Parker County, Texas

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Parker County, Texas
Parker courthouse.jpg
The Parker County courthouse in Weatherford.
Map of Texas highlighting Parker County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1855
Seat Weatherford
Largest city Weatherford
Area
 • Total 910 sq mi (2,357 km2)
 • Land 903 sq mi (2,339 km2)
 • Water 7 sq mi (18 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • (2010) 116,927
 • Density 129.3/sq mi (49.9/km²)
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.parker.tx.us
Confederate soldier statue at Parker County Courthouse

Parker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 116,927.[1] The county seat is Weatherford.[2] The county is named for Isaac Parker, a state legislator who introduced the bill that established the county in 1855.[3][4]

Parker County is included in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 910 square miles (2,357 km2), of which 903 square miles (2,339 km2) is land and 7 square miles (18 km2) (0.7%) is water.[5] The county is intersected by the Brazos River.[6]

Highest point[edit]

Main article: Slipdown Mountain

Slipdown Mountain and Slipdown Bluff, at a height of 1,368 feet (417 m), are the highest points in Parker County.[7] They are located just east of the Advance Community, southwest of Poolville.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 4,213
1870 4,186 −0.6%
1880 15,870 279.1%
1890 21,682 36.6%
1900 25,823 19.1%
1910 26,331 2.0%
1920 23,382 −11.2%
1930 18,759 −19.8%
1940 20,482 9.2%
1950 21,528 5.1%
1960 22,880 6.3%
1970 33,888 48.1%
1980 44,609 31.6%
1990 64,785 45.2%
2000 88,495 36.6%
2010 116,927 32.1%
Est. 2012 119,712 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1850-2010[9]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census of 2003, there were 98,495 people, 31,131 households, and 24,313 families residing in the county. The population density was 98 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 34,084 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.17% White, 1.79% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 12.61% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 7.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 31,131 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 18.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 104.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,497, and the median income for a family was $51,530. Males had a median income of $37,913 versus $25,412 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,305. About 5.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

(u) - unincorporated
* - partly in Wise and Tarrant counties
** - mainly in Palo Pinto County
*** - mainly in Tarrant County

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - PARKER COUNTY
  4. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - PARKER, ISAAC
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Parker". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 
  7. ^ Parker County Highpoint Trip Report
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°47′N 97°49′W / 32.78°N 97.81°W / 32.78; -97.81