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Potter County
Potter County District Courts Building in downtown Amarillo
Potter County District Courts Building in downtown Amarillo
Official seal of Potter County
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Map of Texas highlighting Potter County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1887
Named for Robert Potter
Seat Amarillo
Largest city Amarillo
Area
 • Total 922 sq mi (2,390 km2)
 • Land 908 sq mi (2,350 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (40 km2)  1.5%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 121,073
 • Density 133/sq mi (51/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 13th

Potter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 121,073. Its county seat is Amarillo. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1887. It is named for Robert Potter, a politician, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Secretary of the Texas Navy.

Potter County is included in the Amarillo, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 922 square miles (2,390 km2), of which 908 square miles (2,350 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.5%) is water.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 28
1890 849 2,932.1%
1900 1,820 114.4%
1910 12,424 582.6%
1920 16,710 34.5%
1930 46,080 175.8%
1940 54,265 17.8%
1950 73,366 35.2%
1960 115,580 57.5%
1970 90,511 −21.7%
1980 98,637 9.0%
1990 97,874 −0.8%
2000 113,546 16.0%
2010 121,073 6.6%
Est. 2015 121,802 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 113,546 people, 40,760 households, and 27,472 families residing in the county. The population density was 125 people per square mile (48/km²). There were 44,598 housing units at an average density of 49 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.60% White, 9.96% Black or African American, 0.87% Native American, 2.49% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 15.44% from other races, and 2.60% from two or more races. 28.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 40,760 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.40% were married couples living together, 15.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.00% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 19.10% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 100.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,492, and the median income for a family was $35,321. Males had a median income of $26,123 versus $20,275 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,947. About 15.20% of families and 19.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.30% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

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