Rains County, Texas

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Rains County
The Rains County Courthouse in Emory
The Rains County Courthouse in Emory
Map of Texas highlighting Rains 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°52′N 95°48′W / 32.87°N 95.8°W / 32.87; -95.8
Country United States
State Texas
FoundedJune 9, 1870[1]
Named forEmory Rains
SeatEmory
Largest cityEmory
Area
 • Total259 sq mi (670 km2)
 • Land229 sq mi (590 km2)
 • Water29 sq mi (80 km2)  11%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total12,164
 • Density47/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.co.rains.tx.us

Rains County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 12,164.[2] Its seat is Emory.[3] The county (and county seat) are named for Emory Rains, a Texas state legislator.

In 1970, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Number 10860 was placed in the county courthouse lawn.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 259 square miles (670 km2), of which 229 square miles (590 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (11%) is water.[5] It is the fourth-smallest county in Texas by land area and fifth-smallest by total area.

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18803,035
18903,90928.8%
19006,12756.7%
19106,78710.8%
19208,09919.3%
19307,114−12.2%
19407,3343.1%
19504,266−41.8%
19602,993−29.8%
19703,75225.4%
19804,83929.0%
19906,71538.8%
20009,13936.1%
201010,91419.4%
202012,16411.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1850–2010[7] 2010–2020[8]
Demographic Profile of Rains County, Texas
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[9] Pop 2020[8] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 9,553 10,130 87.53% 83.28%
Black or African American alone (NH) 249 264 2.28% 2.17%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 95 85 0.87% 0.70%
Asian alone (NH) 55 55 0.50% 0.45%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 1 1 0.01% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 0 33 0.00% 0.27%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 122 487 1.12% 4.00%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 839 1,109 7.69% 9.12%
Total 10,914 12,164 100.00% 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.

As of the 2018 estimation,[10] there were 12,159 people, 4,333 households, and 2,680 families residing in the county. By 2020, there were 12,164 people residing in the county.[8] The population density was 53 people per square mile (21/km2). There were 5,411 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km2). Per the 2000 census, the racial makeup of the county was 93.6% White, 2.6% Black, 1.1% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, and 1.6% from two or more races; 9.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,333 households, out of which 28.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.80% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 27.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,308 and the median income for a family was $40,329. Males had a median income of $31,983 versus $21,594 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,936. About 11.40% of families and 17% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.50% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

Rains County is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth DMA. Local media outlets are: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, and KFWD-TV. Other nearby stations that provide coverage for Rains County come from the Tyler/Longview/Jacksonville market and they include: KLTV, KYTX-TV, KFXK-TV, KCEB-TV, and KETK-TV.

Education[edit]

The majority of the county is served by the Rains Independent School District located in Emory.

The far southeastern portion of the county is served by the Alba-Golden Independent School District. The far northwestern corner of the county is served by the Lone Oak Independent School District. A portion of north central Rains County is served by the Miller Grove Independent School District.

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Rains County, Texas[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 5,155 85.16% 842 13.91% 56 0.93%
2016 3,968 84.41% 628 13.36% 105 2.23%
2012 3,279 80.23% 761 18.62% 47 1.15%
2008 3,146 74.27% 1,048 24.74% 42 0.99%
2004 2,998 70.89% 1,213 28.68% 18 0.43%
2000 2,049 61.48% 1,225 36.75% 59 1.77%
1996 1,123 41.09% 1,265 46.29% 345 12.62%
1992 975 32.69% 1,108 37.14% 900 30.17%
1988 1,281 46.82% 1,448 52.92% 7 0.26%
1984 1,560 60.21% 1,027 39.64% 4 0.15%
1980 813 40.21% 1,174 58.06% 35 1.73%
1976 510 27.49% 1,339 72.18% 6 0.32%
1972 865 61.61% 532 37.89% 7 0.50%
1968 340 28.24% 558 46.35% 306 25.42%
1964 272 23.29% 893 76.46% 3 0.26%
1960 401 37.10% 680 62.90% 0 0.00%
1956 427 44.85% 524 55.04% 1 0.11%
1952 500 45.96% 588 54.04% 0 0.00%
1948 111 11.76% 739 78.28% 94 9.96%
1944 137 14.96% 628 68.56% 151 16.48%
1940 251 18.83% 1,080 81.02% 2 0.15%
1936 63 8.50% 676 91.23% 2 0.27%
1932 41 4.16% 937 95.13% 7 0.71%
1928 202 26.90% 544 72.44% 5 0.67%
1924 151 13.75% 899 81.88% 48 4.37%
1920 189 23.95% 462 58.56% 138 17.49%
1916 71 8.17% 509 58.57% 289 33.26%
1912 67 8.72% 444 57.81% 257 33.46%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ R., DAVIS, STEVEN (June 15, 2010). "RAINS COUNTY". www.tshaonline.org. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rains County, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Rains County - Emory, Rains County, Texas". Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing from 1790". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Rains County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Rains County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rains County, Texas at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 32°52′N 95°48′W / 32.87°N 95.80°W / 32.87; -95.80