Belton is a city in and the county seatof Bell County, Texas, United States.The population was 18,216 at the 2010 census.
Belton is part of the Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood metropolitan area.
Downtown Belton near Bell CountyCourthouse
Location of Belton, Texas
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,623 people, 4,742 households, and 3,319 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,171.3 people per square mile (452.4/km²). There were 5,089 housing units at an average density of 407.6 per square mile (157.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.67% White, 8.10% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.95%Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 14.83% from other races, and 2.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.13% of the population.
There were 4,742 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 18.4% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,052, and the median income for a family was $38,635. Males had a median income of $31,304 versus $20,678 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,345. About 12.7% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Bell County Expo Center is located in Belton and is the venue for many concerts, sporting events, and various ceremonies..
For recreation, Belton has two major lakes: Belton Lake on the Leon River, andStillhouse Hollow Lake on the Lampasas River. There is also a water park, Summer Fun Water Park.
Belton is home to a number of historic churches including First United Methodist Church, founded in 1850, and First Baptist Church, founded in 1853.
Belton is home of the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, housed in the Bell County Expo Center.