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Colorado County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Colorado County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1837
Seat Columbus
Largest City Columbus
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

974 sq mi (2,523 km²)
960 sq mi (2,486 km²)
13 sq mi (34 km²), 1.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

20,874
22/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.colorado.tx.us
Named for: Colorado River

Colorado County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 20,874. Its county seat is Columbus. It is named for the Colorado River of Texas. The county was founded in 1836 and organized the next year.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 974 square miles (2,520 km2), of which 960 square miles (2,500 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10
  • US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90
  • Alternate plate.svg
    US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90 Alternate
  • Texas 71.svg State Highway 71

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,257
1860 7,885 249.4%
1870 8,326 5.6%
1880 16,673 100.3%
1890 19,512 17.0%
1900 22,203 13.8%
1910 18,897 −14.9%
1920 19,013 0.6%
1930 19,129 0.6%
1940 17,812 −6.9%
1950 17,576 −1.3%
1960 18,463 5.0%
1970 17,638 −4.5%
1980 18,823 6.7%
1990 18,383 −2.3%
2000 20,390 10.9%
2010 20,874 2.4%
Est. 2015 20,870 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,390 people, 7,641 households, and 5,402 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 9,431 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 72.79% White, 14.80% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 10.04% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. 19.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,641 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,425, and the median income for a family was $41,388. Males had a median income of $30,063 versus $20,014 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,910. About 12.30% of families and 16.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Ghost Towns


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