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Ellis County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Ellis County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1850
Seat Waxahachie
Largest City Waxahachie
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

952 sq mi (2,466 km²)
936 sq mi (2,424 km²)
16 sq mi (41 km²), 1.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

149,610
160/sq mi (62/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.ellis.tx.us
Named for: Richard Ellis
Waxahachie masonic lodge 2013
Across from the courthouse is the Ellis County Museum.

Ellis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 149,610. The county seat is Waxahachie. The county was founded in 1849 and organized the next year. It is named for Richard Ellis, president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Ellis County is included in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 952 square miles (2,470 km2), of which 935 square miles (2,420 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 989
1860 5,246 430.4%
1870 7,514 43.2%
1880 21,294 183.4%
1890 31,774 49.2%
1900 50,059 57.5%
1910 53,629 7.1%
1920 55,700 3.9%
1930 53,936 −3.2%
1940 47,733 −11.5%
1950 45,645 −4.4%
1960 43,395 −4.9%
1970 46,638 7.5%
1980 59,743 28.1%
1990 85,167 42.6%
2000 111,360 30.8%
2010 149,610 34.3%
Est. 2015 163,632 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 111,360 people, 37,020 households, and 29,653 families residing in the county. The population density was 118 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 39,071 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.63% White, 8.64% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 7.90% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. 18.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 37,020 households out of which 42.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.80% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.90% were non-families. 16.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.31.

A Williams Institute analysis of 2010 census data found there were about 3.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.20% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,350, and the median income for a family was $55,358. Males had a median income of $37,613 versus $26,612 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,212. About 6.80% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

USACE Bardwell Dam and Lake
Bardwell Dam and Lake in Ellis County near the town of Ennis
Ellis County, TX Courts building IMG 5610
Ellis County Courts building

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


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