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Childress County
Veterans Memorial at the Childress County Courthouse in Childress
Veterans Memorial at the Childress County Courthouse in Childress
Map of Texas highlighting Childress County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1887
Named for George Campbell Childress
Seat Childress
Largest city Childress
Area
 • Total 714 sq mi (1,850 km2)
 • Land 696 sq mi (1,800 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (40 km2)  2.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 6,664
 • Density 9.333/sq mi (3.6036/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 13th

Childress County ( CHIL-driss) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 6,664. The county seat is Childress. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1887. It is named for George Campbell Childress, the author of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

County and regional history is preserved in the Childress County Heritage Museum in downtown Childress. The Bradley 3 Ranch, operated by matriarch Minnie Lou Bradley, is entirely in Childress County, but has a Memphis (Hall County) mailing address.

Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster in Cooke County, has since January 2013 represented Childress County in the Texas House of Representatives.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 714 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 696 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 62.svg U.S. Highway 62
  • US 83.svg U.S. Highway 83
  • US 287.svg U.S. Highway 287
  • Texas 256.svg State Highway 256

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 25
1890 1,175 4,600.0%
1900 2,138 82.0%
1910 9,538 346.1%
1920 10,933 14.6%
1930 16,044 46.7%
1940 12,149 −24.3%
1950 12,123 −0.2%
1960 8,421 −30.5%
1970 6,605 −21.6%
1980 6,950 5.2%
1990 5,953 −14.3%
2000 7,688 29.1%
2010 7,041 −8.4%
2020 6,664 −5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Childress County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 4,327 3,852 61.45% 57.80%
Black or African American alone (NH) 684 572 9.71% 8.58%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 28 20 0.40% 0.30%
Asian alone (NH) 47 51 0.67% 0.77%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 2 2 0.03% 0.03%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 9 16 0.13% 0.24%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 59 209 0.84% 3.14%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,885 1,942 26.77% 29.14%
Total 7,041 6,664 100.00% 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.

Communities

City

Unincorporated communities

See also

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