Parker County, Texas
The Parker County courthouse in Weatherford
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
|• Total||910 sq mi (2,400 km2)|
|• Land||903 sq mi (2,340 km2)|
|• Water||6.6 sq mi (17 km2) 0.7%%|
|• Density||129/sq mi (50/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Parker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 116,927. The county seat is Weatherford. The county was created in 1855 and organized the following year. It is named for Isaac Parker, a state legislator who introduced the bill that established the county in 1855.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 910 square miles (2,400 km2), of which 903 square miles (2,340 km2) are land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (0.7%) are covered by water. The county is intersected by the Brazos River.
- Wise County (north)
- Tarrant County (east)
- Johnson County (southeast)
- Hood County (south)
- Palo Pinto County (west)
- Jack County (northwest)
- The following demographics have been provided by the Parker County Economic Development Council which is a 501(c)(6) business league. We are dedicated to the retention of our current businesses and aide in managing the incoming businesses. For more information following the link http://parkercountyedc.com/ we are here to help inform our community!
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2019, 136,506 people, 48,346 households, and 37,416 families resided in the county. The population density is 150 people per square mile. The 48,346 housing units averaged 53 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county is 90.32% White, 1.80% African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.02% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races.
In the county, the population was distributed as 26.55% under the age of 19, 11.63% from 20 to 29, 24.74% from 30 to 49, 21% from 50 to 64, and 16.08% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. the female population is 50.24% to 49.76% male.
The median income for a household in the county is $78,309. Males had a median income of $37,913 versus $25,412 for females. 79.90% of the population are home owners and 20.10% are renters with 94.76 housing units being occupied.
Cities (multiple counties)
- Azle (mostly in Tarrant County)
- Cresson (partly in Hood and Johnson Counties)
- Fort Worth (mostly in Tarrant County, with small parts in Denton, Wise, and Parker Counties)
- Mineral Wells (mostly in Palo Pinto County)
- Reno (small part in Tarrant County)
Parker County, like most suburban counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, has been a Republican stronghold for decades. Republicans have held all public offices since 1999 and the county has not voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate since 1976.
- Orville Bullington, attorney and politician
- Oliver Loving, Loving-Goodnight Cattle Trail
- Bose Ikard, trusted cattle driver of Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight
- Mary Martin, star of stage and screen
- S.W.T. Lanham, last Confederate governor of Texas
- Jim Wright, youngest mayor of Weatherford, TX, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Douglas Chandor (1897-1953), international portrait artist 
- List of museums in North Texas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Parker County, Texas
- Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Parker County
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- Parker County government's website
- The Parker County Poor Farm
- Historic photos from the Weatherford College Library, hosted by the Portal to Texas History
- Parker County in Handbook of Texas Online