Smithville, Texas
Smithville is a city in Bastrop County
Bastrop County, Texas
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, Texas
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, United States
United States
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, near the Colorado River
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. The population was 3,901 at the 2000 census. The population grew to an estimated 4,339 for 2004.


Smithville was established in 1827, when Thomas Gazely settled in the area and operated a store. A community sprang up around the store, and it was named Smithville, in honor of another early resident, William Smith. Gazely's store closed upon his death in 1853. J.P. Jones and Frank Smith opened another store in the community in 1867. A Presbyterian Church was organized in 1871. A post office was opened in 1876. In 1887, the railroad came to Smithville causing the town's population to boom, and the town was incorporated in March 1895. By 1900, Smithville had a population of 2,577.


Smithville is located at 30.007096°N 97.154924°W. This location is 12 miles southeast of Bastrop
Bastrop, Texas
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there are 5340 people in Bastrop, organized into 2034 households and 1336 families. The population density is 734.8 people per square mile . There are 2,239 housing units at an average density of 308.1 per square mile...

 and 42 miles southeast of Austin
Austin, Texas
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (9.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 3,901 people, 1,491 households, and 990 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,112.7 people per square mile (429.1/km2). There were 1,672 housing units at an average density of 476.9 per square mile (183.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.01% White, 14.53% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 5.10% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.43% of the population.

There were 1,491 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples
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 living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,586, and the median income for a family was $45,163. Males had a median income of $33,500 versus $23,409 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $16,282. About 12.1% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.2% of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people from Smithville

  • Hannibal
    Hannibal (musician)
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    , jazz trumpeter and composer
  • The late DJ Screw
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    , Pioneer of Screw music, the style of dirty south hip hop known for its pitched-down lyrics and chopped-up beats. Born in Smithville and later moved to Houston
    Houston, Texas
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    , Texas. Died November 16, 2000.
  • Thomas Carter
    Thomas Carter (film director)
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    , actor and Emmy-award-winning director


  • Hope Floats
    Hope Floats
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     starring Sandra Bullock
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     and Harry Connick, Jr.
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     was set and filmed in Smithville, and was released at theaters across the nation on May 29, 1998.
  • The Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt
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    , Sean Penn
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    , and Jessica Chastain
    Jessica Chastain
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     was filmed in Smithville, and was released in May 2011. The film, which was directed by Terrence Malick
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    , won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
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     in 2011.
  • The film Natural Selection
    Natural Selection (film)
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    , released in 2011 and starring Rachael Harris
    Rachael Harris
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     was filmed in Smithville.
  • Doonby
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    , a film starring John Schneider
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    , was set and filmed in Smithville in 2010 and released in 2011.
  • The Richard Linklater
    Richard Linklater
    -Early life:Linklater was born in Houston, Texas. He studied at Sam Houston State University and left midway through his stint in college to work on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. While working on the rig he read a lot of literature, but on land he developed a love of film through...

    -directed film Bernie
    Bernie (2011 film)
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     was filmed in Smithville. Released in 2011, the movie stars Jack Black
    Jack Black
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    , Shirley MacLaine
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    , and Matthew McConaughey
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  • Smithville has also been the location for several commercials, notably Valero Energy Corporation and Dairy Queen
    Dairy Queen
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Guinness Book of World Records

On December 2, 2006, at the area's annual Festival of Lights, Smithville broke the Guinness Book of world records' record for the world's largest gingerbread man. The record breaking "man" measures over 26 feet and weighs 1,308 lb, 8 oz. The pan used in the baking now stands as a monument at the James H. Long Railroad Park in Smithville. The record has since been broken by a Norwegian IKEA
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External links

  • City of Smithville website
  • Smithville, Texas on Facebook
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