Hockley County, Texas

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Hockley County, Texas
Yellow House Ranch, Hockley County, Texas, 2011.jpg
Road to Yellow House Ranch of Hockley County
Map of Texas highlighting Hockley County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1876
Named for George Washington Hockley
Seat Levelland
Largest city Levelland
Area
 • Total 909 sq mi (2,354 km2)
 • Land 908 sq mi (2,352 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 0.02%
Population
 • (2010) 22,935
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 19th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.hockley.tx.us

Hockley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 22,935.[1] Its county seat is Levelland.[2] The county is named for George Washington Hockley, a Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas.

Hockley County is the only county encompassed by the Levelland Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA). The Levelland µSA and Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), form the larger Lubbock–Levelland Combined Statistical Area (CSA).

History[edit]

Hockley County was formed in 1876 from portions of Bexar and Young counties. It was named for George Washington Hockley,[3] the commander of artillery in the Battle of San Jacinto and later Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 908.6 square miles (2,353.3 km2), of which 908.4 square miles (2,352.7 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) (0.02%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 44
1910 137 211.4%
1920 137 0.0%
1930 9,298 6,686.9%
1940 12,693 36.5%
1950 20,407 60.8%
1960 22,340 9.5%
1970 20,396 −8.7%
1980 23,230 13.9%
1990 24,199 4.2%
2000 22,716 −6.1%
2010 22,935 1.0%
Est. 2012 23,072 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850-2010[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 22,716 people, 7,994 households, and 6,091 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 9,148 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.38% White, 3.72% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 18.68% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. 37.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,994 households out of which 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were non-families. 21.20% 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 2.77 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.10% under the age of 18, 11.80% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,085, and the median income for a family was $35,288. Males had a median income of $29,735 versus $20,671 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,022. About 14.80% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.10% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 17, 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. 158. 
  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 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010 Retrieved December 17, 2013
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 33°37′N 102°20′W / 33.61°N 102.34°W / 33.61; -102.34