Early is a city located in Brown County in west-central Texas, in the United States. The population was 2,762 at the 2010 census. It is named for Walter U. Early, who donated land for the schools. It is home to the Early Independent School District and the Heartland Mall.
Early is located near the center of Brown County at 31°44′41″N 98°56′28″W (31.744601, -98.941171). The Pecan Bayou, a tributary of the Colorado River, runs past the western end of the city, with the city of Brownwood on the opposite side of the river. According to the United States Census Bureau, Early has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km2).
As of the census of 2000, 2,588 people, 980 households, and 752 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,008.2 people per square mile (388.8/km2). There were 1,080 housing units at an average density of 420.7/sq mi (162.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.17% White, 1.00% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.25% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races.