Lavaca County, Texas

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Lavaca County, Texas
Lavaca County Texas Courthouse.jpg
The Lavaca County Courthouse in Hallettsville
Map of Texas highlighting Lavaca County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1846
Named for Lavaca River
Seat Hallettsville
Largest city Yoakum
Area
 • Total 970 sq mi (2,512 km2)
 • Land 970 sq mi (2,512 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2), 0.08%
Population
 • (2010) 19,263
 • Density 20/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 27th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.lavaca.tx.us

Lavaca County (/ləˈvɑːkə/ lə-VAH-kə) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 19,263.[1] Its county seat is Hallettsville.[2] The county was created in 1846.[3] It is named for the Lavaca River which curves its way South East through Moulton and Hallettsville before reaching the coast at Matagorda Bay.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 970 square miles (2,500 km2), of which 970 square miles (2,500 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.08%) is water.[5]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,571
1860 5,945 278.4%
1870 9,168 54.2%
1880 13,641 48.8%
1890 21,887 60.5%
1900 28,121 28.5%
1910 26,418 −6.1%
1920 28,964 9.6%
1930 27,550 −4.9%
1940 25,485 −7.5%
1950 22,159 −13.1%
1960 20,174 −9.0%
1970 17,903 −11.3%
1980 19,004 6.1%
1990 18,690 −1.7%
2000 19,210 2.8%
2010 19,263 0.3%
Est. 2016 19,809 [6] 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1850–2010[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 19,210 people, 7,669 households, and 5,391 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 9,657 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.86% White, 6.79% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.84% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 11.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.0% were of Czech, 24.1% German, 9.1% American and 5.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 86.3% spoke English, 7.7% Spanish, 4.6% Czech and 1.2% German as their first language.

There were 7,669 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 21.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 93.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,132, and the median income for a family was $36,760. Males had a median income of $26,988 versus $17,537 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,398. About 10.20% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 18.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The following school public school districts are located in Lavaca County.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Lavaca County Texas is a very conservative County and has been getting more conservative since 1992. The last Democrat to win the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976

Presidential Elections Results[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 84.8% 7,347 13.5% 1,170 1.7% 148
2012 81.7% 6,796 17.2% 1,428 1.1% 90
2008 76.3% 6,293 22.7% 1,869 1.0% 86
2004 73.1% 5,974 26.3% 2,152 0.6% 51
2000 70.1% 5,288 28.8% 2,171 1.2% 87
1996 53.9% 3,697 37.6% 2,575 8.5% 583
1992 43.2% 3,362 34.7% 2,700 22.0% 1,714
1988 55.0% 4,377 44.4% 3,531 0.7% 54
1984 67.2% 5,058 32.7% 2,464 0.1% 10
1980 54.2% 3,254 44.6% 2,678 1.1% 67
1976 41.4% 2,466 58.0% 3,458 0.7% 40
1972 69.7% 3,288 30.3% 1,429 0.1% 4
1968 32.0% 1,698 40.7% 2,165 27.3% 1,451
1964 26.8% 1,480 73.1% 4,031 0.1% 6
1960 27.3% 1,507 72.5% 4,002 0.2% 13
1956 50.8% 2,509 48.8% 2,412 0.4% 20
1952 56.6% 3,599 43.2% 2,750 0.2% 12
1948 25.8% 1,165 67.5% 3,046 6.7% 300
1944 19.4% 960 68.7% 3,406 11.9% 589
1940 36.8% 1,412 63.1% 2,419 0.1% 5
1936 15.4% 403 84.1% 2,204 0.5% 13
1932 4.9% 224 94.9% 4,378 0.2% 11
1928 24.3% 911 75.7% 2,842
1924 14.2% 746 62.4% 3,290 23.4% 1,235
1920 3.1% 100 39.1% 1,249 57.8% 1,845
1916 31.6% 936 60.1% 1,784 8.3% 247
1912 12.3% 265 67.5% 1,455 20.2% 435

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 182. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 29°23′N 96°56′W / 29.38°N 96.94°W / 29.38; -96.94