Castro County, Texas
|Castro County, Texas|
Castro County Courthouse in Dimmitt, Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Henri Castro|
|• Total||899 sq mi (2,328 km2)|
|• Land||894 sq mi (2,315 km2)|
|• Water||5 sq mi (13 km2), 0.5%|
|• Density||10/sq mi (4/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Castro County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 8,062. The county seat is Dimmitt. The county was named for Henri Castro, who was consul general to France for the Republic of Texas and the founder of a colony in Texas.
The county was organized in 1891, and a courthouse was built about the town square. Temporary county office space, meanwhile, was obtained from businessman J.N. Morrison. The ornate two-story courthouse was completed but was destroyed by lightning in 1906.
- Deaf Smith County (north)
- Randall County (northeast)
- Swisher County (east)
- Hale County (southeast)
- Lamb County (south)
- Parmer County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,285 people, 2,761 households, and 2,159 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,198 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.35% White, 2.27% Black or African American, 1.17% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 19.12% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. 51.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,761 households out of which 40.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.10% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.80% were non-families. 20.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.45.
In the county, the population was spread out with 33.10% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,619, and the median income for a family was $35,422. Males had a median income of $25,379 versus $20,433 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,457. About 15.70% of families and 19.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.30% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 72.
- Texas Historical Commission, historical marker, Dimmitt, Texas
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Castro County government's website
- Castro County in Handbook of Texas Online at the University of Texas
- Interactive Texas Map
- Texas Map Collection
- Castro County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties
||Deaf Smith County||Randall County|
|Parmer County||Swisher County|
|Lamb County||Hale County|