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Randall County, Texas
Seal of Randall County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Randall County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1889
Seat Canyon
Largest City Amarillo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

922 sq mi (2,388 km²)
912 sq mi (2,362 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 1.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

120,725
132/sq mi (51/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.randallcounty.org
Named for: Horace Randal

Randall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 120,725. Its county seat is Canyon. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1889. It is named for Horace Randal, a Confederate brigadier general killed at the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. The reason the county name differs from his is because the bill creating the county misspelled Randal's name.

Randall County is part of the Amarillo, Texas, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

At one time, the large JA Ranch, founded by Charles Goodnight and John George Adair, which reached into six counties, held acreage in Randall County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 922 square miles (2,390 km2), of which 912 square miles (2,360 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.2%) is covered by water.

Palo Duro Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the United States, is located in Randall County.

Major highways

  • I-27.svg Interstate 27
  • US 60.svg U.S. Highway 60
  • US 87.svg U.S. Highway 87
  • Texas 217.svg State Highway 217
  • Texas Loop 335.svg Loop 335

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 3
1890 187 6,133.3%
1900 963 415.0%
1910 3,312 243.9%
1920 3,675 11.0%
1930 7,071 92.4%
1940 7,185 1.6%
1950 13,774 91.7%
1960 33,913 146.2%
1970 53,885 58.9%
1980 75,062 39.3%
1990 89,673 19.5%
2000 104,312 16.3%
2010 120,725 15.7%
Est. 2015 130,269 7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, 104,312 people, 41,240 households, and 28,785 families resided in the county. The population density was 114 people per square mile (44/km²). The 43,261 housing units averaged 47 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.44% White, 1.50% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.71% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. About 10.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 41,240 households, 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were not families; 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was distributed as 26.10% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,712, and for a family was $52,420. Males had a median income of $36,333 versus $25,358 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,840. About 5.70% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.50% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

Towns

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Coordinates: 34°58′N 101°54′W / 34.97°N 101.90°W / 34.97; -101.90

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