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Ochiltree County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Ochiltree County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1889
Seat Perryton
Largest City Perryton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

918 sq mi (2,378 km²)
918 sq mi (2,378 km²)
0.5 sq mi (1 km²), 0.06%
 - (2010)
 - Density

11/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: William Beck Ochiltree
"Justice to All Mankind", Perryton, TX IMG 6027
The Ochiltree County Courthouse contains the inscription on one side, "Dedicated to Justice for All Mankind." Click to read.
Cattle grazing Ochiltree County, TX IMG 6050
Cattle grazing in Ochiltree County south of Perryton off U.S. Highway 83

Ochiltree County (/ˈɒkəlˌtr/ OCK-əl-tree) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,223. The county seat is Perryton. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1889. and is named for William Beck Ochiltree, who was the Attorney General of the Republic of Texas. It was previously one of 30 prohibition or entirely dry counties in the state of Texas.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 918 square miles (2,380 km2), of which 918 square miles (2,380 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (0.06%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 83.svg U.S. Highway 83
  • Texas 15.svg State Highway 15
  • Texas 70.svg State Highway 70

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 198
1900 267 34.8%
1910 1,602 500.0%
1920 2,331 45.5%
1930 5,224 124.1%
1940 4,213 −19.4%
1950 6,024 43.0%
1960 9,380 55.7%
1970 9,704 3.5%
1980 9,588 −1.2%
1990 9,128 −4.8%
2000 9,006 −1.3%
2010 10,223 13.5%
Est. 2015 10,747 5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,006 people, 3,261 households, and 2,488 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,769 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.2 percent White, 0.13 percent Black or African American, 0.94 percent Native American, 0.39 percent Asian, 0.01 percent Pacific Islander, 10.28 percent from other races, and 2.04 percent from two or more races. 13.79 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,261 households, of which 40.9 had children under the age of 18, 64 percent were married couples living together, 7.9 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7 percent were non-families. Of unmarried partner households, 89.5 percent were heterosexual, 6.3 percent were same-sex male, and 4.2 percent were same-sex female.

Twenty-one percent of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.6 percent under the age of 18, 8.4 percent from 18 to 24, 28.7 percent from 25 to 44, 20.7 percent from 45 to 64, and 11.7 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,013, and the median income for a family was $45,565. Males had a median income of $31,558 versus $19,890 for females, indicating a relatively high level of income inequality based on gender. The per capita income for the county was $16,707. Thirteen percent of the population and 9.8 percent of families were below the poverty line; 17.9 percent of those under the age of 18 and 8.7 percent of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Those making less than $25,000 per year comprised 32.2 percent of the population, while 1.9 percent made more than $150,000, according to the 2000 census. 17.5 percent of the population made less than $15,000 per year, while 6.06 percent made more than $100,000.




Unincorporated communities

In popular Culture

Ochiltree County is the setting for the Hank the Cowdog series of children's books, in the unincorporated city of Twitchell.

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