Gatesville is the county seat and the county seat ( county seat ) of Coryell County in the U.S. state of Texas in the United States.
The city lies on the merger of U.S. Highway 84 and Highway 36, about 125 kilometers north of Austin, near the center of the county, west of the geographical center of Texas and has a total area of 22.5 km ² without significant water surface.
The place was built in 1854, shortly after the formation of the county, founded and named after himself nearby Fort Gates.
According to the census of 2000, there were 15,591 people in 2,640 households and 1,752 families. The population density was 692.7 inhabitants per km ². The racial the population was composed of 63.20 % White, 27.00% Black or African American, 0.34 % Native American, 0.35 % Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander residents from the and 8.49% from other ethnic groups. Approximately 0.56% were of mixed descent, and 14.73 % of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 2,640 households, 32.5 % had children under the age of 18 living with them. 49.2 % were married couples living together. 13.3% were single mothers and 33.6 % were non-families. 29.9 % of all households were single-person households, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size amounted to 3.04.
11.7% of the population were under 18 years old, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 53.9 % 25-44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.7 % who were 65 years or older. The average age was 35 years. For every 100 females of all ages were 63.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, 59.6 males.
The median income for a household was $ 29,534, and the median income for a family $ 36,543. Males have a median income of $ 30,625 versus $ 17,073 for females. The per capita income was $ 11,152. 14.3 % of the population and 12.4 % of families are below the poverty line. Of which 17.7 % have children under the age of 18 and 14.9 % of those 65 or older.