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Moore County
The Moore County Courthouse in Dumas
The Moore County Courthouse in Dumas
Map of Texas highlighting Moore County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1892
Named for Edwin Ward Moore
Seat Dumas
Largest city Dumas
Area
 • Total 910 sq mi (2,400 km2)
 • Land 900 sq mi (2,000 km2)
 • Water 9.9 sq mi (26 km2)  1.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 21,358
 • Density 23.47/sq mi (9.06/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 13th
Edwin Ware Moore photo IMG 0572
Edwin Ward Moore (1810-1865) as depicted at his namesake Moore County Courthouse

Moore County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 21,358. The county seat is Dumas. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1892. It is named for Edwin Ward Moore, the commander of the Texas Navy. The Dumas micropolitan statistical area includes all of Moore County.

Moore County history is highlighted in the Window on the Plains Museum in Dumas.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 910 square miles (2,400 km2), of which 900 square miles (2,300 km2) is land and 9.9 square miles (26 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Major Highways

  • US 87.svg U.S. Highway 87
  • US 287.svg U.S. Highway 287
  • Texas 152.svg State Highway 152
  • Texas 354.svg State Highway 354

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 15
1900 209 1,293.3%
1910 561 168.4%
1920 571 1.8%
1930 1,555 172.3%
1940 4,461 186.9%
1950 13,349 199.2%
1960 14,773 10.7%
1970 14,060 −4.8%
1980 16,575 17.9%
1990 17,865 7.8%
2000 20,121 12.6%
2010 21,904 8.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Moore County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 8,370 6,499 38.21% 30.43%
Black or African American alone (NH) 287 654 1.31% 3.06%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 107 97 0.49% 0.45%
Asian alone (NH) 1,323 982 6.04% 4.60%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 18 1 0.08% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 61 83 0.28% 0.39%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 196 395 0.89% 1.85%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 11,542 12,647 52.69% 59.21%
Total 21,904 21,358 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated community

Education

School districts:

  • Dumas Independent School District
  • Sanford-Fritch Independent School District
  • Sunray Independent School District

All of the county is in the service area of Amarillo College.

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