Ellis County, Texas
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About Ellis County, TX
Ellis County, Texas
Waxahachie Front.jpg
The Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie
Map of Texas highlighting Ellis County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1850
Named for Richard Ellis
Seat Waxahachie
Largest city Waxahachie
Area
 o Total 952 sq mi (2,466 km2)
 o Land 936 sq mi (2,424 km2)
 o Water 16 sq mi (41 km2), 1.7%
Population
 o (2010) 149,610
 o Density 160/sq mi (62/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.ellis.tx.us
Across from the courthouse is the Ellis County Museum.

Ellis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 149,610.[1] The county seat is Waxahachie.[2] The county was founded in 1849 and organized the next year.[3] It is named for Richard Ellis,[4] president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Ellis 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 952 square miles (2,470 km2), of which 935 square miles (2,420 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (1.7%) is water.[5]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 111,360 people, 37,020 households, and 29,653 families residing in the county. The population density was 118 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 39,071 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.63% White, 8.64% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 7.90% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. 18.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 37,020 households out of which 42.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.80% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.90% were non-families. 16.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.31.

A Williams Institute analysis of 2010 census data found there were about 3.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.[10]

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.20% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,350, and the median income for a family was $55,358. Males had a median income of $37,613 versus $26,612 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,212. About 6.80% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 70.1% 44,941 25.4% 16,253 4.6% 2,916
2012 72.9% 39,574 25.6% 13,881 1.5% 799
2008 70.7% 38,078 28.5% 15,333 0.8% 442
2004 74.5% 34,602 25.1% 11,640 0.4% 202
2000 69.9% 26,091 28.5% 10,629 1.6% 587
1996 53.9% 16,046 36.4% 10,832 9.7% 2,888
1992 40.5% 13,564 28.5% 9,537 31.0% 10,394
1988 59.2% 16,422 40.3% 11,169 0.6% 158
1984 67.6% 16,873 32.2% 8,029 0.3% 72
1980 51.3% 10,046 47.1% 9,219 1.6% 315
1976 41.0% 6,996 58.6% 9,991 0.4% 68
1972 69.5% 8,779 30.4% 3,839 0.1% 8
1968 31.4% 3,794 45.0% 5,431 23.6% 2,842
1964 27.6% 2,779 72.3% 7,278 0.1% 5
1960 38.4% 3,666 61.2% 5,841 0.4% 36
1956 40.7% 3,585 59.1% 5,211 0.3% 24
1952 39.9% 4,183 59.9% 6,275 0.2% 24
1948 13.8% 1,055 75.6% 5,792 10.7% 818
1944 8.0% 666 85.1% 7,065 6.9% 573
1940 8.1% 692 91.9% 7,881 0.1% 5
1936 5.3% 319 94.5% 5,644 0.2% 12
1932 6.9% 527 92.5% 7,033 0.6% 44
1928 44.7% 3,569 55.1% 4,399 0.2% 13
1924 13.5% 1,220 84.9% 7,678 1.6% 142
1920 14.0% 819 69.7% 4,081 16.3% 957
1916 6.3% 324 92.0% 4,718 1.7% 85
1912 7.4% 293 88.2% 3,483 4.3% 171

Ellis is a staunchly Republican county in presidential elections. The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976, and since 2000, Republican presidential candidates have won with more than two-thirds of the vote.

Media

Ellis County is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Television media market in North Central Texas. Local News media outlets are: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, KFWD-TV, and KDTX-TV.

Communities

Bardwell Dam and Lake in Ellis County near the town of Ennis
Ellis County Courts building

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Notable people

  • Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde
  • J. D. Grey, clergyman, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis, 1931-1934; later president of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Ernest Tubb, country singer and songwriter
  • Donnie Fleeman professional light-heavyweight boxer, only Ellis County native to fight 3 world champion heavyweights; Sonny Liston, Ezzard Charles, and Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay). 47 national/international fights in his professional career. 37 wins, 22 KOs. Won State Heavyweight Title (Golden Gloves) in 1953 - contender for National Heavyweight Title, but lost to Sonny Liston. Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) was Fleeman's last professional fight, and took place in Miami, FL in 1961. This was Clay's 5th professional fight. [1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 117. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850-2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ Where Same-Sex Couples Live, June 26, 2015, retrieved 2015 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External links

Coordinates: 32°21?N 96°47?W / 32.35°N 96.79°W / 32.35; -96.79


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