

663

Total Employed

4,985

Workers 16+

7,586

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

24

Employed

1,005

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

39

Employed

985

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

117

Employed

584

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

61

Employed

441

2021 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

76

Employed

336

2021 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

50

Employed

275

Some
High School

1,128

Graduated
High School

4,234

Associates
Degree

1,372

Bachelor's
Degree

2,162

Graduate
Degree

930

Average Commute Time

29 min.



Resident Commuters

3,622

Non-Resident Commuters

3,889

Drive Alone

6,189

Carpooled

643

Public

2

Work At Home

344