Gaines County, Texas

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Gaines County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Gaines County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1876
Seat Seminole
Largest city Seminole
Area
 • Total 1,503 sq mi (3,893 km2)
 • Land 1,502 sq mi (3,890 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1 km2), 0.03%
Population
 • (2010) 17,526
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 19th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.gaines.tx.us

Gaines County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 17,526.[1] The county seat is Seminole.[2] The county is named for James Gaines,[3] a merchant who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,502.9 square miles (3,892.5 km2), of which 1,502.4 square miles (3,891.2 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (0.03%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 8
1890 68 750.0%
1900 55 −19.1%
1910 1,255 2,181.8%
1920 1,018 −18.9%
1930 2,800 175.0%
1940 8,136 190.6%
1950 8,909 9.5%
1960 12,267 37.7%
1970 11,593 −5.5%
1980 13,150 13.4%
1990 14,123 7.4%
2000 14,467 2.4%
2010 17,526 21.1%
Est. 2012 18,413 5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850-2010[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 14,467 people, 4,681 households, and 3,754 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 5,410 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.28% White, 2.28% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 14.17% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. 35.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,681 households out of which 45.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.70% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.80% were non-families. 18.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.53.

In the county, the population was spread out with 35.00% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 18.40% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,432, and the median income for a family was $34,046. Males had a median income of $29,580 versus $16,996 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,088. About 17.30% of families and 21.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.20% of those under age 18 and 15.70% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

The county is served by a twice-a-week newspaper publication, the Seminole Sentinel, as well as local radio stations KIKZ (AM) and KSEM-FM.

Communities[edit]

Notable people[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. 133. 
  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: 32°44′N 102°38′W / 32.74°N 102.64°W / 32.74; -102.64