Wilbarger County, Texas

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Wilbarger County, Texas
Wilbarger courthose.jpg
The Wilbarger County Courthouse was built in 1932 in Vernon
Map of Texas highlighting Wilbarger County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1881
Seat Vernon
Largest city Vernon
Area
 • Total 978 sq mi (2,533 km2)
 • Land 971 sq mi (2,515 km2)
 • Water 7.0 sq mi (18 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • (2010) 13,535
 • Density 14/sq mi (5/km2)
Congressional district 13th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.co.wilbarger.tx.us
"Wilbarger County Remembers", says the veteran's memorial at the courthouse.
Confederate soldier monument at Wilbarger County Courthouse

Wilbarger County (/ˈwɪlbɑːrɡər/ WIL-bar-gər) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,535.[1] The county seat is Vernon.[2] The county was created in 1858 and later organized in 1881.[3] Wilbarger is named for Josiah Pugh Wilbarger and Mathias Wilbarger, two early settlers.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 978 square miles (2,530 km2), of which 971 square miles (2,510 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.7%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880126
18907,0925,528.6%
19005,759−18.8%
191012,000108.4%
192015,11225.9%
193024,57962.6%
194020,474−16.7%
195020,5520.4%
196017,748−13.6%
197015,355−13.5%
198015,9313.8%
199015,121−5.1%
200014,676−2.9%
201013,535−7.8%
Est. 201712,764[5]−5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1850–2010[7] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 14,676 people, 5,537 households, and 3,748 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 6,371 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.17% White, 8.86% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.73% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. 20.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,537 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. In 2000, there were 136 unmarried partner households: 129 heterosexual, 3 same-sex male, and 2 same-sex female.

29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $29,500, and the median income for a family was $38,685. Males had a median income of $26,001 versus $19,620 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,520. About 9.00% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.00% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[9]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 77.1% 3,166 19.7% 809 3.2% 130
2012 74.3% 2,956 24.4% 971 1.3% 53
2008 72.8% 3,283 26.5% 1,196 0.7% 30
2004 73.9% 3,685 25.7% 1,284 0.4% 21
2000 68.6% 3,138 29.6% 1,356 1.8% 83
1996 47.7% 2,037 40.5% 1,730 11.7% 501
1992 36.7% 1,959 36.0% 1,924 27.3% 1,457
1988 54.2% 2,669 45.6% 2,248 0.2% 12
1984 64.2% 3,644 35.5% 2,011 0.3% 18
1980 55.5% 3,031 43.0% 2,347 1.6% 85
1976 39.2% 2,145 59.9% 3,280 0.9% 51
1972 70.4% 3,183 25.2% 1,139 4.4% 197
1968 36.7% 1,909 38.4% 1,996 24.9% 1,293
1964 32.5% 1,539 67.5% 3,200 0.1% 3
1960 54.5% 2,796 45.2% 2,319 0.3% 14
1956 48.6% 2,230 51.2% 2,347 0.2% 10
1952 53.3% 3,019 46.7% 2,646 0.0% 1
1948 13.9% 529 78.0% 2,963 8.1% 308
1944 11.7% 517 76.5% 3,382 11.8% 520
1940 17.6% 697 82.2% 3,249 0.2% 6
1936 8.8% 316 90.8% 3,279 0.5% 18
1932 5.5% 199 94.1% 3,397 0.4% 13
1928 52.3% 1,590 47.6% 1,447 0.1% 3
1924 17.1% 269 77.4% 1,222 5.5% 87
1920 21.7% 335 72.5% 1,118 5.8% 89
1916 6.8% 99 85.1% 1,242 8.1% 118
1912 3.4% 44 76.3% 993 20.3% 264

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 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 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  9. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 

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Coordinates: 34°05′N 99°14′W / 34.08°N 99.24°W / 34.08; -99.24