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The Milam County Courthouse in Cameron. The Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1977.
The Milam County Courthouse in Cameron. The Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 20, 1977.
Map of Texas highlighting Milam 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 Benjamin Rush Milam
Seat Cameron
Largest city Rockdale
Area
 • Total 1,022 sq mi (2,650 km2)
 • Land 1,017 sq mi (2,630 km2)
 • Water 4.8 sq mi (12 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 24,757
 • Density 24/sq mi (9/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 17th
Milam County, TX, sign IMG 2241

Milam County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 24,757. The county seat is Cameron. The county was created in 1834 as a municipality in Mexico and organized as a county in 1837. Milam County is named for Benjamin Rush Milam, an early settler and a soldier in the Texas Revolution.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,022 square miles (2,650 km2), of which 1,017 square miles (2,630 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (0.5%) is water.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,907
1860 5,175 78.0%
1870 8,984 73.6%
1880 18,659 107.7%
1890 24,773 32.8%
1900 39,666 60.1%
1910 36,780 −7.3%
1920 38,104 3.6%
1930 37,915 −0.5%
1940 33,120 −12.6%
1950 23,585 −28.8%
1960 22,263 −5.6%
1970 20,028 −10.0%
1980 22,732 13.5%
1990 22,946 0.9%
2000 24,238 5.6%
2010 24,757 2.1%
2019 (est.) 24,823 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, 24,238 people, 9,199 households, and 6,595 families were residing in the county. The population density was 24/sq mi (9.3/km2). The 10,866 housing units averaged 11/sq mi (4.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.89% White, 11.05% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 7.71% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. About 18.63% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race. By ancestry, 16.7% were of American, 16.1% German, 7.2% English, and 6.8% Irish according to Census 2000.

Of the 9,199 households, 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 11.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were not families. About 25.90% were single-person households, and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.59, and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the age distribution was 27.50% under 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 24.70% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,186, and for a family was $40,431. Males had a median income of $30,149 versus $20,594 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,920. About 12.20% of families and 15.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.80% of those under age 18 and 15.30% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

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Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Education

Six independent school districts are present in Milam County:

  • Buckholts Independent School District
  • Cameron Independent School District
  • Gause Independent School District
  • Milano Independent School District
  • Rockdale Independent School District
  • Thorndale Independent School District

Four additional districts extend into parts of Milam County, but are based in neighboring counties: Bartlett, Caldwell, Holland, and Rosebud-Lott.

St. Paul Lutheran School[1] in Thorndale, a private institution, serves students from prekindergarten through grade 8.

Temple Junior College District is the designated community college for county residents in Bartlett, Buckholts, Cameron, Rockdale, Rosebud-Lott, and Thorndale ISDs. Blinn College is the designated community college for county residents in Gause, Lexington, and Milano ISDs.

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