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Moore County, Texas
Map

Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1892
Seat Dumas
Largest City Dumas
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

910 sq mi (2,357 km²)
900 sq mi (2,331 km²)
9.9 sq mi (26 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

21,904
24/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.moore.tx.us
Named for: Edwin Ward Moore
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 2010 census, its population was 21,904. 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, TX 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%
Est. 2015 22,255 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,121 people, 6,774 households, and 5,331 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,478 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.93% White, 0.69% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 31.20% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. 47.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,774 households out of which 44.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.10% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.30% were non-families. 18.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the county, the population was spread out with 33.60% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 18.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,852, and the median income for a family was $37,985. Males had a median income of $29,843 versus $19,383 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,214. About 10.10% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.10% of those under age 18 and 10.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated community


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