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Hopkins County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Hopkins County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1846
Seat Sulphur Springs
Largest City Sulphur Springs
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

793 sq mi (2,054 km²)
767 sq mi (1,987 km²)
26 sq mi (67 km²), 3.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

35,161
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.hopkinscountytx.org

Hopkins County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 35,161. Its county seat is Sulphur Springs. Hopkins County is named for the family of David Hopkins, an early settler in the area.

Hopkins County comprises the Sulphur Springs, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Combined Statistical Area.

Hopkins County was once known as the Dairy Capital of Texas. Although Dairy Farms declined in the area in the late 1990s there are still a number of dairy farms located there today. The Southwest Dairy Museum is located in Sulphur Springs.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 793 square miles (2,050 km2), of which 767 square miles (1,990 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (3.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-30.svg Interstate 30
  • US 67.svg U.S. Highway 67
  • Texas 11.svg State Highway 11
  • Texas 19.svg State Highway 19
  • Texas 154.svg State Highway 154
  • Texas Loop 301.svg State Loop 301

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,623
1860 7,745 195.3%
1870 12,651 63.3%
1880 15,461 22.2%
1890 20,572 33.1%
1900 27,950 35.9%
1910 31,038 11.0%
1920 34,791 12.1%
1930 29,410 −15.5%
1940 30,264 2.9%
1950 23,490 −22.4%
1960 18,594 −20.8%
1970 20,710 11.4%
1980 25,247 21.9%
1990 28,833 14.2%
2000 31,960 10.8%
2010 35,161 10.0%
Est. 2015 36,223 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,960 people, 12,286 households, and 8,882 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 14,020 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.11% White, 7.99% Black or African-American, 0.68% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.55% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 9.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,286 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% 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 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,136, and the median income for a family was $38,580. Males had a median income of $30,377 versus $20,751 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,182. About 11.30% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 14.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

1921 Locust yearbook p. 152 (Hopkins County Club)
The Hopkins County Club at East Texas State Normal College in 1921

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


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