Lavaca County, Texas

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Lavaca County, Texas
Lavaca County Texas Courthouse.jpg
The Lavaca County Courthouse in Hallettsville
Map of Texas highlighting Lavaca 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 Lavaca River
Seat Hallettsville
Largest city Yoakum
Area
 • Total 970 sq mi (2,512 km2)
 • Land 969 sq mi (2,510 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2), 0.1%
Population
 • (2010) 19,263
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 27th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.lavaca.tx.us

Lavaca County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 19,263.[1] Its county seat is Hallettsville.[2] The county is named for the Lavaca River which curves its way South East through Moulton and Hallettsville before reaching the coast at Matagorda Bay.

Lavaca County residents are notable for referring to generic soft drinks as "soda water", rather than the generic "coke" as residents of most parts of Texas commonly refer.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 970.4 square miles (2,513.3 km2), of which 969.7 square miles (2,511.5 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

See List of highways in Lavaca County for more roadways in Lavaca County.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,571
1860 5,945 278.4%
1870 9,168 54.2%
1880 13,641 48.8%
1890 21,887 60.5%
1900 28,121 28.5%
1910 26,418 −6.1%
1920 28,964 9.6%
1930 27,550 −4.9%
1940 25,485 −7.5%
1950 22,159 −13.1%
1960 20,174 −9.0%
1970 17,903 −11.3%
1980 19,004 6.1%
1990 18,690 −1.7%
2000 19,210 2.8%
2010 19,263 0.3%
Est. 2012 19,468 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850-2010[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 19,210 people, 7,669 households, and 5,391 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 9,657 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.86% White, 6.79% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.84% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 11.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.0% were of Czech, 24.1% German, 9.1% American and 5.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 86.3% spoke English, 7.7% Spanish, 4.6% Czech and 1.2% German as their first language.

There were 7,669 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 21.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,132, and the median income for a family was $36,760. Males had a median income of $26,988 versus $17,537 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,398. About 10.20% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 18.40% of those age 65 or over.

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. ^ Generic names for soft drinks map. Lavaca County is in bright green. The reference to "soda water" is provided in this thread on the TexAgs forum, by user hellapark.
  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 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010 Retrieved December 19, 2013
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 29°23′N 96°56′W / 29.38°N 96.94°W / 29.38; -96.94