Seth Ward, Texas

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Seth Ward, Texas
Census-designated place
Location of Seth Ward, Texas
Location of Seth Ward, Texas
Hale County SethWard.svg
Coordinates: 34°12′45″N 101°41′46″W / 34.21250°N 101.69611°W / 34.21250; -101.69611Coordinates: 34°12′45″N 101°41′46″W / 34.21250°N 101.69611°W / 34.21250; -101.69611
Country United States
State Texas
County Hale
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Land 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,373 ft (1,028 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,025
 • Density 903/sq mi (348.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 48-66848[1]
GNIS feature ID 1367965[2]

Seth Ward is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Hale County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,025 at the 2010 census.[3]


It is named for Seth Ward College, which was founded in 1910 by Methodist bishop Seth Ward, who took over Central Plains College and Conservatory of Music (founded in 1907) to form Seth Ward College. The school burned in 1916 and was not rebuilt.[4]

The singer Jimmy Dean spent at least part of his childhood in the community.[5] Dean was to attribute his music interest to the Seth Ward Baptist Church.[6] The Seth Ward connection has prompted some biographies to erroneously say that his birth name was Seth Ward.


Seth Ward is located in northeastern Hale County at 34°12′45″N 101°41′46″W / 34.21250°N 101.69611°W / 34.21250; -101.69611 (34.212421, -101.696088).[7] It is bordered to the southwest by the city of Plainview, the county seat. Interstate 27 passes just north of Seth Ward, with access from Exit 53. I-27 leads north 74 miles (119 km) to Amarillo and south 50 miles (80 km) to Lubbock.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2), all of it land.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,926 people, 586 households, and 467 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,198.7 people per square mile (461.9/km²). There were 693 housing units at an average density of 431.3/sq mi (166.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 60.02% White, 3.63% African American, 1.04% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 32.76% from other races, and 2.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 64.07% of the population.

There were 586 households out of which 48.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.29 and the average family size was 3.69.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 38.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,167, and the median income for a family was $28,000. Males had a median income of $22,152 versus $18,583 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,663. About 19.2% of families and 25.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 44.5% of those age 65 or over.


Seth Ward is served by the Plainview Independent School District.