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Jim Wells County
The Jim Wells County Courthouse in Alice
The Jim Wells County Courthouse in Alice
Map of Texas highlighting Jim Wells County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1911
Named for James Babbage Wells Jr.
Seat Alice
Largest city Alice
 • Total 868 sq mi (2,250 km2)
 • Land 865 sq mi (2,240 km2)
 • Water 3.4 sq mi (9 km2)  0.4%%
 • Total 40,838
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 34th

Jim Wells County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,838. Its county seat is Alice. The county was founded in 1911 and is named for James B. Wells, Jr. (1850-1923), for three decades a judge and Democratic Party political boss in South Texas.

Jim Wells County comprises the Alice, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, TX Combined Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 868 square miles (2,250 km2), of which 865 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
    • I-69C.svg The future route of Interstate 69C is planned to follow the current route of U.S. 281 in most places.
  • Texas 44.svg State Highway 44
  • Texas 141.svg State Highway 141
  • Texas 359.svg State Highway 359
  • Texas FM 624.svg Farm to Market Road 624
  • Texas FM 665.svg Farm to Market Road 665
  • Texas FM 716.svg Farm to Market Road 716
  • Texas FM 2295.svg Farm to Market Road 2295

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 6,587
1930 13,456 104.3%
1940 20,239 50.4%
1950 27,991 38.3%
1960 34,548 23.4%
1970 33,032 −4.4%
1980 36,498 10.5%
1990 37,679 3.2%
2000 39,326 4.4%
2010 40,838 3.8%
2019 (est.) 40,482 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

At the 2000 census, there were 39,326 people, 12,961 households and 10,096 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 per square mile (18/km2). There were 14,819 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 77.90% White, 0.60% Black or African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 17.93% from other races, and 2.43% from two or more races. 75.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,961 households, of which 40.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 15.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.10% were non-families. 19.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.45.

Age distribution was 31.40% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median household income was $28,843, and the median family income was $32,616. Males had a median income of $30,266 versus $17,190 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,252. About 20.10% of families and 24.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.80% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


School districts in the county include:

  • Agua Dulce Independent School District
  • Alice Independent School District
  • Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco Independent School District
  • La Gloria Independent School District
  • Orange Grove Independent School District
  • Premont Independent School District
  • San Diego Independent School District

Coastal Bend College (formerly Bee County College) is the designated community college for the county.

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