Taylor County, Texas

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Taylor County, Texas
Taylor County Courthouse, Abilene, TX IMG 6323.JPG
New Taylor County Courthouse in Abilene
Map of Texas highlighting Taylor County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1858
Named for Edward, George, and James Taylor
Seat Abilene
Largest city Abilene
Area
 • Total 919 sq mi (2,380 km2)
 • Land 916 sq mi (2,372 km2)
 • Water 3.8 sq mi (10 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 131,506
 • Density 137/sq mi (53/km²)
Congressional district 19th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.taylorcountytexas.org
A uniformed soldier on duty next to a bald eagle show eternal vigilance in an exhibit at the Taylor County Courthouse
Old Taylor County Courthouse has limited use.

Taylor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 131,506.[1] Its county seat is Abilene.[2] The county is named for Edward Taylor, George Taylor, and James Taylor, three brothers who died at the Battle of the Alamo.

Taylor County is included in the Abilene, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is considered part of West Texas.

History[edit]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 919 square miles (2,380 km2), of which 916 square miles (2,370 km2) is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) (0.4%) is water.[16]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,736
1890 6,957 300.7%
1900 10,499 50.9%
1910 26,293 150.4%
1920 24,081 −8.4%
1930 41,023 70.4%
1940 44,147 7.6%
1950 63,370 43.5%
1960 101,078 59.5%
1970 97,853 −3.2%
1980 110,932 13.4%
1990 119,655 7.9%
2000 126,555 5.8%
2010 131,506 3.9%
Est. 2012 133,473 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[17]
1850-2010[18]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[19] of 2000, there were 126,555 people, 47,274 households, and 32,524 families residing in the county. The population density was 138 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 52,056 housing units at an average density of 57 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.61% White, 6.73% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 8.35% from other races, and 2.42% from two or more races. 17.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 47,274 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.80% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 19.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,035, and the median income for a family was $40,859. Males had a median income of $28,964 versus $21,021 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,176. About 10.40% of families and 14.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.60% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Leffler, John. "Taylor County, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Hundell, Ken and Sharon (2005). Spirits of the Border V: The History and Mystery of the Lone Star State. Omega Press. pp. 118–119. ISBN 978-0-9626087-9-7. 
  5. ^ "Buffalo Gap, Texas". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Abilene, Texas". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Early Jr, Joseph E; McBeth, Harry Leon (2004). A Texas Baptist History Sourcebook: A Companion to McBeth's Texas Baptists. University of North Texas Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-1-57441-176-8. 
  8. ^ "Epileptic Colony Open". The journal of the American Medical Association (American Medical Association) 41: 973. 1903. 
  9. ^ Foster, Douglas A; Blowers, Paul M; Dunnavant, Anthony L; Williams, D Newell (2005). The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-8028-3898-8. 
  10. ^ Downs, Fane. "McMurry University". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Warner, C A; Thompson, Ernest O (2007). Texas Oil & Gas Since 1543. Copano Bay Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-9767799-5-7. 
  12. ^ Ebeling, Walter (1990). Fruited Plain: The Story of American Agriculture. Univ of California Pr. p. 249. ISBN 978-0-520-03751-9. 
  13. ^ Leatherwood, Art. "Dyess Air Force Base". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Aston, B W; Taylor, Ira Donathon (1997). Along the Texas Forts Trail. University of North Texas Press. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-57441-035-8. 
  15. ^ Sellers, Laren (2005). Training and Showing the Versatility Ranch Horse. The Lyons Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-59228-555-6. 
  16. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  17. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 32°19′N 99°53′W / 32.31°N 99.88°W / 32.31; -99.88