Bandera County, Texas


Bandera County – History, Demography, Government and Others

Bandera County, Texas

History of Bandera County

In the spring of 1853, A. M. Milstead, Thos. Odem as well as P. D. Saner together with their families moved to Bandera county. They camped along the Medina river and began the making of cypress roofing. They slept in tents some time, or until rough cabins were built. P. D. Saner and his family were from Tennessee. Around this time, Mr. Rees and her sons, Sidney, Adolphus and Alonzo as well as the daughter who later got married to Judge Starkey, arrived in this county and found houses. The Witt family arrived around at around the at the same as the Witt family. Messrs. Milstead, Odem and Saner bought their share of the Hendrick Arnold Survey, consisting of a quarter-mile of land that ran through Bandera Creek to the Medina River. Saner, the surveyor. Saner built a house near the river, just over the site of Bandera’s current school building, and stayed in the house with his children.


As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,485 people living in the county. 92.8% were White, 0.8% Native American, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 3.8% of some other race and 1.8% of two or more races. 16.7% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 17.6% were of German, 13.7% English, 10.2% Irish and 10.1% American ancestry.

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,645 people, 7,010 households, and 5,061 families living in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 9,503 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.02% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.55% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. 13.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,010 households, out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.70% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 27.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,013, and the median income for a family was $45,906. Males had a median income of $31,733 versus $24,451 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,635. About 7.70% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.


Bandera County Government

Bandera County, Texas – Cities

  1. Bandera (county seat)

Bandera County, Texas – Unincorporated communities

  • Bandera Falls
  • Medina
  • Pipe Creek
  • Tarpley
  • Vanderpool

Adjacent Counties

Photos of Significant Location and Monuments

School Districts

  • Bandera Independent School District
  • Medina Independent School District
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William Richmond
William Richmond
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