Lamar County, Texas

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Lamar County, Texas
Lamar courthouse tx 2010.jpg
The Lamar County Courthouse in Paris, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Lamar County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1841
Named for Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar
Seat Paris
Largest city Paris
Area
 • Total 933 sq mi (2,416 km2)
 • Land 907 sq mi (2,349 km2)
 • Water 26 sq mi (67 km2), 2.8%
Population
 • (2010) 49,793
 • Density 52/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.lamar.tx.us

Lamar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 49,793.[1] Its county seat is Paris.[2] The county was formed by the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 17, 1840, and is named for Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, the second president of Texas.[citation needed]

Lamar County comprises the Paris, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Lamar County, once heavily Democratic, is now represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican Erwin Cain of Sulphur Springs, Texas.[citation needed] Republican Representative Marsha Farney, reared in Lamar County, represents District 20, which includes the northern portion of Williamson County in the Austin suburbs.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 933 square miles (2,420 km2), of which 907 square miles (2,350 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (2.8%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,978
1860 10,136 154.8%
1870 15,790 55.8%
1880 27,193 72.2%
1890 37,302 37.2%
1900 48,627 30.4%
1910 46,544 −4.3%
1920 55,742 19.8%
1930 48,529 −12.9%
1940 50,425 3.9%
1950 43,033 −14.7%
1960 34,234 −20.4%
1970 36,062 5.3%
1980 42,156 16.9%
1990 43,949 4.3%
2000 48,499 10.4%
2010 49,793 2.7%
Est. 2012 49,811 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1850-2010[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 48,499 people, 19,077 households, and 13,468 families residing in the county. The population density was 53 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 21,113 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.46% White, 13.47% Black or African American, 1.08% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 3.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 19,077 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,609, and the median income for a family was $38,359. Males had a median income of $30,539 versus $21,095 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,000. About 12.80% of families and 16.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 14.30% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The following school districts serve Lamar County:

In addition, Paris Junior College serves the county.

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010 Retrieved December 19, 2013
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 33°40′N 95°34′W / 33.67°N 95.57°W / 33.67; -95.57