Childress County, Texas

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Childress County, Texas
Veterans Memorial in Childress IMG 0688.JPG
Veterans Memorial at the Childress County Courthouse in Childress
Map of Texas highlighting Childress County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1887
Named for George Campbell Childress
Seat Childress
Largest city Childress
 • Total 714 sq mi (1,849 km2)
 • Land 696 sq mi (1,803 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (44 km2), 2.4%
 • (2010) 7,041
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 13th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Childress County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 7,041.1 The seat of the county is Childress.2 It is named for George Campbell Childress, the author of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

County and regional history is preserved in the Childress County Heritage Museum in downtown Childress. The Bradley 3 Ranch, operated by matriarch Minnie Lou Bradley, is entirely in Childress County but has a Memphis (Hall County) mailing address.

Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster in Cooke County, has since January 2013 represented Childress County in the Texas House of Representatives.3


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 714 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 696 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.4%) is water.4

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Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 25
1890 1,175 4,600.0%
1900 2,138 82.0%
1910 9,538 346.1%
1920 10,933 14.6%
1930 16,044 46.7%
1940 12,149 −24.3%
1950 12,123 −0.2%
1960 8,421 −30.5%
1970 6,605 −21.6%
1980 6,950 5.2%
1990 5,953 −14.3%
2000 7,688 29.1%
2010 7,041 −8.4%
Est. 2012 7,029 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census5
2012 Estimate1

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 7,688 people, 2,474 households, and 1,650 families residing in the county. The population density was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,059 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 67.70% White, 14.09% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 15.70% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 20.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,474 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 30.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 12.10% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 142.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 149.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,457, and the median income for a family was $35,543. Males had a median income of $25,606 versus $20,037 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,452. About 13.70% of families and 17.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.30% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.


See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "State Rep. Springer announces district tour July 30". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 34°32′N 100°12′W / 34.54°N 100.20°W / 34.54; -100.20

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