Hood County, Texas

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Hood County
The Hood County Courthouse in Granbury
The Hood County Courthouse in Granbury
Map of Texas highlighting Hood County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°26′N 97°50′W / 32.43°N 97.83°W / 32.43; -97.83
Country United States
State Texas
Founded1866
Named forJohn Bell Hood
SeatGranbury
Largest cityGranbury
Area
 • Total437 sq mi (1,130 km2)
 • Land421 sq mi (1,090 km2)
 • Water16 sq mi (40 km2)  3.7%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total61,598
 • Density140/sq mi (54/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district11th
Websitewww.co.hood.tx.us

Hood County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 61,598.[1] Its county seat is Granbury.[2] The county is named for John Bell Hood, a Confederate lieutenant general and the commander of Hood's Texas Brigade.

Hood County is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan statistical area and the Granbury micropolitan area.

History[edit]

Hood County was formed in 1866 from portions of Johnson County. It was named after John Bell Hood,[3] a general of the Confederate Army and commander of Hood's Texas Brigade.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 437 sq mi (1,130 km2), of which 421 sq mi (1,090 km2) are land and 16 sq mi (41 km2) (3.7%) are covered by water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18702,585
18806,125136.9%
18907,61424.3%
19009,14620.1%
191010,0089.4%
19208,759−12.5%
19306,779−22.6%
19406,674−1.5%
19505,287−20.8%
19605,4433.0%
19706,39817.5%
198017,714176.9%
199028,98163.6%
200041,10041.8%
201051,18224.5%
202061,59820.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850–2010[6] 2010[7] 2020[8]

2020 census[edit]

Hood County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[7] Pop 2020[8] % 2010 % 2020
  White alone (NH) 44,588 49,815 87.12% 80.87%
  Black or African American alone (NH) 225 495 0.44% 0.80%
  Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 288 340 0.56% 0.55%
Asian alone (NH) 296 468 0.58% 0.76%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 32 53 0.06% 0.09%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 34 180 0.07% 0.29%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 485 2,289 0.95% 3.72%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 5,234 7,958 10.23% 12.92%
Total 51,182 61,598 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, 41,100 people, 16,176 households, and 12,099 families were residing in the county. The population density was 98 people/sq mi (38/km2). The 19,105 housing units averaged 45/sq mi (18/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.77% White, 0.33% African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 2.44% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. About 7.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latinos of any race.

Of the 16,176 households, 28.80% had children under 18 living with them, 63.60% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were not families. About 21.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.50, and the average family size was 2.88. As of the 2010 census, about 3.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households were in the county.[10]

In the county, the age distribution was 23.60% under 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,668, and for a family was $50,111. Males had a median income of $38,662 versus $23,723 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,261. About 6.00% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

The restored Granbury Opera House was adorned with patriotic decorations during the 2014 Fourth of July festival.

Hood County is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth television media market in North Central Texas. Local news media outlets are KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, KFWD-TV, and KDTX-TV. Hood County is served by two newspapers, Hood County Free Press, an online daily publication, and the biweekly Hood County News https://hcnews.com.

Education[edit]

These school districts serve Hood County:

Politics[edit]

Hood County has become a strongly Republican county since 1980.

United States presidential election results for Hood County, Texas[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 26,496 81.42% 5,648 17.36% 397 1.22%
2016 21,382 81.42% 4,008 15.26% 872 3.32%
2012 18,409 81.53% 3,843 17.02% 327 1.45%
2008 17,299 76.46% 5,087 22.48% 238 1.05%
2004 16,280 76.46% 4,865 22.85% 148 0.70%
2000 12,429 71.00% 4,704 26.87% 372 2.13%
1996 7,575 52.06% 5,459 37.52% 1,516 10.42%
1992 5,313 37.52% 4,359 30.78% 4,490 31.70%
1988 7,400 63.16% 4,255 36.32% 61 0.52%
1984 6,817 68.71% 3,063 30.87% 41 0.41%
1980 3,755 54.11% 3,001 43.24% 184 2.65%
1976 1,857 36.69% 3,181 62.85% 23 0.45%
1972 1,743 64.32% 949 35.02% 18 0.66%
1968 593 27.44% 1,155 53.45% 413 19.11%
1964 423 20.27% 1,661 79.59% 3 0.14%
1960 943 43.12% 1,238 56.61% 6 0.27%
1956 751 40.55% 1,095 59.13% 6 0.32%
1952 780 36.52% 1,356 63.48% 0 0.00%
1948 169 11.24% 1,273 84.64% 62 4.12%
1944 146 9.92% 1,203 81.73% 123 8.36%
1940 166 11.18% 1,318 88.75% 1 0.07%
1936 102 9.32% 988 90.31% 4 0.37%
1932 106 8.62% 1,119 90.98% 5 0.41%
1928 640 57.09% 479 42.73% 2 0.18%
1924 122 9.71% 1,074 85.51% 60 4.78%
1920 175 17.16% 697 68.33% 148 14.51%
1916 64 7.60% 693 82.30% 85 10.10%
1912 38 4.53% 674 80.43% 126 15.04%


Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hood County, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 160.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing from 1790-2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  6. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Hood County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  8. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Hood County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  10. ^ Where Same-Sex Couples Live, June 26, 2015, retrieved July 6, 2015
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  12. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Thorp Spring

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Coordinates: 32°26′N 97°50′W / 32.43°N 97.83°W / 32.43; -97.83