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Parker County, Texas
Parker courthouse.jpg
The Parker County courthouse in Weatherford
Flag of Parker County, Texas
Flag
Map of Texas highlighting Parker County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded1856
Seat Weatherford
Largest cityWeatherford
Area
 • Total910 sq mi (2,357 km2)
 • Land903 sq mi (2,339 km2)
 • Water6.6 sq mi (17 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • ( 2010)116,927
 • Density129/sq mi (50/km2)
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/ −5
Website www.parkercountytx.com
Confederate soldier statue at Parker County Courthouse

Parker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 116,927. [1] The county seat is Weatherford. [2] The county was created in 1855 and organized the following year. [3] It is named for Isaac Parker, a state legislator who introduced the bill that established the county in 1855. [4] [5]

Parker County is included in the Dallas- Fort Worth- Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 910 square miles (2,400 km2), of which 903 square miles (2,340 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (0.7%) is water. [6] The county is intersected by the Brazos River. [7]

Highest point

Slipdown Mountain and Slipdown Bluff, at a height of 1,368 feet (417 m), are the highest points in Parker County. [8] They are located just east of the Advance community, southwest of Poolville.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18604,213
18704,186−0.6%
188015,870279.1%
189021,68236.6%
190025,82319.1%
191026,3312.0%
192023,382−11.2%
193018,759−19.8%
194020,4829.2%
195021,5285.1%
196022,8806.3%
197033,88848.1%
198044,60931.6%
199064,78545.2%
200088,49536.6%
2010116,92732.1%
Est. 2016129,441 [9]10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [10]
1850–2010 [11] 2010–2014 [1]

As of the census of 2003, there were 98,495 people, 31,131 households, and 24,313 families residing in the county. The population density was 98 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 34,084 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.17% White, 1.79% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 12.61% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 7.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 31,131 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 18.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.11. As of the 2010 census, there were about 3.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county. [12]

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,497, and the median income for a family was $51,530. Males had a median income of $37,913 versus $25,412 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,305. About 5.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Politics

Parker County, like most suburban counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, has been a Republican stronghold for decades. Republicans have held all public offices since 1999 and the county has not voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate since 1976.[ citation needed]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [13]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 81.8% 46,473 14.7% 8,344 3.5% 2,000
2012 82.3% 39,243 16.5% 7,853 1.3% 598
2008 77.1% 36,974 21.9% 10,502 1.0% 475
2004 77.6% 31,795 21.9% 8,966 0.5% 196
2000 71.2% 23,651 26.7% 8,878 2.1% 696
1996 54.3% 14,580 35.2% 9,447 10.5% 2,828
1992 37.5% 10,321 28.9% 7,934 33.6% 9,239
1988 62.0% 14,090 37.5% 8,517 0.5% 116
1984 69.1% 13,647 30.6% 6,050 0.3% 62
1980 52.7% 8,505 45.4% 7,336 1.9% 314
1976 36.2% 4,692 63.1% 8,186 0.7% 91
1972 69.1% 7,152 30.8% 3,184 0.1% 13
1968 33.0% 3,068 46.2% 4,301 20.8% 1,934
1964 29.2% 2,175 70.7% 5,270 0.2% 13
1960 48.5% 3,467 50.8% 3,629 0.7% 52
1956 51.5% 3,390 48.0% 3,165 0.5% 33
1952 50.5% 3,523 49.2% 3,434 0.3% 19
1948 19.8% 806 75.0% 3,061 5.2% 213
1944 12.3% 559 76.9% 3,503 10.8% 493
1940 13.1% 558 86.7% 3,687 0.2% 8
1936 13.0% 375 86.1% 2,493 1.0% 28
1932 10.7% 372 88.3% 3,074 1.0% 36
1928 66.2% 2,178 33.8% 1,110
1924 14.7% 438 80.3% 2,391 5.0% 150
1920 20.6% 488 74.5% 1,765 4.9% 116
1916 7.8% 173 80.7% 1,797 11.5% 257
1912 5.6% 135 70.7% 1,700 23.7% 569

Notable people

  • Orville Bullington, attorney and politician
  • Oliver Loving, Loving-Goodnight Cattle Trail
  • Bose Ikard, trusted cattle driver of Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight
  • Mary Martin, star of stage and screen
  • S.W.T. Lanham, last Confederate governor of Texas
  • Jim Wright, youngest mayor of Weatherford, TX, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Douglas Chandor (1897-1953), international portrait artist [14]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "PARKER COUNTY". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ "PARKER, ISAAC". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Wikisource Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). " Parker". The American Cyclopædia.
  8. ^ "Parker County Highpoint Trip Report". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  12. ^ Where Same-Sex Couples Live, June 26, 2015, retrieved July 6, 2015
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  14. ^ http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fch17

External links


PARKER COUNTY TEXAS Latitude and Longitude:

32°47′N 97°49′W / 32.78°N 97.81°W / 32.78; -97.81