Wichita County, Texas

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Wichita County, Texas
Wichita County, TX, Courthouse IMG 6884.JPG
The Wichita County Courthouse in downtown Wichita Falls
Map of Texas highlighting Wichita County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 1, 1858
Seat Wichita Falls
Largest city Wichita Falls
 • Total 633 sq mi (1,639 km2)
 • Land 628 sq mi (1,627 km2)
 • Water 5 sq mi (13 km2), 0.8%
 • (2010) 131,500
 • Density 210/sq mi (81/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.wichita.tx.us

Wichita County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its the population was 131,500.[1] The county seat is Wichita Falls.[2]

Wichita County is part of the Wichita Falls, Texas, Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 633 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 628 square miles (1,630 km2) is land and 5 square miles (13 km2) (0.8%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 433
1890 4,831 1,015.7%
1900 5,806 20.2%
1910 16,094 177.2%
1920 72,911 353.0%
1930 74,416 2.1%
1940 73,604 −1.1%
1950 98,493 33.8%
1960 123,528 25.4%
1970 120,563 −2.4%
1980 121,082 0.4%
1990 122,378 1.1%
2000 131,664 7.6%
2010 131,500 −0.1%
Est. 2012 131,559 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 131,664 people, 48,441 households, and 32,891 families residing in the county. The population density was 210 people per square mile (81/km²). There were 53,304 housing units at an average density of 85 per square mile (33/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.76% White, 10.23% Black or African American, 0.89% Native American, 1.84% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 5.51% from other races, and 2.68% from two or more races. 12.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 48,441 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. In 2000, there were 1,869 unmarried partner households: 1,677 heterosexual, 94 same-sex male, and 98 same-sex female.

27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% 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 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 13.70% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 19.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 103.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,780, and the median income for a family was $40,937. Males had a median income of $28,687 versus $21,885 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,965. About 10.30% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.


Wichita County is represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican James Frank, a businessman from Wichita Falls.

Presidential elections[edit]

Wichita County cast the majority of its votes for Republican John McCain. He won 69% of the vote and 31,673 votes. Democrat Barack Obama received 30% of the vote and 13,828 votes. Other candidates received 1% of the vote. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush did better than John McCain and won 71% of the vote and 32,472 votes. Democrat John F. Kerry won 28% of the vote and 12,819 votes.

Unincorporated areas[edit]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Wichita Falls entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph A. Kemp served from 1883 to 1885 as a school board member and then for an appointed term and two elected terms as the treasurer of Wichita County. From 1917 to 1921, he was a regent of the University of Texas System.[7]

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice James V. Allred Unit is located in Wichita Falls.[8][9][10][11]


On February 19, 2014 a news report[12] surfaced regarding an incident in March of 2013 in which a motorist, named Scott Nesin and his wife who were stopped alongside US Highway 287 near Electra, Texas in Wichita County, encountered Officers Matt Wood and Gary Ellis of the Electra Police Department. Video evidence[13] recorded by the officers’ dashboard camera appears to show the officers conduct an illegal search of the Nesins’ vehicle and abuse their authority by issuing unjustified citations in retaliation for Mr. Nesin’s protest. The video also shows one of the officers using a painful law enforcement technique which appears unnecessary to control the compliant Mr. Nesin and generally displaying profane, unprofessional and disgraceful conduct.

Further video recording[14] of the subsequent pre-trial hearing shows Electra City Attorney Todd Greenwood describing[15] the lawlessness of rural police departments such as the Electra Police Department.

While the citations were eventually dismissed, there is no available evidence of any attempt by the municipality of Electra to hold the responsible parties accountable.




See also[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. ^ "Brian Hart, "Joseph Alexander Kemp"". tshaonline.org. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Allred Unit." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 10, 2010.
  9. ^ "Sheet Number 1." City of Wichita Falls. Retrieved on September 22, 2010.
  10. ^ "Sheet Number 2." City of Wichita Falls. Retrieved on September 22, 2010.
  11. ^ "Sheet Number 9." City of Wichita Falls. Retrieved on September 22, 2010.
  12. ^ Hendren, Mike (02/19/2014). "Did Two Police Officers Cross the Line In Electra, Texas? [VIDEO]". NewsTalk1290.com. Retrieved 02/22/2014. 
  13. ^ Nesin, Scott. "Two false charges in Electra, Texas. Prosecutor tries to add more at pretrial. And so much more.". YouTube. Retrieved 02/22/2014. 
  14. ^ Nesin, Scott. "Prosecutor Confrontation". YouTube. Retrieved 02/22/2014. 
  15. ^ Nesin, Scott. "Prosecutor's Warning". YouTube. Retrieved 02/22/2014. 

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Coordinates: 33°59′N 98°43′W / 33.99°N 98.71°W / 33.99; -98.71