Frio County, Texas

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Frio County, Texas
Frio County, TX, Courthouse IMG 0485.JPG
The Frio County Courthouse in Pearsall
Map of Texas highlighting Frio County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1871
Named for Frio River
Seat Pearsall
Largest city Pearsall
Area
 • Total 1,134 sq mi (2,937 km2)
 • Land 1,133 sq mi (2,934 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2 km2), 0.1%
Population
 • (2010) 17,217
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 23rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.frio.tx.us
Frio County, TX sign IMG 1896.JPG

Frio County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 17,217.[1] The county seat is Pearsall.[2] The county is named for the Frio River.

History[edit]

Frio County was founded in 1871. Frio is derived from the Spanish word for "cold".[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,134.3 square miles (2,937.8 km2), of which 1,133.5 square miles (2,935.8 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.1%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 42
1870 309 635.7%
1880 2,130 589.3%
1890 3,112 46.1%
1900 4,200 35.0%
1910 8,895 111.8%
1920 9,286 4.4%
1930 9,411 1.3%
1940 9,207 −2.2%
1950 10,357 12.5%
1960 10,112 −2.4%
1970 11,159 10.4%
1980 13,785 23.5%
1990 13,472 −2.3%
2000 16,252 20.6%
2010 17,217 5.9%
Est. 2012 17,702 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850-2010[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 16,252 people, 4,743 households, and 3,642 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 5,660 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.86% White, 4.87% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 19.76% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. 73.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,743 households out of which 40.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 16.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.20% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% 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 3.44.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 18.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 121.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 130.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,504, and the median income for a family was $26,578. Males had a median income of $23,810 versus $16,498 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,069. About 24.50% of families and 29.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.20% of those under age 18 and 30.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Frio County Cemetery is located just off Interstate 35 in Pearsall.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 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. 132. 
  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 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010 Retrieved December 16, 2013
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 28°52′N 99°07′W / 28.86°N 99.11°W / 28.86; -99.11