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Wilbarger County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Wilbarger County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1881
Seat Vernon
Largest City Vernon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

978 sq mi (2,533 km²)
971 sq mi (2,515 km²)
7.0 sq mi (18 km²), 0.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

13,535
14/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.wilbarger.tx.us
Wilbarger County, TX, Veterans' Memorial Picture 2205
"Wilbarger County Remembers", says the veteran's memorial at the courthouse.
Confederate soldier, Wilbarger County Courthouse, Vernon, TX Picture 2204
Confederate soldier monument at Wilbarger County Courthouse

Wilbarger County (/ˈwɪlbɑːrɡər/ WILL-bar-gur) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,535. The county seat is Vernon. The county was created in 1858 and later organized in 1881. Wilbarger is named for Josiah Pugh Wilbarger and Mathias Wilbarger, two early settlers.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 978 square miles (2,530 km2), of which 971 square miles (2,510 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 70.svg U.S. Highway 70
  • US 183.svg U.S. Highway 183
  • US 283.svg U.S. Highway 283
  • US 287.svg U.S. Highway 287

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 126
1890 7,092 5,528.6%
1900 5,759 −18.8%
1910 12,000 108.4%
1920 15,112 25.9%
1930 24,579 62.6%
1940 20,474 −16.7%
1950 20,552 0.4%
1960 17,748 −13.6%
1970 15,355 −13.5%
1980 15,931 3.8%
1990 15,121 −5.1%
2000 14,676 −2.9%
2010 13,535 −7.8%
Est. 2015 13,027 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,676 people, 5,537 households, and 3,748 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 6,371 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.17% White, 8.86% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.73% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. 20.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,537 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. In 2000, there were 136 unmarried partner households: 129 heterosexual, 3 same-sex male, and 2 same-sex female.

29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $29,500, and the median income for a family was $38,685. Males had a median income of $26,001 versus $19,620 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,520. About 9.00% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.00% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Unincorporated communities


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