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Karnes County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Karnes County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 4, 1854
Seat Karnes City
Largest City Kenedy
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

754 sq mi (1,953 km²)
748 sq mi (1,937 km²)
6.0 sq mi (16 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

14,824
20/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.karnes.tx.us
Named for: Henry Karnes

Karnes County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,824. Its county seat is Karnes City. The county is named for Henry Karnes, a soldier in the Texas Revolution.

The former San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway passed through Karnes County in its connection linking San Antonio with Corpus Christi.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 754 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 748 square miles (1,940 km2) is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 181.svg U.S. Highway 181
  • Texas 72.svg State Highway 72
  • Texas 80.svg State Highway 80
  • Texas 123.svg State Highway 123
  • Texas 239.svg State Highway 239

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,171
1870 1,705 −21.5%
1880 3,270 91.8%
1890 3,637 11.2%
1900 8,681 138.7%
1910 14,942 72.1%
1920 19,049 27.5%
1930 23,316 22.4%
1940 19,248 −17.4%
1950 17,139 −11.0%
1960 14,995 −12.5%
1970 13,462 −10.2%
1980 13,593 1.0%
1990 12,455 −8.4%
2000 15,446 24.0%
2010 14,824 −4.0%
Est. 2015 14,975 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,446 people, 4,454 households, and 3,246 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,479 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.55% White, 10.79% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.43% Asian American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 17.23% of other races, and 2.26% of two or more races. 47.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino American of any race.

There were 4,454 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.60% were married couples living together, 13.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 11.50% from 18 to 24, 34.20% from 25 to 44, 18.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 146.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 162.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,526, and the median income for a family was $30,565. Males had a median income of $27,260 versus $19,367 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,603. About 18.50% of families and 21.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.10% of those under age 18 and 20.50% of those age 65 or over.

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