Ellis County, Texas

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Ellis County, Texas
Waxahachie Front.jpg
The Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie.
Map of Texas highlighting Ellis County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1849
Seat Waxahachie
Largest city Waxahachie
Area
 • Total 952 sq mi (2,466 km2)
 • Land 936 sq mi (2,424 km2)
 • Water 16 sq mi (41 km2), 1.7%
Population
 • (2010) 149,610
 • Density 159/sq mi (61/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.ellis.tx.us
Across from the courthouse is the Ellis County Museum.
Ellis County Courts building

Ellis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 149,610.[1] The county seat is Waxahachie.[2] The county was founded in 1849 and is named for Richard Ellis,[3] president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Ellis County is included in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 952 square miles (2,470 km2), of which 936 square miles (2,420 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (1.7%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 989
1860 5,246 430.4%
1870 7,514 43.2%
1880 21,294 183.4%
1890 31,774 49.2%
1900 50,059 57.5%
1910 53,629 7.1%
1920 55,700 3.9%
1930 53,936 −3.2%
1940 47,733 −11.5%
1950 45,645 −4.4%
1960 43,395 −4.9%
1970 46,638 7.5%
1980 59,743 28.1%
1990 85,167 42.6%
2000 111,360 30.8%
2010 149,610 34.3%
Est. 2012 152,753 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 111,360 people, 37,020 households, and 29,653 families residing in the county. The population density was 118 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 39,071 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.63% White, 8.64% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 7.90% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. 18.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 37,020 households out of which 42.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.80% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.90% were non-families. 16.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% 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 3.31.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.20% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,350, and the median income for a family was $55,358. Males had a median income of $37,613 versus $26,612 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,212. About 6.80% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 70.7% 38,078 28.5% 15,333 0.8% 442
2004 74.5% 34,602 25.1% 11,640 0.4% 202
2000 69.9% 26,091 28.5% 10,629 1.6% 587
1996 53.9% 16,046 36.4% 10,832 9.7% 2,888
1992 40.5% 13,564 28.5% 9,537 31.1% 10,394
1988 59.2% 16,422 40.3% 11,169 0.6% 158
1984 67.6% 16,873 32.1% 8,029 0.3% 72
1980 51.3% 10,046 47.1% 9,219 1.6% 315
1976 41.0% 6,996 58.6% 9,991 0.4% 68
1972 69.5% 8,779 30.4% 3,839 0.1% 8
1968 31.4% 3,794 45.0% 5,431 23.5% 2,842
1964 27.6% 2,779 72.3% 7,278 0.0% 5
1960 38.4% 3,666 61.2% 5,841 0.4% 36

Ellis is a staunchly Republican county in presidential elections. The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976. Only three times since 1980 has the Republican candidate failed to gain more than two-thirds of the vote in Ellis County. In 2008, Republican John McCain won more than 70% of the vote in the county.

Media[edit]

Ellis County is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Television media market in North Central Texas. Local News media outlets are: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, KFWD-TV, and KDTX-TV.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Bardwell Dam and Lake in Ellis County near the town of Ennis

Unincorporated areas[edit]

Notable people[edit]

  • Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde
  • J. D. Grey, clergyman, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis, 1931-1934; later president of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Ernest Tubb, country singer and songwriter
  • Donnie Fleeman professional light-heavyweight boxer, only Ellis County native to fight 3 world champion heavyweights; Sonny Liston, Ezzard Charles, and Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay). 47 national/international fights in his professional career. 37 wins, 22 KOs. Won State Heavyweight Title (Golden Gloves) in 1953 - contender for National Heavyweight Title, but lost to Sonny Liston. Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) was Fleeman's last professional fight, and took place in Miami, FL in 1961. This was Clay's 5th professional fight. [1]

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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 117. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°21′N 96°47′W / 32.35°N 96.79°W / 32.35; -96.79