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Jasper County
Jasper County Courthouse
Jasper County Courthouse
Map of Texas highlighting Jasper 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 1837
Named for William Jasper
Seat Jasper
Largest city Jasper
Area
 • Total 970 sq mi (2,500 km2)
 • Land 939 sq mi (2,430 km2)
 • Water 31 sq mi (80 km2)  3.2%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 35,710
 • Density 38/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 36th

Jasper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 35,710. Its county seat is Jasper. The county was created as a municipality in Mexico in 1834, and in 1837 was organized as a county in the Republic of Texas. It is named for William Jasper, an American Revolutionary War hero.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 970 square miles (2,500 km2), of which 939 square miles (2,430 km2) is land and 31 square miles (80 km2) (3.2%) is covered by water.

Major highways

  • US 69.svg U.S. Highway 69
  • US 96.svg U.S. Highway 96
  • US 190.svg U.S. Highway 190
  • Texas 62.svg State Highway 62
  • Texas 63.svg State Highway 63
  • Texas Recreational Road 255.svg Recreational Road 255

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,767
1860 4,037 128.5%
1870 4,218 4.5%
1880 5,779 37.0%
1890 5,592 −3.2%
1900 7,138 27.6%
1910 14,000 96.1%
1920 15,569 11.2%
1930 17,064 9.6%
1940 17,491 2.5%
1950 20,049 14.6%
1960 22,100 10.2%
1970 24,692 11.7%
1980 30,781 24.7%
1990 31,102 1.0%
2000 35,604 14.5%
2010 35,710 0.3%
Est. 2015 35,506 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, 35,604 people, 13,450 households, and 9,966 families resided in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). The 16,576 housing units averaged 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.24% White, 17.81% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.04% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. About 3.89% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 13,450 households, 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 12.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were not families. About 23% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was distributed as 26.50% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,902, and for a family was $35,709. Males had a median income of $31,739 versus $19,119 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,636. About 15.00% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.40% of those under age 18 and 17.80% of those age 65 or over.

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