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Delta County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Delta County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1870
Seat Cooper
Largest City Cooper
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

278 sq mi (720 km²)
257 sq mi (666 km²)
21 sq mi (54 km²), 7.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

5,231
20/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.deltacountytx.com

Delta County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,231. Its county seat and largest city is Cooper. The county was founded in 1870 and is named for its triangular shape, much like the Greek letter delta.

Two forks of the Sulphur River form its northern and southern boundaries, and meet at its easternmost point. Delta County is one of 19 prohibition, or entirely dry, counties in the state of Texas. As of 2015, Delta county is no longer a dry county.

Delta County is represented in the Texas House of Representatives by Republican Larry Phillips of Sherman, Texas.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 278 square miles (720 km2), of which 257 square miles (670 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (7.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • Texas 19.svg State Highway 19
  • Texas 24.svg State Highway 24
  • Texas 154.svg State Highway 154

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 5,597
1890 9,117 62.9%
1900 15,249 67.3%
1910 14,566 −4.5%
1920 15,887 9.1%
1930 13,138 −17.3%
1940 12,858 −2.1%
1950 8,964 −30.3%
1960 5,860 −34.6%
1970 4,927 −15.9%
1980 4,839 −1.8%
1990 4,857 0.4%
2000 5,327 9.7%
2010 5,231 −1.8%
Est. 2015 5,217 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,506 people, 2,094 households, and 1,461 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 2,410 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.93% White, 8.28% Black or African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. About 3.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,094 households, of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were nonfamilies. About 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,094, and the median income for a family was $37,925. Males had a median income of $31,597 versus $20,296 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,080. About 14.60% of families and 17.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.50% of those under age 18 and 20.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Ghost Town

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