Dickens County, Texas
The Dickens County Courthouse in Dickens
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
|• Total||905 sq mi (2,340 km2)|
|• Land||902 sq mi (2,340 km2)|
|• Water||3.5 sq mi (9 km2) 0.4%%|
|• Density||2.7/sq mi (1.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Dickens County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,444. Its county seat is Dickens. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1891. Both the county and its seat are named for J. Dickens, who died at the Battle of the Alamo.
The Pitchfork Ranch is in Dickens and adjacent King County. It was managed from 1965 to 1986 by Jim Humphreys, who was also affiliated with the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. The Matador Ranch, based in Motley County, once reached into Dickens County.
Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster in Cooke County, represented Dickens County in the Texas House of Representatives from January, 2013 through his election to Texas Senate, District 30 in a special election runoff on December 19, 2020.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 905 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 902 square miles (2,340 km2) are land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (0.4%) are covered by water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, 2,762 people, 980 households, and 638 families resided in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km2). The 1,368 housing units averaged 2 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 77.62% White, 8.18% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 12.35% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. About 23.90% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 980 households, 23.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.80% were not families. About 32.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the county, the population was distributed as 18.50% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 130.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 141.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,898, and for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $18,571 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,156. About 14.10% of families and 17.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.30% of those under age 18 and 18.20% of those age 65 or over.
- Charles Weldon Cannon, rancher and boot and saddle manufacturer
- Marshall Formby, attorney, newspaper publisher, radio executive, and politician
|United States Congress, District 13||Ronny Jackson||2021 – Present|
|State Senator, District 28||Charles Perry||2014 – Present|
|State Representative, District 68||vacant||December 2020 – Present|
|County Elected Leadership||Name||Service|
|County Judge||Kevin Brendle||2015 – present|
|County Commissioner Pct 1||Dennis Wyatt||2017 – present|
|County Commissioner Pct 2||Mike Smith||2015 – present|
|County Commissioner Pct 3||Charles Morris||2013 – present|
|County Commissioner Pct 4||Jerry Alexander||2019 – present|
|110th District Attorney||Wade Jackson||2017 – present|
|District & County Clerk||Becky Hill||2015 – present|
|County Sheriff||Terry Braly||2013 – present|
|County Attorney||Aaron Clements||2018 – present|
|County Tax Assessor-collector||Rebecca Haney||2015 – present|
|County Treasurer||Darla Thomason||2016 – present|
|Justice of the Peace||Nancy Stone||2015 – present|
Like much of North Texas, Dickens is heavily Republican, giving less than 15% of the vote to Hillary Clinton in 2016, though it did support her husband, Bill Clinton, in both 1992 and 1996, in the former election supporting him by double digits over Texan native George Bush. It had previously even voted against Ronald Reagan by large margins in both 1980 and 1984.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Dickens County, Texas
- Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Dickens County
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 106.
- "Matador Ranch," Historical marker, Texas Historical Commission, Motley County, Texas
- "State Rep. Springer announces district tour July 30". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "State Rep. Drew Springer trumps Shelley Luther in Texas Senate runoff". Texas Tribune, December 19, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
- "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
- "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dickens County, Texas.|
- Dickens County in Handbook of Texas Online at the University of Texas
- Historic Dickens County materials, hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
- Dickens County History at HistoricTexas.net
- Dickens County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties