Hockley County, Texas

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Hockley County, Texas
Yellow House Ranch, Hockley County, Texas, 2011.jpg
Road to Yellow House Ranch of Hockley County
Map of Texas highlighting Hockley County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1921
Named for George Washington Hockley
Seat Levelland
Largest city Levelland
Area
 • Total 909 sq mi (2,354 km2)
 • Land 908 sq mi (2,352 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 0.02%
Population
 • (2010) 22,935
 • Density 25/sq mi (10/km2)
Congressional district 19th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.co.hockley.tx.us

Hockley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 22,935.[1] Its county seat is Levelland.[2] The county was created in 1876, but not organized until 1921.[3] It is named for George Washington Hockley, a secretary of war of the Republic of Texas.

Hockley County comprises the Levelland Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Lubbock–Levelland Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Hockley County was formed in 1876 from portions of Bexar and Young Counties. It was named for George Washington Hockley,[4] the commander of artillery in the Battle of San Jacinto and later Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 909 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 908 square miles (2,350 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.02%) is covered by water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
190044
1910137211.4%
19201370.0%
19309,2986,686.9%
194012,69336.5%
195020,40760.8%
196022,3409.5%
197020,396−8.7%
198023,23013.9%
199024,1994.2%
200022,716−6.1%
201022,9351.0%
Est. 201623,275[6]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1850–2010[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, 22,716 people, 7,994 households, and 6,091 families resided in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). The 9,148 housing units averaged 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.38% White, 3.72% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 18.68% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. About 37.24% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 7,994 households, 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were not families, and 21.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the county, the population was distributed as 29.10% under the age of 18, 11.80% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,085, and for a family was $35,288. Males had a median income of $29,735 versus $20,671 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,022. About 14.80% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.10% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities[edit]

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 79.5% 5,809 17.2% 1,260 3.3% 242
2012 77.7% 5,546 20.8% 1,486 1.4% 102
2008 75.8% 5,795 23.5% 1,797 0.7% 53
2004 81.3% 6,160 18.3% 1,385 0.4% 32
2000 77.8% 5,250 21.0% 1,419 1.1% 76
1996 60.9% 4,230 31.2% 2,170 7.9% 550
1992 54.2% 4,261 29.3% 2,301 16.6% 1,306
1988 60.3% 4,368 39.3% 2,850 0.4% 32
1984 72.4% 5,462 27.1% 2,044 0.5% 39
1980 64.0% 4,599 34.1% 2,447 1.9% 137
1976 44.0% 3,137 55.4% 3,949 0.6% 44
1972 70.8% 4,084 28.2% 1,625 1.0% 56
1968 36.9% 2,265 39.5% 2,426 23.7% 1,456
1964 29.2% 1,674 70.6% 4,049 0.2% 10
1960 40.3% 2,159 59.2% 3,169 0.6% 30
1956 38.6% 2,001 61.2% 3,175 0.2% 10
1952 47.2% 2,651 52.7% 2,962 0.1% 7
1948 9.5% 346 84.6% 3,071 5.9% 214
1944 9.5% 319 78.4% 2,641 12.1% 407
1940 9.9% 261 89.9% 2,382 0.2% 6
1936 4.9% 90 94.4% 1,731 0.7% 12
1932 4.7% 76 93.2% 1,513 2.1% 34
1928 75.8% 765 23.3% 235 0.9% 9
1924 21.3% 20 73.4% 69 5.3% 5

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 158. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 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 May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-25. 

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Coordinates: 33°37′N 102°20′W / 33.61°N 102.34°W / 33.61; -102.34