Howard County, Texas

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Howard County, Texas
Howard County, TX, Courthouse, Big Spring, TX IMG 1443.JPG
Howard County Court House in downtown Big Spring
Map of Texas highlighting Howard County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded August 21, 1876
Named for Volney E. Howard
Seat Big Spring
Largest city Big Spring
Area
 • Total 904 sq mi (2,341 km2)
 • Land 901 sq mi (2,334 km2)
 • Water 3 sq mi (8 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 35,012
 • Density 36/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 19th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.howard.tx.us
Howard County, TX, line marker IMG 1814.JPG
Howard County Library in Big Spring

Howard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 35,012.[1] Its county seat is Big Spring.[2] The county is named for Volney E. Howard, a U.S. Congressman from Texas.[3]

Howard County is included in the Big Spring, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 904 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 901 square miles (2,330 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4]

Howard County is located at the boundary between the Llano Estacado to the north and the Edwards Plateau to the south. Beals Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River flows through the center of Big Spring and divides these two major physiographic regions.

Major roads and highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 50
1890 1,210 2,320.0%
1900 2,528 108.9%
1910 8,881 251.3%
1920 6,962 −21.6%
1930 22,888 228.8%
1940 20,990 −8.3%
1950 26,722 27.3%
1960 40,139 50.2%
1970 37,796 −5.8%
1980 33,142 −12.3%
1990 32,343 −2.4%
2000 33,627 4.0%
2010 35,012 4.1%
Est. 2012 35,408 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850-2010[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 33,627 people, 11,389 households, and 7,949 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 13,589 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.14% White, 4.13% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 12.43% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. 37.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,389 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 118.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,805, and the median income for a family was $37,262. Males had a median income of $28,971 versus $21,390 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,027. About 14.50% of families and 18.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.70% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

The county is served by a daily newspaper, local stations KBST (AM), KBST-FM, KBTS (FM), KBYG (AM), nearby stations KBXJ (FM), KPET (AM) and KWDC (FM), and the various Midland and Odessa radio and TV stations.

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

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. 162. 
  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: 32°19′N 101°26′W / 32.31°N 101.44°W / 32.31; -101.44