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Wichita County
The Wichita County Courthouse in downtown Wichita Falls
The Wichita County Courthouse in downtown Wichita Falls
Map of Texas highlighting Wichita County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded February 1, 1882
Seat Wichita Falls
Largest city Wichita Falls
Area
 • Total 633 sq mi (1,640 km2)
 • Land 628 sq mi (1,630 km2)
 • Water 5.3 sq mi (14 km2)  0.8%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 129,350
 • Density 204.34/sq mi (78.90/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 13th

Wichita County ( witch-I-taw) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 129,350. The county seat is Wichita Falls. The county was created in 1858 and organized in 1882. Wichita County is part of the Wichita Falls, Texas, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 633 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 628 square miles (1,630 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) (0.8%) is water. The county is drained by the Wichita River and other streams.

Major highways

  • I-44.svg Interstate 44
  • US 82.svg U.S. Highway 82
  • US 277.svg U.S. Highway 277
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • US 287.svg U.S. Highway 287
  • Texas 25.svg State Highway 25
  • Texas 79.svg State Highway 79
  • Texas 240.svg State Highway 240
  • Texas 258.svg State Highway 258

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 433
1890 4,831 1,015.7%
1900 5,806 20.2%
1910 16,094 177.2%
1920 72,911 353.0%
1930 74,416 2.1%
1940 73,604 −1.1%
1950 98,493 33.8%
1960 123,528 25.4%
1970 120,563 −2.4%
1980 121,082 0.4%
1990 122,378 1.1%
2000 131,664 7.6%
2010 131,500 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2020

2020 census

Wichita County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 90,001 79,694 68.44% 61.61%
Black or African American alone (NH) 13,322 13,379 10.13% 10.34%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 1,087 992 0.83% 0.77%
Asian alone (NH) 2,586 2,647 1.97% 2.05%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 85 140 0.06% 0.11%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 109 476 0.08% 0.37%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 2,451 6,219 1.86% 4.81%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 21,859 25,803 16.62% 19.95%
Total 131,500 129,350 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Communities

Cities

Town

Unincorporated communities

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