Deaf Smith County, Texas
|Deaf Smith County, Texas|
Deaf Smith County Courthouse in Hereford, Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|• Total||1,498 sq mi (3,880 km2)|
|• Land||1,497 sq mi (3,877 km2)|
|• Water||1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.06%|
|• Density||13/sq mi (5/km²)|
Deaf Smith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. Mainly made up of farm land, its county seat is Hereford, known as the "Beef Capital of the World". As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,372.
The Hereford Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Deaf Smith County.
In 1876 the state legislature identified and named the county, but it was not organized until 1890, with the town of LaPlata as the original county seat. The county was named for Erastus "Deaf" Smith (1787–1837), a partially deaf scout and soldier who served in the Texas Revolution. He was the first to reach the Alamo after its fall. The pronunciation of "Deaf", like that of Smith himself, is "Deef". However, most people in Deaf Smith County pronounce it "Deaf".
This county was also selected as an alternate site for a possible nuclear waste disposal repository but was later dropped. Jesse Frank Ford, founder of Arrowhead Mills, led the opposition to the Deaf Smith site on grounds of contamination of the Ogallala Aquifer, the source of much of the water supply for West Texas.
Erastus "Deaf" Smith as he appears at the Deaf Smith County Museum
According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,880 square kilometers (1,498 sq mi). 3,878 km2 (1,497 sq mi) of it is land and 2 km2 (1 sq mi) of it (0.06%) is water.
- Oldham County (north)
- Randall County (east)
- Castro County (southeast)
- Parmer County (south)
- Curry County, New Mexico (southwest)
- Quay County, New Mexico (west)
Texas Almanac: 1850-2010
As of the census of 2000, there were 18,561 people, 6,180 households, and 4,832 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 6,914 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 72.28% White, 1.51% Black or African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 22.92% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. 57.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,180 households out of which 41.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.80% were non-families. 19.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.41.
In the county, the population was spread out with 33.30% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,601, and the median income for a family was $32,391. Males had a median income of $26,090 versus $19,113 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,119. About 19.30% of families and 20.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.30% of those under age 18 and 15.70% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Clint Formby
- List of museums in the Texas Panhandle
- Margaret Clark Formby
- Marshall Formby
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Deaf Smith County, Texas
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- U.S. Decennial Census
- Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Spotlight on CRC Member: Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative. Cooperative Response Center.
- Deaf Smith County government website
- A History of Deaf Smith County, featuring Pioneer Families, published 1964 by Bessie Smith, hosted by the Portal to Texas History
- The Land and Its People, 1876-1981: Deaf Smith County Texas, published 1982 by the Deaf Smith County Historical society, hosted by the Portal to Texas History
- Historic photographs from the Deaf Smith County Library hosted by the Portal to Texas History
- Deaf Smith County in Handbook of Texas Online at the University of Texas
- Deaf Smith County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties
|Quay County, New Mexico||Randall County|
|Curry County, New Mexico||Parmer County||Castro County|