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Montague County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Montague County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1858
Seat Montague
Largest City Bowie
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

938 sq mi (2,429 km²)
931 sq mi (2,411 km²)
7.4 sq mi (19 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

19,719
21/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.montague.tx.us

Montague County (/ˈmɒntæɡ/ MON-tag) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, established in 1857. As of the 2010 census, its population was 19,719. The county seat is Montague. The county was created in 1857 and organized the next year. It is named for Daniel Montague, a surveyor and soldier in the Mexican-American War.

Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster in Cooke County, has since January 2013 represented Montague County in the Texas House of Representatives. He carried the county in the 2012 Republican runoff election.

History

On July 9, 2001, Governor Rick Perry issued a state of disaster for Montague County relating to substantial fires which had ravaged large portions of the county. In later interviews, Governor Perry called the fire "the most vicious" he'd ever seen.

On September 26, 2009, an historical marker on the Chisholm Trail was unveiled at the site of the former community of Red River Station in Montague County. The 5.5-foot concrete marker is the last of twelve erected in Montague County as part of a joint project of the Texas Lakes Trail and the Montague County Historical Commission to outline the Chisholm Trail.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 938 square miles (2,430 km2), of which 931 square miles (2,410 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 849
1870 890 4.8%
1880 11,257 1,164.8%
1890 18,863 67.6%
1900 24,800 31.5%
1910 25,123 1.3%
1920 22,200 −11.6%
1930 19,159 −13.7%
1940 20,442 6.7%
1950 17,070 −16.5%
1960 14,893 −12.8%
1970 15,326 2.9%
1980 17,410 13.6%
1990 17,274 −0.8%
2000 19,117 10.7%
2010 19,719 3.1%
Est. 2015 19,262 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,117 people, 7,770 households, and 5,485 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 9,862 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.95% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.64% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. 5.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,770 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,048, and the median income for a family was $38,226. Males had a median income of $31,585 versus $19,589 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,115. About 10.00% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Major highways

  • US 81.svg U.S. Highway 81
  • US 82.svg U.S. Highway 82
  • US 287.svg U.S. Highway 287
  • Texas 59.svg State Highway 59
  • Texas 101.svg State Highway 101
  • Texas 175.svg State Highway 175

Farm to Market Roads

  • Texas FM 103.svg FM 103
  • Texas FM 174.svg FM 174
  • Texas FM 455.svg FM 455
  • Texas FM 677.svg FM 677
  • Texas FM 730.svg FM 730
  • Texas FM 922.svg FM 922
  • Texas FM 1106.svg FM 1106
  • Texas FM 1125.svg FM 1125
  • Texas FM 1630.svg FM 1630
  • Texas FM 1655.svg FM 1655
  • Texas FM 1749.svg FM 1749
  • Texas FM 1758.svg FM 1758
  • Texas FM 1759.svg FM 1759
  • Texas FM 1806.svg FM 1806
  • Texas FM 1815.svg FM 1815
  • Texas FM 1816.svg FM 1816
  • Texas FM 1956.svg FM 1956
  • Texas FM 2382.svg FM 2382
  • Texas FM 2634.svg FM 2634
  • Texas FM 2849.svg FM 2849
  • Texas FM 2953.svg FM 2953
  • Texas FM 3043.svg FM 3043
  • Texas FM 3301.svg FM 3301
  • Texas FM 3394.svg FM 3394
  • Texas FM 3428.svg FM 3428

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Ghost town

  • Red River Station

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