Riesel is a town in McLennan County, Texas, United States. The population was 973 at the 2000 census, and 1,023 according to a July 2009 estimate. It is part of the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Riesel, Texas, named after W.H. Riesel, one of many German people to settle the area who built a gin there, has steadily been growing since being settled around 1880-90. With the exception of a small decrease in population from 1930 to 1950, Riesel's population has continued to grow to a point where the town currently has over 1,000 residents. A new power plant has increased city funds and the population. In early May, 2010, voters approved a $25,000,000 bond for the Riesel Independent School District that would build a new high school, administration building, softball and baseball field amongst other things.
Riesel is located at 31°28′20″N 96°55′55″W / 31.47222°N 96.93194°W / 31.47222; -96.93194 (31.472226, -96.932076).