Randall County, Texas

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Randall County, Texas
Canyon-Texas1RG.jpg
The Randall County Courthouse in 2011
Seal of Randall County, Texas
Seal
Map of Texas highlighting Randall 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 Horace Randal
Seat Canyon
Largest city Amarillo
Area
 • Total 922 sq mi (2,388 km2)
 • Land 912 sq mi (2,362 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.2%
Population
 • (2010) 120,725
 • Density 114/sq mi (44/km²)
Congressional district 13th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.randallcounty.org

Randall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 120,725.[1] Its county seat is Canyon.[2] The county is named for Horace Randal, a Confederate brigadier general killed at the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. The reason the county name differs from his is because the bill creating the county misspelled Randal's name.

Randall County is part of the Amarillo, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

At one time, the large JA Ranch, founded by Charles Goodnight and John George Adair, which reached into six counties, held acreage in Randall County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 922 square miles (2,390 km2), of which 912 square miles (2,360 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.2%) is water.[3]

Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States, is located in Randall County.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 3
1890 187 6,133.3%
1900 963 415.0%
1910 3,312 243.9%
1920 3,675 11.0%
1930 7,071 92.4%
1940 7,185 1.6%
1950 13,774 91.7%
1960 33,913 146.2%
1970 53,885 58.9%
1980 75,062 39.3%
1990 89,673 19.5%
2000 104,312 16.3%
2010 120,725 15.7%
Est. 2012 125,082 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1850-2010[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 104,312 people, 41,240 households, and 28,785 families residing in the county. The population density was 114 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 43,261 housing units at an average density of 47 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.44% White, 1.50% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.71% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. 10.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 41,240 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,712, and the median income for a family was $52,420. Males had a median income of $36,333 versus $25,358 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,840. About 5.70% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.50% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

Presidential elections[edit]

Although once more Democratic-leaning, the county has become solidly Republican. The Republican candidate has carried the county in every presidential election since 1952, usually by overwhelming margins.[7] In the last five elections no Republican candidate has received less than 61% of the county's vote.[8]

Randall County was one of the more than 200 counties in Texas to cast the majority of its votes for Republican John McCain. McCain received 41,895 votes, which was 81% of the total, while Democrat Barack Obama received 9,461 votes, or 18% of the total, far below his national percentage.

Communities[edit]

† The population of Amarillo is about evenly distributed between Potter County and Randall County.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 23, 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 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ Geographie Electionale
  8. ^ The New York Times electoral map (Zoom in on Texas)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°58′N 101°54′W / 34.97°N 101.90°W / 34.97; -101.90