Eastland County, Texas

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Eastland County, Texas
Eastland County, TX, Courthouse Eastland, TX IMG 6422.JPG
Trees block the view of the Eastland County Courthouse in Eastland
Map of Texas highlighting Eastland County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1858
Seat Eastland
Largest city Eastland
Area
 • Total 932 sq mi (2,414 km2)
 • Land 926 sq mi (2,398 km2)
 • Water 6 sq mi (16 km2), 0.63%
Population
 • (2010) 18,583
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 11th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.eastland.tx.us
Confederate States of America monument on the courthouse lawn in Eastland, Texas
Across from the courthouse is the Eastland County Museum and Historical Society building.
Eastland Telegram newspaper serves Eastland County.

Eastland County is a county located in West Central Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 18,583.[1] The county seat is Eastland.[2] The county was founded in 1858 and is named for William Mosby Eastland, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and the only officer to die as a result of the so-called "Black Bean executions" of the ill-fated Mier Expedition.

Two Eastland County communities, Cisco and Ranger have junior colleges.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 932 square miles (2,410 km2), of which 926 square miles (2,400 km2) is land and 5 square miles (13 km2) (0.6%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 99
1870 88 −11.1%
1880 4,855 5,417.0%
1890 10,373 113.7%
1900 17,971 73.2%
1910 23,421 30.3%
1920 58,505 149.8%
1930 34,156 −41.6%
1940 30,345 −11.2%
1950 23,942 −21.1%
1960 19,526 −18.4%
1970 18,092 −7.3%
1980 19,480 7.7%
1990 18,488 −5.1%
2000 18,297 −1.0%
2010 18,583 1.6%
Est. 2012 18,421 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 18,297 people, 7,321 households, and 5,036 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 9,547 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.03% White, 2.18% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.83% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 10.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,321 households out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 22.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 20.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,832, and the median income for a family was $33,562. Males had a median income of $25,598 versus $17,112 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,870. About 12.10% of families and 16.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.10% of those under age 18 and 14.80% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

Eastland County is part of the Abilene/Sweetwater/Brownwood Television viewing area in West Central Texas. Local News media outlets include: KRBC-TV, KTXS-TV, KXVA, KTAB-TV, and KIDZ-LD. In the Cities of Eastland, Ranger, and Cisco on Suddenlink Communications Cable Television service residents can view the Dallas/Fort Worth market stations of: WFAA-TV and KERA-TV. Eastland County is also served by four local newspapers: the Eastland Telegram, the Rising Star, Ranger Times, and the Cisco Press.

Education[edit]

Despite its small population, the county is home to two community collegesCisco College and Ranger College, located in their respective towns.

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 32°20′N 98°50′W / 32.33°N 98.83°W / 32.33; -98.83