Bogata, Texas
Bogata is a city in Red River County, Texas
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, United States
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. The population was 1,396 at the 2000 census.


Bogata is located at 33°28′13"N 95°12′51"W (33.470245, -95.214283).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 1,396 people, 598 households, and 361 families residing in the city. The population density
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 was 989.9 people per square mile (382.3/km²). There were 659 housing units at an average density of 467.3 per square mile (180.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.91% White, 3.01% African American, 0.72% Native American, 1.36% from other races
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, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.30% of the population.

There were 598 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples
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 living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,969, and the median income for a family was $28,828. Males had a median income of $21,786 versus $19,423 for females. The per capita income
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 for the city was $14,126. About 16.9% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.0% of those under age 18 and 23.4% of those age 65 or over.


There are several churches in Bogata, Texas. The largest church in Bogata's city limits is the First Baptist Church, located at 801 N. Main St. The church website is Founded in the early 1870's, the church has a long history of serving the people of Bogata in many ways. Tragedy struck the church in November 1986 when the church was destroyed by fire. Minutes after the morning worship service was dismissed, fire consumed the entire facility. Through the Lord's strength, the church members stood firm and carried on, and the current church building was constructed and completed one year later in November of 1987. The church was determined to turn a tragedy into a victory, and that is why they began building their new church almost immediately after the fire. The new (and current) church facility was constructed at a new location at 801 North Main Street in Bogata. The current pastor is Dr. Bobby L. Tollison, who came as Sr. Pastor in April 2009. Dr. Tollison received his B.S. Degree at Texas Tech University, his Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from New Orleans Baptist Seminary. His stated goal as pastor of First Baptist Church in Bogata is to develop a balanced church in the five biblical areas of worship, ministry, evangelism, discipleship, and fellowship.
Along with providing spiritual guidance, the church sponsors ministries for all age groups, summer activites for youth and children, provides benevolent help for people in need, and facilitates counseling for couples, families, individuals, and couples preparing to get married. The church also sponsors several large events each year that brings the town and area together to enhance and build a better sense of community. One such event is the church's annual "Bogata Fest" held in the city park (Thompson Park) each year on Easter weekend. Over 850 attended in 2011, and the event is free to those who attend. It includes an Easter egg hunt for the kids, games and activites for all age groups, booths featuring face painting and crafts, bounce houses, live music featuring local talent, and lots of free food cooked on the premises. First Baptist Church is affiliated with the Red River Valley Baptist Association, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and the national Southern Baptist Convention. First Baptist Church is open to anyone who desires to come into worship or be ministered to by the staff and / or members. Their beliefs and faith are based solely on the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
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