Bardwell is a city in Ellis County, in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 649 at the 2010 census.
Bardwell is located at 32°16′3″N 96°41′42″W / 32.26750°N 96.69500°W / 32.26750; -96.69500 (32.267602, -96.695028), at the junction of State Highway 34 and Farm to Market Road 984 in southern Ellis County, 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Waxahachie. Highway 34 leads northeast 7 miles (11 km) to Ennis and southwest 13 miles (21 km) to Italy. Lake Bardwell is 2 miles (3 km) to the east.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 583 people, 167 households, and 139 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,093.7 people per square mile (803.9/km²). There were 176 housing units at an average density of 632.1 per square mile (242.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.58% White, 17.50% African American, 1.37% Native American, 18.52% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.51% of the population.
There were 167 households out of which 47.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.2% were non-families. 13.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.49 and the average family size was 3.86.
In the city, the population was spread out with 37.7% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,666. About 26.5% of families and 24.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under age 18 and 35.4% of those age 65 or over.