Dilley is a city in Frio County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,674 at the 2000 census. It is located off Interstate 35 south of the county seat in Pearsall.
Welcoming sign in Dilley, Texas
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Location of Dilley, Texas
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,674 people, 955 households, and 727 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,574.3 people per square mile (608.8/km²). There were 1,158 housing units at an average density of 496.2 per square mile (191.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.93% White, 10.40% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 18.81% from other races, and 2.53% from two or more races.Hispanic or Latino of any race were 72.24% of the population.
There were 955 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.47.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 13.0% from 18 to 24, 35.5% from 25 to 44, 14.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 145.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 166.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $19,540, and the median income for a family was $22,021. Males had a median income of $26,825 versus $13,229 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,475. About 32.6% of families and 35.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.5% of those under age 18 and 31.3% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Dilley is served by the Dilley Independent School District. The Dilley Independent School District has three schools: Dilley Elementary, Mary Harper Middle School, and Dilley High School.
The Dilley Chamber of Commerce building
Dilley Feed and Grain operates a grain elevator and silos, and is rumored to be haunted.
Dilley State Bank is located just off Interstate 35.
A small but modern hospital operates in Dilley.
A pavilion in the downtown park in Dilley
First Baptist Church in Dilley
First United MethodistChurch in Dilley with the "Catch the Spirit" emblem
Tex Best, a large convenience store, operates off Interstate 35 in Dilley.
Dilley from Interstate 35
Not unlike Hope,Arkansas, Dilley has been famous for its summer watermelons.