Cass County, Texas

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Cass County, Texas
Cass County Courthouse Linden Tx.jpg
Map of Texas highlighting Cass County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1846
Named for Lewis Cass
Seat Linden
Largest city Atlanta
Area
 • Total 960 sq mi (2,486 km2)
 • Land 937 sq mi (2,427 km2)
 • Water 23 sq mi (60 km2), 2.4%
Population
 • (2010) 30,464
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.cass.tx.us

Cass County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 30,464.[1] The county seat is Linden.[2] The county was named for Lewis Cass, a senator from Michigan who favored the annexation of Texas.

History[edit]

Cass County was formed in 1846 from sections of Bowie County.[3] It was named for Lewis Cass,[4] a U.S. Senator from Michigan who had favored the annexation of Texas to the United States. From 1861 to 1871, this county was known as Davis County, after Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America. (It should not be confused with the still extant Jeff Davis County in west Texas.)

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 960 square miles (2,500 km2), of which 937 square miles (2,430 km2) is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (2.4%) is water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 4,991
1860 8,411 68.5%
1870 8,875 5.5%
1880 16,724 88.4%
1890 22,554 34.9%
1900 22,841 1.3%
1910 27,587 20.8%
1920 30,041 8.9%
1930 30,030 0.0%
1940 33,496 11.5%
1950 26,732 −20.2%
1960 23,496 −12.1%
1970 24,133 2.7%
1980 29,430 21.9%
1990 29,982 1.9%
2000 30,438 1.5%
2010 30,464 0.1%
Est. 2016 30,375 [6] −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1850–2010[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 30,464 people, 12,190 households, and 8,654 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 13,890 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.20% White, 19.47% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. 1.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,190 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,441, and the median income for a family was $35,623. Males had a median income of $30,906 versus $19,726 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,777. About 14.70% of families and 17.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.20% of those under age 18 and 17.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The Cass County Club at East Texas State Normal College in 1921

The following school districts serve Cass County:

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

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In popular culture[edit]

The 2015 Don Henley album Cass County is named after this East Texas county in which Henley grew up.[10]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 78.8% 9,726 19.4% 2,391 1.8% 227
2012 74.3% 8,763 24.8% 2,924 0.9% 101
2008 69.9% 8,279 29.5% 3,490 0.7% 77
2004 61.3% 7,383 38.4% 4,630 0.3% 36
2000 57.1% 6,295 41.9% 4,618 1.0% 106
1996 37.5% 4,066 52.5% 5,691 10.0% 1,082
1992 34.3% 3,999 47.0% 5,476 18.7% 2,185
1988 47.1% 5,305 52.8% 5,941 0.1% 16
1984 56.8% 6,677 43.0% 5,053 0.3% 30
1980 46.8% 4,993 52.3% 5,578 0.9% 101
1976 41.8% 3,712 57.9% 5,134 0.3% 29
1972 72.8% 5,303 27.2% 1,981 0.1% 4
1968 26.3% 1,930 34.5% 2,536 39.2% 2,884
1964 42.6% 2,681 57.3% 3,603 0.1% 8
1960 43.9% 2,322 55.5% 2,934 0.6% 34
1956 54.9% 2,970 44.3% 2,395 0.8% 44
1952 44.2% 2,502 55.8% 3,160 0.1% 3
1948 11.7% 457 65.1% 2,540 23.1% 902
1944 14.5% 541 76.6% 2,866 9.0% 335
1940 12.7% 454 87.3% 3,126
1936 6.4% 169 93.6% 2,461
1932 6.7% 224 93.3% 3,135
1928 43.8% 1,323 56.2% 1,698
1924 31.1% 997 66.2% 2,125 2.8% 89
1920 42.6% 1,446 46.0% 1,563 11.4% 388
1916 30.3% 707 64.4% 1,505 5.3% 124
1912 20.6% 402 65.9% 1,284 13.5% 264

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - CASS COUNTY
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 71. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ http://www.npr.org/2015/09/17/440361538/first-listen-don-henley-cass-county
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 33°04′N 94°21′W / 33.07°N 94.35°W / 33.07; -94.35