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Lamb County
Lamb County Courthouse in Littlefield
Lamb County Courthouse in Littlefield
Map of Texas highlighting Lamb County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1908
Named for George A. Lamb
Seat Littlefield
Largest city Littlefield
 • Total 1,018 sq mi (2,640 km2)
 • Land 1,016 sq mi (2,630 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%%
 • Total 13,977
 • Density 14/sq mi (5/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 19th

Lamb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 13,977. Its county seat is Littlefield. The county was created in 1876, but not organized until 1908. It is named for George A. Lamb, who died in the Battle of San Jacinto.

Lamb County was the home of the Texas House Speaker Bill W. Clayton, who served from 1975 until 1983. It is also the birthplace of country music singer Waylon Jennings.


Lamb County was formed in 1876 from portions of Bexar County. It was named after George A. Lamb, a soldier in the Battle of San Jacinto.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,018 square miles (2,640 km2), of which 1,016 square miles (2,630 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4
1900 31 675.0%
1910 540 1,641.9%
1920 1,175 117.6%
1930 17,452 1,385.3%
1940 17,606 0.9%
1950 20,015 13.7%
1960 21,896 9.4%
1970 17,770 −18.8%
1980 18,669 5.1%
1990 15,072 −19.3%
2000 14,709 −2.4%
2010 13,977 −5.0%
2019 (est.) 12,893 −7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, 14,709 people, 5,360 households, and 3,991 families resided in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km2). The 6,294 housing units averaged 6 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 76.1% White, 4.3% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, less than 0.05% Pacific Islander, 16.9% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. About 43.5% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 5,360 households, 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were not families. About 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the county, the population was distributed as 29.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,898, and for a family was $31,833. Males had a median income of $36,434 versus $30,342 for females. The per capita income for the county was $30,169. About 18.0% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.3% of those under age 18 and 15.3% of those age 65 or over.


Major highways


Littlefield Municipal Airport is located in Lamb County, three nautical miles (6 km) west of the central business district of Littlefield, Texas.




Census-designated place

Unincorporated community


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