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Hockley County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Hockley County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1921
Seat Levelland
Largest City Levelland
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

909 sq mi (2,354 km²)
908 sq mi (2,352 km²)
0.2 sq mi (1 km²), 0.02%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

22,935
25/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.hockley.tx.us
Named for: George Washington Hockley

Hockley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 22,935. Its county seat is Levelland. The county was created in 1876, but not organized until 1921. It is named for George Washington Hockley, a secretary of war of the Republic of Texas.

Hockley County comprises the Levelland Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Lubbock–Levelland Combined Statistical Area.

History

Hockley County was formed in 1876 from portions of Bexar and Young Counties. It was named for George Washington Hockley, the commander of artillery in the Battle of San Jacinto and later Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 909 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 908 square miles (2,350 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.02%) is covered by water.

Major highways

  • US 62.svg US 82.svg U.S. Highway 62/U.S. Highway 82
  • US 84.svg U.S. Highway 84
  • US 385.svg U.S. Highway 385
  • Texas 114.svg State Highway 114

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 44
1910 137 211.4%
1920 137 0.0%
1930 9,298 6,686.9%
1940 12,693 36.5%
1950 20,407 60.8%
1960 22,340 9.5%
1970 20,396 −8.7%
1980 23,230 13.9%
1990 24,199 4.2%
2000 22,716 −6.1%
2010 22,935 1.0%
Est. 2015 23,433 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, 22,716 people, 7,994 households, and 6,091 families resided in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). The 9,148 housing units averaged 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.38% White, 3.72% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 18.68% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. About 37.24% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 7,994 households, 38.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were not families, and 21.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the county, the population was distributed as 29.10% under the age of 18, 11.80% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,085, and for a family was $35,288. Males had a median income of $29,735 versus $20,671 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,022. About 14.80% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.10% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

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Unincorporated communities


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