Childress County, Texas
|Childress County, Texas|
Veterans Memorial at the Childress County Courthouse in Childress
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|Named for||George Campbell Childress|
|• Total||714 sq mi (1,849 km2)|
|• Land||696 sq mi (1,803 km2)|
|• Water||17 sq mi (44 km2), 2.4%|
|• Density||10/sq mi (4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC−6/−5|
Childress County (// CHIL-driss) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 7,041. The county seat is Childress. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1887. It is named for George Campbell Childress, the author of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
County and regional history is preserved in the Childress County Heritage Museum in downtown Childress. The Bradley 3 Ranch, operated by matriarch Minnie Lou Bradley, is entirely in Childress County but has a Memphis (Hall County) mailing address.
- Collingsworth County (north)
- Harmon County, Oklahoma (northeast)
- Hardeman County (east)
- Cottle County (south)
- Hall County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,688 people, 2,474 households, and 1,650 families residing in the county. The population density was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,059 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 67.70% White, 14.09% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 15.70% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 20.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,474 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 30.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 12.10% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 142.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 149.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,457, and the median income for a family was $35,543. Males had a median income of $25,606 versus $20,037 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,452. About 13.70% of families and 17.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.30% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.
- Childress (county seat)
- List of museums in the Texas Panhandle
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Childress County, Texas
- Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Childress County
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- Childress County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties
Past Sheriff's of Childress County
Harry Munday 1888-1890 B.J. Matthews 1891-1894 Percy Roberts 1895-1898 Fred Estes 1900-1902 Henry Bellah 1903-1906 J.W. Cochran 1907-1910 Jack Brown 1911-1916 Mel Dwight 1917-1920 Jim Crain 1921-1924 John Compton 1925-1928 Wyatt Smith 1929-1930 W.E. Cox 1931-1934 J.D.Moore 1935-1942 Paul Griffin 1953-1954 Gaylon Smith 1955-1962 J.E. Benham 1963-1980 Ronald Sims 1981-1984 Claude Lane 1985-1991 Reece Bowen 1991-1995 Kevin W. Overstreet 1995-1999 Darin W. Smith 1999 2006
The First Narcotic's Drug Dog Rona was the first Drug dog for Childress County. Kevin Overstreet was her handler who was then the Chief Deputy who later became the 21st Sheriff. Rona was responsible for taking approximately 750,000.00 dollars worth of drugs off the street. She passed away in 1996 and was buried on the grounds of the Childress County Courthouse. Rona's grave is marked with her name "Rona" on the south side of the Childress County Courthouse.  Amarillo Globe News</ref>==References==