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Wichita County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Wichita County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 1, 1882
Seat Wichita Falls
Largest City Wichita Falls
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

633 sq mi (1,639 km²)
628 sq mi (1,627 km²)
5.3 sq mi (14 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

131,500
209/sq mi (81/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.wichita.tx.us

Wichita County (/ˈwɪtɔː/ WITCH-ə-taw) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 131,500. 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%
Est. 2015 131,705 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 131,664 people, 48,441 households, and 32,891 families residing in the county. The population density was 210 people per square mile (81/km²). There were 53,304 housing units at an average density of 85 per square mile (33/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.76% White, 10.23% Black or African American, 0.89% Native American, 1.84% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 5.51% from other races, and 2.68% from two or more races. 12.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 48,441 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. In 2000, there were 1,869 unmarried partner households: 1,677 heterosexual, 94 same-sex male, and 98 same-sex female.

27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% 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 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 13.70% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 19.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 103.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,780, and the median income for a family was $40,937. Males had a median income of $28,687 versus $21,885 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,965. About 10.30% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Town

Unincorporated communities


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