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Parker County, Texas
Map

Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1856
Seat Weatherford
Largest City Weatherford
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

910 sq mi (2,357 km²)
903 sq mi (2,339 km²)
6.6 sq mi (17 km²), 0.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

116,927
129/sq mi (50/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.parkercountytx.com
Confederate soldier statue at Parker County, TX, Courthouse IMG 6471
Confederate soldier statue at Parker County Courthouse

Parker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 116,927. The county seat is Weatherford. The county was created in 1855 and organized the following year. It is named for Isaac Parker, a state legislator who introduced the bill that established the county in 1855.

Parker County is included in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 910 square miles (2,400 km2), of which 903 square miles (2,340 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (0.7%) is water. The county is intersected by the Brazos River.

Highest point

Slipdown Mountain and Slipdown Bluff, at a height of 1,368 feet (417 m), are the highest points in Parker County. They are located just east of the Advance community, southwest of Poolville.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 4,213
1870 4,186 −0.6%
1880 15,870 279.1%
1890 21,682 36.6%
1900 25,823 19.1%
1910 26,331 2.0%
1920 23,382 −11.2%
1930 18,759 −19.8%
1940 20,482 9.2%
1950 21,528 5.1%
1960 22,880 6.3%
1970 33,888 48.1%
1980 44,609 31.6%
1990 64,785 45.2%
2000 88,495 36.6%
2010 116,927 32.1%
Est. 2015 126,042 7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2003, there were 98,495 people, 31,131 households, and 24,313 families residing in the county. The population density was 98 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 34,084 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.17% White, 1.79% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 12.61% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 7.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 31,131 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 18.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.11. As of the 2010 census, there were about 3.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 104.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,497, and the median income for a family was $51,530. Males had a median income of $37,913 versus $25,412 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,305. About 5.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

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Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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