Rockdale, Texas

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Rockdale is a city in Milam County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,440 at the 2000 census.

Rockdale is the site of a large Alcoa smelting operation, which can produce 1.67 million pounds of aluminum per day.[3] The ALCOA plant was closed in late 2008 - early 2009.

Author George Sessions Perry was born in Rockdale on May 5, 1910, and lived much of his life there.

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Geography

Rockdale is located at 30°39′17″N 97°0′27″W / 30.65472°N 97.0075°W / 30.65472; -97.0075 (30.654674, -97.007439)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,439 people, 2,077 households, and 1,420 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,735.8 people per square mile (670.9/km²). There were 2,379 housing units at an average density of 759.2/sq mi (293.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.69% White, 14.29% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 12.23% from other races, and 2.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.93% of the population.

There were 2,077 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,612, and the median income for a family was $39,491. Males had a median income of $30,758 versus $20,692 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,618. About 13.2% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

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