Collingsworth County, Texas

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Collingsworth County, Texas
Collingsworth County, TX, Court House, IMG 6175.JPG
Collingsworth County Courthouse in Wellington
Map of Texas highlighting Collingsworth County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1891
Seat Wellington
Largest city Wellington
Area
 • Total 919 sq mi (2,380 km2)
 • Land 918 sq mi (2,378 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2 km2), 0.1%
Population
 • (2010) 3,057
 • Density 3/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.collingsworth.tx.us

Collingsworth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,057.[1] Its seat is Wellington[2].

Collingsworth County is named for James Collinsworth,[3] a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and first chief justice of the Republic of Texas (a recording error in the bill accounts for the error in spelling, which was never corrected). Collingsworth County is one of 30[4] prohibition, or entirely dry, counties in the state of Texas. It is north of Childress County, which is named for George Campbell Childress, another founder of the Republic of Texas.

Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster in Cooke County, has since January 2013 represented Collingsworth County in the Texas House of Representatives.[5]

History[edit]

The county was created in 1876 from the Bexar and Young land district of Texas. Collingsworth County was organized in 1890 with Wellington as the county seat. From 1883 until 1896 the county was home to the English owned Rocking Chair Ranche.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 919 square miles (2,380 km2), of which 918 square miles (2,380 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.1%) is water.[6]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 6
1890 357 5,850.0%
1900 1,233 245.4%
1910 5,224 323.7%
1920 9,154 75.2%
1930 14,461 58.0%
1940 10,331 −28.6%
1950 9,139 −11.5%
1960 6,276 −31.3%
1970 4,755 −24.2%
1980 4,648 −2.3%
1990 3,573 −23.1%
2000 3,206 −10.3%
2010 3,057 −4.6%
Est. 2012 3,036 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 3,206 people, 1,294 households, and 916 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,723 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.82% White, 5.33% Black or African American, 1.62% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 10.89% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. 20.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,294 households out of which 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.40% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 22.60% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 22.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,438, and the median income for a family was $33,323. Males had a median income of $24,808 versus $17,679 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,318. About 14.80% of families and 18.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.20% of those under age 18 and 16.40% of those age 65 or over.

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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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 87. 
  4. ^ http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/local_option_elections/index.asp
  5. ^ "State Rep. Springer announces district tour July 30". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 34°58′N 100°16′W / 34.97°N 100.27°W / 34.97; -100.27