Leander, Texas

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Leander (pronounced /liˈændər/; lee-AN-dər) is a city in Williamson and Travis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 7,596 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimates the population is now 25,424. The city was established in 1882 on the railroad to Austin and was named in honor of Leander "Catfish" Brown, a railroad official.

It was near Leander that the Leanderthal Lady was discovered - a skeleton dating back to the 10,000 to 13,000 years ago, and the site was one of the earliest intact burials found in the United States.[3]



Leander is located at 30°33′40″N 97°51′37″W / 30.56111°N 97.86028°W / 30.56111; -97.86028Coordinates: 30°33′40″N 97°51′37″W / 30.56111°N 97.86028°W / 30.56111; -97.86028 (30.561108, -97.860301)[4], about 22 miles northwest of Austin.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.3 km²).None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,596 people, 2,522 households, and 2,042 families residing in the city. However, by 2003, that number had nearly doubled to 13,846. In 2000, The population density was 1,016.2 people per square mile (392.6/km²). There were 2,612 housing units at an average density of 349.4/sq mi (135.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.22% White, 2.91% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 6.94% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.94% of the population.

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