Red River County, Texas

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Red River County, Texas
RED RIVER COUNTY COURTHOUSE.jpg
Red River County Courthouse
Map of Texas highlighting Red River County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Red River of the South
Seat Clarksville
Largest city Clarksville
Area
 • Total 1,057 sq mi (2,738 km2)
 • Land 1,037 sq mi (2,686 km2)
 • Water 20 sq mi (52 km2), 1.9%
Population
 • (2010) 12,860
 • Density 12.2/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.red-river.tx.us

Red River County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 12,860.[1] Its county seat is Clarksville.[2] The county is named for the Red River, which forms its northern boundary.

Red River County is the birthplace of John Nance Garner, 32nd Vice President of the United States. B.P. Newman (1927–2008), a Texas business entrepreneur, developer, and philanthropist based in Laredo, was also born in Red River County.

Red River County is represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican Erwin Cain of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,057 square miles (2,740 km2), of which 1,037 square miles (2,690 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (1.9%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,906
1860 8,535 118.5%
1870 10,653 24.8%
1880 17,194 61.4%
1890 21,452 24.8%
1900 29,893 39.3%
1910 28,564 −4.4%
1920 35,829 25.4%
1930 30,923 −13.7%
1940 29,769 −3.7%
1950 21,851 −26.6%
1960 15,682 −28.2%
1970 14,298 −8.8%
1980 16,101 12.6%
1990 14,317 −11.1%
2000 14,314 0.0%
2010 12,860 −10.2%
Est. 2012 12,694 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1850-2010[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 14,314 people, 5,827 households, and 4,067 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 6,916 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.04% White, 17.80% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.29% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 4.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,827 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.50% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,558, and the median income for a family was $33,436. Males had a median income of $24,609 versus $17,566 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,058, making it one of the economically poorest counties in the state of Texas. About 13.10% of families and 17.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.20% of those under age 18 and 17.70% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The following school districts serve Red River County:

Notable people[edit]

  • Jim Leavelle, Dallas homicide detective shown in the iconic photograph of Jack Ruby killing Lee Harvey Oswald

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

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. 

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Coordinates: 33°37′N 95°03′W / 33.62°N 95.05°W / 33.62; -95.05