Milam County, Texas

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Milam County
The Milam County Courthouse in Cameron. The Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1977.
The Milam County Courthouse in Cameron. The Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1977.
Map of Texas highlighting Milam County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 30°47′N 96°59′W / 30.79°N 96.98°W / 30.79; -96.98
Country United States
State Texas
Founded1837
Named forBenjamin Rush Milam
SeatCameron
Largest cityRockdale
Area
 • Total1,022 sq mi (2,650 km2)
 • Land1,017 sq mi (2,630 km2)
 • Water4.8 sq mi (12 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total24,757
 • Density24/sq mi (9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district17th
Websitewww.milamcounty.net
Milam County, TX, sign IMG 2241.JPG

Milam County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 24,757.[1] The county seat is Cameron.[2] The county was created in 1834 as a municipality in Mexico and organized as a county in 1837.[3][4] Milam County is named for Benjamin Rush Milam , an early settler and a soldier in the Texas Revolution.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,022 square miles (2,650 km2), of which 1,017 sq mi (2,630 km2) are land and 4.8 sq mi (12 km2) (0.5%) are covered by water.[6]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18502,907
18605,17578.0%
18708,98473.6%
188018,659107.7%
189024,77332.8%
190039,66660.1%
191036,780−7.3%
192038,1043.6%
193037,915−0.5%
194033,120−12.6%
195023,585−28.8%
196022,263−5.6%
197020,028−10.0%
198022,73213.5%
199022,9460.9%
200024,2385.6%
201024,7572.1%
2019 (est.)24,823[7]0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1850–2010[9] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, 24,238 people, 9,199 households, and 6,595 families were residing in the county. The population density was 24/sq mi (9.3/km2). The 10,866 housing units averaged 11/sq mi (4.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.89% White, 11.05% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 7.71% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. About 18.63% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race. By ancestry, 16.7% were of American, 16.1% German, 7.2% English, and 6.8% Irish according to Census 2000.

Of the 9,199 households, 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 11.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were not families. About 25.90% were single-person households, and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.59, and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the age distribution was 27.50% under 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,186, and for a family was $40,431. Males had a median income of $30,149 versus $20,594 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,920. About 12.20% of families and 15.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.80% of those under age 18 and 15.30% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Six independent school districts are present in Milam County:

Four additional districts extend into parts of Milam County, but are based in neighboring counties: Bartlett, Caldwell, Holland, and Rosebud-Lott.

St. Paul Lutheran School[1] in Thorndale, a private institution, serves students from prekindergarten through grade 8.

Temple Junior College District is the designated community college for county residents in Bartlett, Buckholts, Cameron, Rockdale, Rosebud-Lott, and Thorndale ISDs. Blinn College is the designated community college for county residents in Gause, Lexington, and Milano ISDs.[11]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 75.5% 7,984 23.6% 2,496 0.9% 98
2016 73.5% 6,364 23.7% 2,051 2.9% 249
2012 66.6% 5,481 32.0% 2,636 1.4% 113
2008 62.4% 5,217 36.4% 3,044 1.2% 96
2004 60.2% 5,291 39.2% 3,445 0.5% 47
2000 56.9% 4,706 41.5% 3,429 1.6% 134
1996 39.9% 3,019 51.1% 3,869 9.0% 679
1992 32.3% 2,414 47.4% 3,542 20.3% 1,512
1988 41.8% 3,512 57.9% 4,865 0.2% 19
1984 53.9% 4,384 45.9% 3,734 0.3% 22
1980 42.6% 3,251 55.5% 4,230 1.9% 146
1976 32.9% 2,404 66.6% 4,871 0.6% 40
1972 62.1% 3,554 37.8% 2,159 0.1% 6
1968 25.2% 1,614 51.0% 3,269 23.8% 1,526
1964 23.4% 1,334 76.5% 4,368 0.1% 7
1960 34.2% 1,898 65.5% 3,640 0.3% 18
1956 45.5% 2,486 54.3% 2,969 0.2% 11
1952 43.9% 2,539 55.9% 3,227 0.2% 12
1948 15.1% 646 76.0% 3,261 9.0% 385
1944 12.5% 623 71.1% 3,537 16.4% 814
1940 21.3% 1,110 78.4% 4,083 0.3% 16
1936 6.6% 288 93.0% 4,077 0.4% 18
1932 5.3% 264 94.2% 4,676 0.5% 23
1928 30.9% 1,270 69.1% 2,842 0.1% 4
1924 14.7% 930 80.3% 5,087 5.0% 317
1920 7.7% 371 53.8% 2,598 38.5% 1,859
1916 19.2% 576 73.1% 2,198 7.8% 234
1912 8.8% 244 69.6% 1,939 21.7% 604

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 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 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Milam County". Texas Almanac. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 207.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  11. ^ Texas Education Code Sec. 130.168. BLINN JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA. Sec. 130.202. TEMPLE JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA.
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 7 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 30°47′24″N 96°58′48″W / 30.79000°N 96.98000°W / 30.79000; -96.98000