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Lubbock County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1891
Seat Lubbock
Largest City Lubbock
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

901 sq mi (2,334 km²)
896 sq mi (2,321 km²)
5.1 sq mi (13 km²), 0.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

299,453
332.36/sq mi (128/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.lubbock.tx.us
Named for: Thomas Saltus Lubbock
Lubbock County Courthouse 1891
The first Lubbock County Courthouse was used from 1891-1916.
Lubbock County Courthouse 1915
The second Lubbock County Courthouse remained open until 1968, though a third courthouse had been built in 1950.

Lubbock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 278,831. Its county seat is Lubbock. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1891. It is named for Thomas Saltus Lubbock, a Confederate colonel and Texas Ranger (some sources give his first name as Thompson).

Lubbock County, along with Crosby County, and Lynn County, is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The Lubbock MSA and Levelland Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA), encompassing only Hockley County, form the larger Lubbock–Levelland Combined Statistical Area (CSA).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 901 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 896 square miles (2,320 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-27.svg Interstate 27
  • US 62.svg US 82.svg U.S. Highway 62/U.S. Highway 82
  • US 84.svg U.S. Highway 84
  • US 87.svg U.S. Highway 87
  • Texas 114.svg State Highway 114
  • Texas Loop 289.svg Loop 289

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 25
1890 33 32.0%
1900 293 787.9%
1910 3,624 1,136.9%
1920 11,096 206.2%
1930 39,104 252.4%
1940 51,782 32.4%
1950 101,048 95.1%
1960 156,271 54.7%
1970 179,295 14.7%
1980 211,651 18.0%
1990 222,636 5.2%
2000 242,628 9.0%
2010 278,831 14.9%
Est. 2015 299,453 7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 242,628 people, 92,516 households, and 60,135 families residing in the county. The population density was 270 people per square mile (104/km²). There were 100,595 housing units at an average density of 112 per square mile (43/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.30% White, 7.67% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 14.15% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. 27.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 92,516 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.20% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.00% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 16.30% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 19.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,198, and the median income for a family was $41,067. Males had a median income of $29,961 versus $21,591 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,323. About 12.00% of families and 17.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.60% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

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Village

Unincorporated communities

Ghost Town


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