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Blanco County (/ˈblænk/ BLAN-koh) is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,497.[1] Its county seat is Johnson City.[2] The county is named for the Blanco River which traverses the county. The State of Texas formed Blanco County in 1858 from portions of Burnet, Comal, Gillespie and Hays counties. The city of Blanco served as the county seat from 1858 to 1890, when it was moved to Johnson City.

Blanco County, Texas
Blanco County Courthouse.JPG
The Blanco County Courthouse of 1916 was the first permanent courthouse built after the county seat moved to Johnson City in 1890.
Map of Texas highlighting Blanco County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 12, 1858
Named for Blanco River
Seat Johnson City
Largest city Blanco
Area
 • Total 713 sq mi (1,847 km2)
 • Land 709 sq mi (1,836 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (11 km2), 0.6%
Population
 • (2010) 10,497
 • Density 15/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 21st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.blanco.tx.us

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HistoryEdit

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 713 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 709 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (0.6%) is water.[14]

Blanco County is located in the Hill Country of central Texas, west of Austin and north of San Antonio. Two significant rivers, the Blanco and the Pedernales, flow through the county.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1860 1,281
1870 1,187 −7.3%
1880 3,583 201.9%
1890 4,649 29.8%
1900 4,703 1.2%
1910 4,311 −8.3%
1920 4,063 −5.8%
1930 3,842 −5.4%
1940 4,264 11.0%
1950 3,780 −11.4%
1960 3,657 −3.3%
1970 3,567 −2.5%
1980 4,681 31.2%
1990 5,972 27.6%
2000 8,418 41.0%
2010 10,497 24.7%
Est. 2016 11,392 [15] 8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]
1850–2010[17] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[18] of 2000, there were 8,418 people, 3,303 households, and 2,391 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,031 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.97% White, 0.74% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 5.88% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. 15.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,303 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,369, and the median income for a family was $45,382. Males had a median income of $31,717 versus $21,879 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,721. About 8.10% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

TownEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 74.1% 4,212 21.9% 1,244 4.0% 229
2012 73.2% 3,638 24.5% 1,220 2.3% 115
2008 69.2% 3,418 29.7% 1,467 1.1% 54
2004 71.5% 3,277 27.6% 1,267 0.9% 40
2000 73.7% 2,777 21.5% 811 4.8% 179
1996 57.9% 1,919 31.0% 1,028 11.1% 369
1992 44.1% 1,370 28.7% 891 27.3% 848
1988 61.8% 1,680 37.2% 1,012 1.0% 27
1984 73.4% 1,957 26.3% 700 0.3% 8
1980 62.3% 1,434 34.5% 794 3.2% 73
1976 51.9% 1,015 47.2% 923 0.9% 18
1972 71.7% 1,215 27.1% 460 1.2% 20
1968 42.1% 614 42.6% 620 15.3% 223
1964 19.5% 290 80.4% 1,197 0.1% 1
1960 40.0% 557 59.5% 830 0.5% 7
1956 56.1% 796 43.4% 615 0.5% 7
1952 56.8% 919 43.1% 697 0.1% 2
1948 31.7% 497 63.9% 1,003 4.4% 69
1944 35.3% 533 56.0% 846 8.8% 133
1940 33.2% 520 66.5% 1,042 0.3% 5
1936 22.8% 313 77.0% 1,056 0.2% 3
1932 9.3% 127 90.2% 1,233 0.5% 7
1928 53.3% 615 46.7% 539 0.1% 1
1924 29.4% 317 54.4% 586 16.2% 175
1920 22.1% 378 24.9% 426 52.9% 904
1916 26.6% 235 71.0% 628 2.5% 22
1912 19.3% 126 68.6% 448 12.1% 79

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Ogilvie, Mary H; Leffler, John. "Blanco County". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Comanche Indian Treaty". William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Kelley, Dayton. "Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Round Mountain (Blanco Co)". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Blanco County Courthouse". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LL. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Johnson City, Tx". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Blanco Co Historical Markers". Fort Tours. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Blanco Co State Park". Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Garo, Robert A (1990). The Path to Power. Vintage. p. 400. ISBN 978-0-679-72945-7. 
  12. ^ "C L Browning Ranch". C L Browning Ranch. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Pedernales Falls State Park". Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  16. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  18. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  19. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 30°16′N 98°24′W / 30.27°N 98.40°W / 30.27; -98.40