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Howard County, Texas

Howard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. At the 2010 census, its population was 35,012.[1] Its county seat is Big Spring.[2] The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1882.[3] It is named for Volney E. Howard, a U.S. Congressman from Texas.[4]

Howard County
Howard County Court House in downtown Big Spring
Howard County Court House in downtown Big Spring
Map of Texas highlighting Howard 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°19′N 101°26′W / 32.31°N 101.44°W / 32.31; -101.44
Country United States
State Texas
Founded1882
Named forVolney E. Howard
SeatBig Spring
Largest cityBig Spring
Area
 • Total904 sq mi (2,340 km2)
 • Land901 sq mi (2,330 km2)
 • Water3 sq mi (8 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total35,012
 • Density39/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district19th
Websitewww.co.howard.tx.us
Howard County, TX, line marker IMG 1814.JPG
Howard County Library in Big Spring

Howard County is included in the Big Spring, Texas Micropolitan Statistical Area.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 904 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 901 square miles (2,330 km2) are land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.4%) are covered by water.[5]

Howard County is located at the boundary between the Llano Estacado to the north and the Edwards Plateau to the south. Beals Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River, flows through the center of Big Spring and divides these two major physiographic regions.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
188050
18901,2102,320.0%
19002,528108.9%
19108,881251.3%
19206,962−21.6%
193022,888228.8%
194020,990−8.3%
195026,72227.3%
196040,13950.2%
197037,796−5.8%
198033,142−12.3%
199032,343−2.4%
200033,6274.0%
201035,0124.1%
Est. 201736,040[6]2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1850–2010[8] 2010–2014[1]

Ar the 2000 census,[9] there were 33,627 people, 11,389 households and 7,949 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 per square mile (14/km²). There were 13,589 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.14% White, 4.13% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 12.43% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. 37.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,389 households of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

24.20% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 118.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.50 males.

The median household income was $30,805 and the median family income was $37,262. Males had a median income of $28,971 and females $21,390. The per capita income was $15,027. About 14.50% of families and 18.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.70% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

According to the United States Census Bureau Howard County, Texas has an estimated population of 36,459 as of July 1, 2018. That's a 4.1% increase from the 2010 census. 21.7% of the people are under 18 years old and 12.9% are older than 65 years old. OF the current population, 42.8% are female. In regards to race, 87.8% are white, 7.3% are black and 42.4% are Hispanic. The owner occupied housing rate is at 68.1%, with the median value of owner occupied housing being $85,700. High School graduates make up 82.1% of the population while only 12.9% have a Bachelor's degree or higher. [10]

MediaEdit

The county is served by a daily newspaper, local radio stations KBST (AM), KBST-FM, KBTS (FM), KBYG (AM), nearby stations KBXJ (FM), KPET (AM) and KWDC (FM), and the various Midland and Odessa radio and TV stations.

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

TownsEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Ghost townEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 86.2% 7,516 10.2% 891 3.6% 316
2012 74.2% 6,453 24.3% 2,110 1.5% 132
2008 72.6% 7,029 26.3% 2,545 1.2% 115
2004 73.3% 7,480 26.1% 2,663 0.6% 58
2000 69.8% 6,668 28.7% 2,744 1.4% 136
1996 50.8% 5,007 37.9% 3,732 11.3% 1,118
1992 47.2% 5,129 34.4% 3,735 18.5% 2,009
1988 57.3% 6,024 42.3% 4,445 0.5% 48
1984 64.3% 7,519 35.2% 4,115 0.5% 57
1980 58.9% 6,658 39.4% 4,451 1.8% 203
1976 40.9% 4,899 58.3% 6,984 0.7% 89
1972 72.9% 7,343 26.9% 2,714 0.2% 23
1968 36.3% 3,812 37.1% 3,897 26.6% 2,792
1964 34.9% 3,272 64.9% 6,083 0.1% 12
1960 40.8% 3,403 58.1% 4,844 1.1% 88
1956 40.3% 3,051 59.5% 4,506 0.2% 14
1952 41.6% 3,412 58.3% 4,779 0.1% 11
1948 11.1% 561 82.7% 4,179 6.2% 312
1944 7.7% 334 82.8% 3,588 9.5% 412
1940 7.8% 367 92.1% 4,329 0.2% 7
1936 6.9% 230 92.9% 3,094 0.2% 8
1932 5.2% 149 94.4% 2,733 0.5% 13
1928 54.9% 812 44.9% 665 0.2% 3
1924 12.9% 186 76.0% 1,100 11.1% 161
1920 11.8% 107 77.5% 703 10.7% 97
1916 3.4% 30 85.2% 747 11.4% 100
1912 3.1% 22 75.6% 530 21.3% 149

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 162.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "County Population Totals and Components of Change: 2010-2017". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  10. ^ https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/howardcountytexas
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 25, 2018.

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