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Stephenville is a city in and the county seat of Erath County, Texas, United States. As of the 2018 U.S. Census estimate, the city population was 21,164 and is the principal city in the Stephenville Micropolitan Statistical Area 42,446. Founded in 1854, it is home to Tarleton State University. Stephenville is among several communities that call themselves the "Cowboy Capital of the World".
As of the census of 2010, 17,123 people, 6,276 households, and 3,351 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,440.4 people per square mile (556.1/km²). The 7,579 housing units averaged 637.4 per square mile (246.1/km²).
Of the 6,276 households, 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.2% were not families. About 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city, the population was distributed as 27.8% under the age of 19, 21.4% from 20 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25.3 years. There were 8,130 males and 8,933 females.