Waller County, Texas

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Waller County, Texas
Waller county courthouse.jpg
The Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead
Map of Texas highlighting Waller County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1873
Named for Edwin Waller
Seat Hempstead
Largest city Hempstead
Area
 • Total 518 sq mi (1,342 km2)
 • Land 513 sq mi (1,329 km2)
 • Water 4.5 sq mi (12 km2), 0.9%
Population
 • (2010) 43,205
 • Density 84/sq mi (32.5/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.waller.tx.us

Waller County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,205.[1] Its county seat is Hempstead.[2] The county was named for Virginia native Edwin Waller, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the designer of Austin, and Austin's first mayor.

Waller County is included in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 518 square miles (1,340 km2), of which 513 square miles (1,330 km2) is land and 4.5 square miles (12 km2) (0.9%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 9,024
1890 10,888 20.7%
1900 14,246 30.8%
1910 12,138 −14.8%
1920 10,292 −15.2%
1930 10,014 −2.7%
1940 10,280 2.7%
1950 11,961 16.4%
1960 12,071 0.9%
1970 14,285 18.3%
1980 19,798 38.6%
1990 23,390 18.1%
2000 32,663 39.6%
2010 43,205 32.3%
Est. 2013 45,213 4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1850-2010[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2000 Census,[6] there were 32,663 people, 10,557 households, and 7,748 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 11,955 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.83% White, 29.25% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 10.28% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. 19.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,557 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 13.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.60% were non-families. 21.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 18.10% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,136, and the median income for a family was $45,868. Males had a median income of $34,447 versus $25,583 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,338. About 11.50% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.00% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Igloo Corporation, a manufacturer of cooling and portable refrigeration products, is headquartered in unincorporated Waller County between Brookshire and Katy.[7] In 2004 Igloo announced that it was consolidating its corporate, distribution, and manufacturing operations in Waller County.[8]

Elected officials[edit]

United States Congress[edit]

Senators Name Party First Elected Level
  Senate Class 1 John Cornyn Republican 2002 Senior Senator
  Senate Class 2 Ted Cruz Republican 2013 Junior Senator
Representatives Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Waller County Represented
  District 10 Michael McCaul Republican 2004 Entire county

Texas Legislature[edit]

Texas Senate[edit]

District 18: Glenn Hegar (R)- first elected in 2006.

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

District 28: John Zerwas (R)- first elected in 2006.

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

See List of Highways in Waller County for more roadways in Waller County.

The TTC-69 component (recommended preferred) of the planned Trans-Texas Corridor goes through Waller County.[9]

Airports[edit]

Houston Executive Airport is located between Brookshire and Katy in an unincorporated area. Skydive Houston Airport (Skylake Airport) is located south of Waller in an unincorporated area.

The Houston Airport System stated that Waller County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County.[10] In addition William P. Hobby Airport in Houston and in Harris County has commercial airline service.[citation needed]

The Waller Times[edit]

Main article: The Waller Times

The Waller Times publishes local community news, school news, and sports news weekly on Mondays.[11] It was founded in 1991 and is still family owned and operated.

Education[edit]

School districts serving Waller County include:

Voting controversies[edit]

There has been a history of controversies regarding the reluctance of county officials to allow students attending historically-black Prairie View A&M University to vote in Waller County.[12][13][1]

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

† Katy is incorporated in Harris County, with portions in Waller County and Fort Bend County.

Unincorporated areas[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 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 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Igloo Worldwide Headquarters." Igloo Corporation. Accessed September 5, 2008. "Igloo Products Corp. 777 Igloo Road Katy, Texas 77494"
  8. ^ "Igloo consolidating operations in Katy facility." Houston Business Journal. Monday October 18, 2004. Retrieved on March 2, 2011. "1001 W. Sam Houston Parkway North" for the old Houston facility
  9. ^ TxDoT, TTC Section C & S, Detailed Map 1, 2007-12-17
  10. ^ "Master Plan Executive Summary." George Bush Intercontinental Airport Master Plan. Houston Airport System. December 2006. 2-1 (23/130). Retrieved on December 14, 2010.
  11. ^ McLemee, Scott (February 6, 2004). "Justice Department to Look Into Alleged Threat to Students' Voting Rights", The Chronicle of Higher Education 50 (22): A30.
  12. ^ "2 Voter Rights Cases, One Gripping a College Town, Stir Texas" by Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times, May 28, 2008
  13. ^ "Judges slap Waller voter rules, give hand to Prairie View" by Cindy George, Houston Chronicle October 24, 2008

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°01′N 95°59′W / 30.01°N 95.98°W / 30.01; -95.98