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Encyclopedia > Wichita County, Texas

Wichita County is a county located in the state of Texas. As of 2000, the population is 131,664. Its county seat is Wichita Falls6.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,639 km˛ (633 mi˛). 1,626 km˛ (628 mi˛) of it is land and 14 km˛ (5 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.85% water.


Adjacent counties

  • Tillman County, Oklahoma (north)
  • Cotton County, Oklahoma (northeast)
  • Clay County (east)
  • Archer County (south)
  • Wilbarger County (west)

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 131,664 people, 48,441 households, and 32,891 families residing in the county. The population density is 81/km˛ (210/mi˛). There are 53,304 housing units at an average density of 33/km˛ (85/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 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 are Hispanic or Latino of any race.


There are 48,441 households out of which 33.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% are married couples living together, 11.90% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% are non-families. 27.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.49 and the average family size is 3.04.


In the county, the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 103.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.40 males.


The median income for a household in the county is $33,780, and the median income for a family is $40,937. Males have a median income of $28,687 versus $21,885 for females. The per capita income for the county is $16,965. 13.20% of the population and 10.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.40% of those under the age of 18 and 9.80% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Cities and towns

  • Burkburnett
  • Electra
  • Iowa Park
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Wichita Falls

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See also: List of Texas counties

  Results from FactBites:
 
Handbook of Texas Online: (2606 words)
Wichita County is in the extreme north central portion of the state, on the Oklahoma border.
Wichita County was established by act of the Texas legislature on February 1, 1858, from the Cooke Land District, and was attached to Clay County for judicial purposes.
Wichita Falls (2002 population, 104,197) continued to be the county's seat of government and largest city, and served as a distribution center for large areas in Texas and Oklahoma.
Wichita Falls, Texas at AllExperts (1270 words)
It is the principal city of the Wichita Falls, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of the city of Wichita Falls, Texas and Archer, Clay and Wichita counties of Texas.
Wichita Falls is the western terminus for Interstate 44 (until Interstate 44 was extended to Wichita Falls in 1987, it had been the largest US city without an Interstate Highway).
The Wichita Falls ISD is one of only a handful of school districts in Texas that does not require its students to attend a particular school in the district based on their residency.
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