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Ector County, Texas

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Ector County
Ector County Courthouse in Odessa
Ector County Courthouse in Odessa
Map of Texas highlighting Ector County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas

Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 31°52′N 102°32′W / 31.87°N 102.54°W / 31.87; -102.54
Country United States
State Texas
Founded1891
Named forMathew Ector
SeatOdessa
Largest cityOdessa
Area
 • Total902 sq mi (2,340 km2)
 • Land898 sq mi (2,330 km2)
 • Water4.1 sq mi (11 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2015)
 • Total159,436
 • Density153/sq mi (59/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district11th
Websitewww.co.ector.tx.us
Ector County Courthouse Administration annex building
Ector County Courthouse Administration annex building

Ector County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2015, its population was 159,436.[1] Its county seat is Odessa.[2] The county was founded in 1887 and organized in 1891.[3] It is named for Mathew Ector,[4] a Confederate general in the American Civil War.

Ector County comprises the Odessa, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Midland–Odessa Combined Statistical Area.

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Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 902 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 898 square miles (2,330 km2) are land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (0.5%) are covered by water.[5] Ector County has an average rainfall of about 14 in per year and a warm, sunny, semiarid climate. Most of the county is relatively flat, with small areas of slightly rolling terrain. The area is known for its stark landscape. The few naturally occurring trees are mostly mesquite trees, which more resemble large bushes.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890224
190038170.1%
19101,178209.2%
1920760−35.5%
19303,958420.8%
194015,051280.3%
195042,102179.7%
196090,995116.1%
197091,8050.9%
1980115,37425.7%
1990118,9343.1%
2000121,1231.8%
2010137,13013.2%
Est. 2017157,087[6]14.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1850–2010[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, 121,123 people, 43,846 households, and 31,700 families resided in the county. The population density was 134 people per square mile (52/km²). The 49,500 housing units averaged 55 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.69% White, 4.61% African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 17.38% from other races, and 2.81% from two or more races. About 42.36% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 43,846 households, 38.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples living together, 13.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were not families. About 24.00% of all households was made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the county, the population was distributed as 30.40% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,152, and for a family was $36,369. Males had a median income of $30,632 versus $21,317 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,031. About 16.10% of families and 18.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.90% of those under age 18 and 14.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

  • Arcade
  • Badger
  • Douro
  • Judkins
  • Metz
  • North Cowden
  • Prairie Home
  • Scharbauer City
  • Smith Chapel
  • Turnbaugh Corner

Politics

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 68.5% 25,020 28.1% 10,249 3.5% 1,261
2012 73.9% 24,010 25.0% 8,118 1.2% 385
2008 73.5% 26,199 25.6% 9,123 0.9% 329
2004 75.7% 27,502 23.6% 8,579 0.6% 229
2000 69.6% 22,893 28.7% 9,425 1.8% 583
1996 54.3% 17,746 36.8% 12,017 8.9% 2,923
1992 50.4% 18,161 30.9% 11,130 18.8% 6,782
1988 67.8% 23,155 31.7% 10,825 0.5% 172
1984 77.4% 31,228 22.1% 8,913 0.5% 201
1980 72.4% 26,188 25.1% 9,069 2.6% 922
1976 62.6% 18,973 35.6% 10,802 1.8% 553
1972 79.3% 21,386 20.2% 5,449 0.5% 125
1968 43.0% 10,557 21.7% 5,312 35.3% 8,671
1964 51.4% 11,497 48.4% 10,826 0.3% 63
1960 53.9% 11,145 43.5% 8,996 2.6% 531
1956 62.4% 8,805 36.2% 5,109 1.4% 194
1952 61.0% 8,259 38.9% 5,270 0.1% 8
1948 20.1% 1,145 75.6% 4,305 4.3% 244
1944 14.0% 432 73.3% 2,265 12.8% 394
1940 13.9% 451 85.9% 2,783 0.2% 5
1936 8.9% 81 89.9% 816 1.2% 11
1932 6.2% 37 89.1% 530 4.7% 28
1928 52.7% 168 47.3% 151
1924 7.7% 12 89.0% 138 3.2% 5
1920 18.4% 23 80.0% 100 1.6% 2
1916 1.6% 2 98.4% 120
1912 3.1% 3 92.7% 89 4.2% 4

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Ector County Profile". Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 114.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-22.

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