- Brenham, Texas
official_name = Brenham, Texas
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Brenham is a city in central Texas in Washington County,
Texas, United States, with a population of 13,507 according to the 2000 census. It is the county seatof Washington CountyGR|6. Brenham is south of College Station.
Brenham is the home of and headquarters for
Blue Bell Creameries, an ice cream brand that is especially popular in the state of Texas and the southeastern United States. Blue Bell is the third best-selling ice cream brand in the United States, despite being sold in only seventeen states.
Brenham is also the home of
Blinn College, the oldest county-owned junior collegein Texas. Blinn also has a campus in Bryan.
Brenham is known for a German heritage festival that takes place each May called
The community newspaper is the "Banner-Press".
Brenham is the home of
Gus Franklin Mutscher, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representativesfrom 1969- 1972, and thereafter the long-term county judge of Washington County. He was convicted in the Sharpstown scandle and was not reelected as a state representative.
Brenham is located at coor dms|30|9|43|N|96|23|49|W|city (30.161901, -96.397004)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 13,507 people, 4,907 households, and 3,115 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,541.5 people per square mile (595.3/km²). There were 5,317 housing units at an average density of 606.8/sq mi (234.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.99% White, 21.91% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.86% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.75% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.25% of the population.There were 4,907 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 15.9% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,198, and the median income for a family was $41,486. Males had a median income of $31,133 versus $22,152 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $15,351. About 12.8% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Brenham is served by the
Brenham Independent School Districtand Brenham Christian Academy.
Notable current and former residents of Brenham
Blind Willie Johnson- gospel blues singer
Don Baylor- Former major league baseball left fielder/ first baseman/ designated hitterfor seven MLB teams, former manager of the Colorado Rockiesand Chicago Cubs
Roosevelt Leaks- NFL player for the Baltimore Colts and the Buffalo Bills
*Michael Bishop - CFL
quarterbackfor the Toronto Argonauts, former NFL quarterback for the New England Patriots
Cecil Cooper- Major league baseball player for the Boston Red Soxand Milwaukee Brewers, current manager of the Houston Astros
Roderick Green- NFL linebackerfor the San Francisco 49ers
Frank Malina- Second director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Andra Manson- American high jumper
Tyrone Nelson- College basketballplayer for New Mexico State University
Lois Roisman- a national leader in the field of Jewish philanthropy
*Tom Shaw - Blues musician
Limas Sweed- wide receiverfor the Pittsburgh Steelers
Leon Toubin- Businessman, philanthropist, civic leader
Wilson Whitley- defensive tacklefor the Houston Cougarsand the Cincinnati Bengals
History of the Jews in Brenham, Texas
* [http://www.brenhamtexas.com Brenham, Texas area information]
* [http://www.ci.brenham.tx.us/ City of Brenham Web Site]
*Handbook of Texas|id=BB/heb11|name=Brenham, Texas
* [http://www.brenhamtexas.com/economic Economic Development Foundation of Brenham]
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