Rosebud, Texas

According to, Rosebud, Texas is situated in the heart of Central Texas and is a small rural town with a population of just over 3,200. Geographically, Rosebud is located approximately 90 miles south of Dallas and 130 miles north of Austin. The area is largely made up of rolling hills and farmland with the Leon River running through it. The climate in Rosebud is generally hot and humid during the summer months, with temperatures often hitting triple digits. Winters tend to be milder with occasional cold snaps.

Rosebud was founded in 1867 by James L. Rose, after whom the town was named. It was incorporated as a city in 1891 and has operated under that status ever since. Politically, Rosebud is a staunchly conservative area that leans heavily Republican in most elections. The local economy is centered around agricultural production such as cattle ranching, cotton farming, oil production, and more recently wind energy production.

The Rosebud-Lott Independent School District serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the area. The district operates two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and an alternative education center for students who need extra help or are not able to attend traditional school due to medical or social issues.

Rosebud boasts several landmarks including the historic First Presbyterian Church that dates back to 1888 and has served as a symbol of faith in the community for over a century; the Mockingbird Theater which hosts live performances year round; and several historic homes such as the 1868 home of James L. Rose himself which has been lovingly restored by volunteers from across Central Texas over the years.

Rosebud, Texas

Population: 1,493. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,394 (-6.6% change)
Males: 711 (47.6%), Females: 782 (52.4%)

Falls County

Zip code: 76570

Median resident age: 39.7 years
Median household income: $24,063
Median house value: $35,800

Races in Rosebud:

  • White Non-Hispanic (51.3%)
  • Hispanic (29.7%)
  • Other race (19.2%)
  • Black (18.3%)
  • Two or more races (2.9%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (11.5%), United States (8.4%), Irish (6.2%), English (5.0%), Czech (1.7%), French (1.3%).

Elevation: 405 feet

Land area: 0.8 square miles


Rosebud, Texas is located in the heart of Robertson County and is home to a population of approximately 2,000 people. The town has a rural feel with a strong sense of community. The majority of the population is white and primarily Christian. The median age of residents is 38 with a gender ratio of 57% male to 43% female. There are many families living in Rosebud and the median household income is $43,600. The town has several churches, a post office, library, gas station, and grocery store. Education is highly valued in Rosebud with three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The crime rate is low and the town is considered to be safe for its residents. The town also offers several parks for recreational activities as well as a community pool. There are many opportunities to get involved in the local community through various activities such as volunteer work, attending festivals, and joining sports teams. Rosebud is a tight-knit community that values its residents and strives to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

For population 25 years and over in Rosebud

  • High school or higher: 64.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 10.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.0%
  • Unemployed: 7.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 26.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rosebud city

  • Never married: 19.8%
  • Now married: 51.9%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 14.9%
  • Divorced: 12.0%

4.4% Foreign born (4.0% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: -145 (-8.9%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Rosebud:

  • CENTRAL TEXAS HOSP (about 16 miles; CAMERON, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Rosebud:

  • WACO REGIONAL (about 40 miles; WACO, TX; Abbreviation: ACT)
  • KILLEEN MUNI (about 49 miles; KILLEEN, TX; Abbreviation: ILE)

Other public-use airports nearest to Rosebud:

  • CAMERON MUNI AIRPARK (about 15 miles; CAMERON, TX; Abbreviation: T35)
  • MARLIN (about 20 miles; MARLIN, TX; Abbreviation: T15)
  • HEARNE MUNI (about 29 miles; HEARNE, TX; Abbreviation: T72)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rosebud:

  • TEMPLE COLLEGE (about 27 miles; TEMPLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,054)
  • BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (about 34 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 13,183)
  • UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR (about 36 miles; BELTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,257)
  • TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE-WACO (about 38 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,218)
  • MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 38 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,658)
  • TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 53 miles; COLLEGE STATION, TX; Full-time enrollment: 41,117)
  • CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE (about 57 miles; KILLEEN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,777)


Public high schools in Rosebud:

  • ROSEBUD-LOTT H S (Students: 330; Location: HWY 77 N; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • ROSEBUD LOTT LEARNING CENTER (Students: 6; Location: PO BOX 638; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Rosebud:

  • ROSEBUD PRIMARY (Students: 187; Location: HWY 77 N; Grades: PK – 03)
  • LOTT ELEMENTARY (Students: 149; Location: HWY 77 N; Grades: KG – 06)
  • ROSEBUD-LOTT J H (Students: 138; Location: HWY 77 N; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • ROSEBUD INTERMEDIATE (Students: 114; Location: HWY 77 N; Grades: 04 – 06)
  • ROSEBUD LOTT DAEP (Location: P O BOX 638; Grades: 06 – 12)


Library in Rosebud:

  • D. BROWN MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $23,600; Location: 203 N 2ND ST; 8,183 books; 87 audio materials; 98 video materials)


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