Cass County, Texas

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Cass County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Cass County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1846
Named for Lewis Cass
Seat Linden
Largest city Atlanta
Area
 • Total 960 sq mi (2,486 km2)
 • Land 937 sq mi (2,427 km2)
 • Water 23 sq mi (60 km2), 2.39%
Population
 • (2010) 30,464
 • Density 34/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.cass.tx.us

Cass County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 30,464.[1] The county seat is Linden.[2] The county was named for Lewis Cass, a senator from Michigan who favored the annexation of Texas.

History[edit]

Cass County was formed in 1846 from sections of Bowie County.[3] It was named for Lewis Cass,[4] a U.S. Senator from Michigan who had favored the annexation of Texas to the United States. From 1861 to 1871, this county was known as Davis County, after Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America. (It should not be confused with the still extant Jeff Davis County in west Texas.)

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 960 square miles (2,500 km2), of which 937 square miles (2,430 km2) is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (2.4%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 4,991
1860 8,411 68.5%
1870 8,875 5.5%
1880 16,724 88.4%
1890 22,554 34.9%
1900 22,841 1.3%
1910 27,587 20.8%
1920 30,041 8.9%
1930 30,030 0.0%
1940 33,496 11.5%
1950 26,732 −20.2%
1960 23,496 −12.1%
1970 24,133 2.7%
1980 29,430 21.9%
1990 29,982 1.9%
2000 30,438 1.5%
2010 30,464 0.1%
Est. 2012 30,166 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 30,464 people, 12,190 households, and 8,654 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 13,890 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.20% White, 19.47% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. 1.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,190 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,441, and the median income for a family was $35,623. Males had a median income of $30,906 versus $19,726 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,777. About 14.70% of families and 17.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.20% of those under age 18 and 17.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The following school districts serve Cass County:

Recreational facilities[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major Highways[edit]

The TTC-69 component (recommended preferred) of the planned Trans-Texas Corridor goes through Cass County.[8]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - CASS COUNTY
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 71. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ TxDoT, TTC Section F, Detailed Map 1, 2007-12-28

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°04′N 94°21′W / 33.07°N 94.35°W / 33.07; -94.35