Wilbarger County, Texas

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Wilbarger County
The Wilbarger County Courthouse
Map of Texas highlighting Wilbarger County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°05′N 99°14′W / 34.08°N 99.24°W / 34.08; -99.24
Country United States
State Texas
Founded1881
Named forJosiah Pugh Wilbarger and Mathias Wilbarger
SeatVernon
Largest cityVernon
Area
 • Total978 sq mi (2,530 km2)
 • Land971 sq mi (2,510 km2)
 • Water7.0 sq mi (18 km2)  0.7%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total12,887
 • Density13/sq mi (5.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district13th
Websitewww.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 North Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 12,887.[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 sq mi (2,510 km2) are land and 7.0 sq mi (18 km2) (0.7%) are covered by water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

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%
202012,887−4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850–2010[6] 2010[7] 2020[8]

2020 census[edit]

Wilbarger County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[7] Pop 2020[8] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 8,585 7,012 63.43% 54.41%
Black or African American alone (NH) 1,049 1,013 7.75% 7.86%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 115 96 0.85% 0.74%
Asian alone (NH) 97 566 0.72% 4.39%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 6 0 0.04% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 6 32 0.04% 0.25%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 169 434 1.25% 3.37%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 3,508 3,734 25.92% 28.97%
Total 13,535 12,887 100.00% 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.

2000 Census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, 14,676 people, 5,537 households, and 3,748 families were residing in the county. The population density was 15 people/sq mi (6/km2). The 6,371 housing units averaged 7/sq mi (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.17% White, 8.86% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 9.76% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. About 20.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 5,537 households, 32.20% had children under 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 not families. About 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.48, and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the age distribution was 27.90% under 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 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 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]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Education[edit]

School districts serving sections of the county include:[11]

The county is in the service area of Vernon College.[12]

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Wilbarger County, Texas[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,524 77.90% 956 21.13% 44 0.97%
2016 3,166 77.13% 809 19.71% 130 3.17%
2012 2,956 74.27% 971 24.40% 53 1.33%
2008 3,283 72.81% 1,196 26.52% 30 0.67%
2004 3,685 73.85% 1,284 25.73% 21 0.42%
2000 3,138 68.56% 1,356 29.63% 83 1.81%
1996 2,037 47.73% 1,730 40.53% 501 11.74%
1992 1,959 36.69% 1,924 36.03% 1,457 27.28%
1988 2,669 54.15% 2,248 45.61% 12 0.24%
1984 3,644 64.23% 2,011 35.45% 18 0.32%
1980 3,031 55.48% 2,347 42.96% 85 1.56%
1976 2,145 39.17% 3,280 59.90% 51 0.93%
1972 3,183 70.44% 1,139 25.20% 197 4.36%
1968 1,909 36.73% 1,996 38.40% 1,293 24.87%
1964 1,539 32.45% 3,200 67.48% 3 0.06%
1960 2,796 54.51% 2,319 45.21% 14 0.27%
1956 2,230 48.62% 2,347 51.17% 10 0.22%
1952 3,019 53.28% 2,646 46.70% 1 0.02%
1948 529 13.92% 2,963 77.97% 308 8.11%
1944 517 11.70% 3,382 76.53% 520 11.77%
1940 697 17.64% 3,249 82.21% 6 0.15%
1936 316 8.75% 3,279 90.76% 18 0.50%
1932 199 5.51% 3,397 94.13% 13 0.36%
1928 1,590 52.30% 1,447 47.60% 3 0.10%
1924 269 17.05% 1,222 77.44% 87 5.51%
1920 335 21.73% 1,118 72.50% 89 5.77%
1916 99 6.79% 1,242 85.13% 118 8.09%
1912 44 3.38% 993 76.33% 264 20.29%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wilbarger County, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  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. ^ "Census of Population and Housing from 1790-2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  6. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Wilbarger County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  8. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Wilbarger County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "TSHA | Elliott, TX (Wilbarger County)".
  11. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Wilbarger County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 29, 2022. - Text list
  12. ^ Texas Education Code, Sec. 130.207. VERNON REGIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved August 2, 2018.

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