Cooke County, Texas

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Cooke County, Texas
Cooke county tx courthouse 2015.jpg
The Cooke County Courthouse in Gainesville
Map of Texas highlighting Cooke County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1849
Seat Gainesville
Largest city Gainesville
Area
 • Total 898 sq mi (2,326 km2)
 • Land 875 sq mi (2,266 km2)
 • Water 24 sq mi (62 km2), 2.6%
Population
 • (2016) 39,141
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 13th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.cooke.tx.us

Cooke County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. At the 2010 census, its population was 38,437.[1] The county seat is Gainesville.[2] The county was founded in 1848 and organized the next year. It is named for William Gordon Cooke, a soldier during the Texas Revolution. It is a part of the Texoma region.

Cooke County comprises the Gainesville, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the DallasFort Worth, TX-OK Combined Statistical Area.

Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster, has represented Cooke County in the Texas House of Representatives since January 2013.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 898 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 875 square miles (2,270 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (2.6%) is water.[4]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 220
1860 3,760 1,609.1%
1870 5,315 41.4%
1880 20,391 283.7%
1890 24,696 21.1%
1900 27,494 11.3%
1910 26,603 −3.2%
1920 25,667 −3.5%
1930 24,136 −6.0%
1940 24,909 3.2%
1950 22,146 −11.1%
1960 22,560 1.9%
1970 23,471 4.0%
1980 27,656 17.8%
1990 30,777 11.3%
2000 36,363 18.1%
2010 38,437 5.7%
Est. 2016 39,266 [5] 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1850–2010[7] 2010–2014[1]

According to statistical data most recently acquired in 2016, Cooke County has a population of 39,141 people (41% urban, 59% rural), nearly 14,000 households and over 10,000 families. The population density was 42 per square mile (16/km²). There were 15,061 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.84% White, 3.06% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 5.16% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 9.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the more than 14,000 households in Cooke County, 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living in the home; 59.60% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07.

27.30% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

While 2015 estimates place the median household income for Cooke County at $53,552, past estimates showed the median household income to be $37,649, with the median family income being $44,869. Males had a median income of $32,429 and females $22,065. The per capita income was $17,889. About 10.90% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.80% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over. Median house values in 2015 were $118,254.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[8]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 82.6% 13,181 14.7% 2,352 2.6% 422
2012 83.3% 11,951 15.7% 2,246 1.1% 154
2008 78.9% 11,871 20.3% 3,051 0.9% 132
2004 78.8% 11,908 20.8% 3,142 0.4% 57
2000 75.2% 10,128 23.4% 3,153 1.4% 188
1996 59.5% 7,320 30.8% 3,782 9.7% 1,195
1992 40.5% 5,299 23.7% 3,105 35.8% 4,680
1988 62.8% 7,196 36.8% 4,217 0.3% 39
1984 71.4% 8,260 28.4% 3,278 0.2% 26
1980 62.6% 6,760 35.6% 3,842 1.9% 200
1976 51.5% 4,804 48.1% 4,483 0.5% 42
1972 78.3% 6,317 21.1% 1,702 0.6% 51
1968 48.0% 3,799 34.2% 2,711 17.8% 1,412
1964 43.2% 3,117 56.6% 4,083 0.2% 11
1960 55.5% 3,983 44.2% 3,168 0.4% 25
1956 64.3% 4,164 35.1% 2,272 0.6% 37
1952 62.2% 4,385 37.7% 2,657 0.1% 8
1948 23.8% 1,194 64.5% 3,241 11.8% 591
1944 18.6% 919 66.2% 3,270 15.2% 749
1940 23.2% 1,358 76.6% 4,483 0.2% 12
1936 15.6% 686 83.9% 3,686 0.5% 20
1932 11.0% 470 88.5% 3,775 0.5% 20
1928 54.0% 2,262 45.9% 1,924 0.1% 4
1924 12.9% 525 77.6% 3,170 9.6% 391
1920 29.6% 1,003 64.1% 2,170 6.4% 215
1916 12.9% 353 83.1% 2,273 4.0% 109
1912 9.6% 206 83.3% 1,780 7.1% 151

The Texas Youth Commission operates the Gainesville State School in an unincorporated area in Cooke County, east of Gainesville.[9]

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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 May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "State Rep. Springer announces district tour July 30". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  9. ^ "Gainesville State School Archived 2011-02-20 at the Wayback Machine.." Texas Youth Commission. Retrieved August 8, 2010.

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Coordinates: 33°38′N 97°13′W / 33.633°N 97.217°W / 33.633; -97.217