Location of Riesel, Texas
|Coordinates: 31°28′20″N 96°55′55″W|
Riesel is a town in McLennan County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,007 at the 2010 census, a slight increase from the 973 people who lived in Riesel at the 2000 census. It is part of the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Riesel, Texas, named after W.H. Riesel, one of many German people to settle the area who built a gin there, has steadily been growing since being settled around 1880-90. With the exception of a small decrease in population from 1930 to 1950, Riesel's population has continued to grow to a point where the town currently has over 1,000 residents.
A new power plant has increased city funds and the population. In early May, 2010, voters approved a $25,000,000 bond for the Riesel Independent School District that would build a new high school, administration building, softball and baseball field amongst other things.
Before Riesel, the town was formerly known as Roddy and thenProspect.
Riesel is located at (31.472226, -96.932076).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), all of it land.
The City of Riesel is served by the Riesel Independent School District.