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Dickens County
The Dickens County Courthouse in Dickens
The Dickens County Courthouse in Dickens
Map of Texas highlighting Dickens 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 1891
Seat Dickens
Largest city Spur
Area
 • Total 905 sq mi (2,340 km2)
 • Land 902 sq mi (2,340 km2)
 • Water 3.5 sq mi (9 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,770
 • Density 1.956/sq mi (0.7551/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 13th

Dickens County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 1,770. Its county seat is Dickens. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1891. Both the county and its seat are named for J. Dickens, who died at the Battle of the Alamo.

The Pitchfork Ranch is in Dickens and adjacent King County. It was managed from 1965 to 1986 by Jim Humphreys, who was also affiliated with the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. The Matador Ranch, based in Motley County, once reached into Dickens County.

Dickens County is presently in Texas House of Representatives District 68, represented by Republican David Spiller, an attorney from Jacksboro, since his election on March 9, 2021. In the Texas Senate, Dickens County is presently in District 28, represented by Republican Charles Perry.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 905 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 902 square miles (2,340 km2) is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 82.svgTexas 114.svg U.S. Highway 82 / State Highway 114
  • Texas 70.svg State Highway 70
  • Texas 208.svg State Highway 208

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 28
1890 295 953.6%
1900 1,151 290.2%
1910 3,092 168.6%
1920 5,876 90.0%
1930 8,601 46.4%
1940 7,847 −8.8%
1950 7,177 −8.5%
1960 4,963 −30.8%
1970 3,737 −24.7%
1980 3,539 −5.3%
1990 2,571 −27.4%
2000 2,762 7.4%
2010 2,444 −11.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Dickens County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
  White alone (NH) 1,590 1,178 65.06% 66.55%
  Black or African American alone (NH) 92 18 3.76% 1.02%
  Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 21 0 0.86% 0.00%
Asian alone (NH) 18 1 0.74% 0.06%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 2 0.00% 0.11%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 0 7 0.00% 0.40%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 15 52 0.61% 2.94%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 708 512 28.97% 28.93%
Total 2,444 1,770 100.00% 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

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Notable residents

  • Charles Weldon Cannon, rancher and boot and saddle manufacturer
  • Marshall Formby, attorney, newspaper publisher, radio executive, and politician
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