Parker County, Texas
|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 (2,357 km2)|
|• Land||903 sq mi (2,339 km2)|
|• Water||6.6 sq mi (17 km2), 0.7%|
|• Density||129/sq mi (50/km2)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC−6/−5|
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)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2003, 98,495 people, 31,131 households, and 24,313 families resided in the county. The population density was 98 people per square mile (38/km²). The 34,084 housing units averaged 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.17% White, 1.79% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 12.61% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. About 7% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 31,131 households, 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were not families. Around 18.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.11. As of the 2010 census, about 3.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households were in the county.
In the county, the population was distributed as 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $45,497, and for a family was $51,530. Males had a median income of $37,913 versus $25,412 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,305. About 5.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.
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