Randall County, Texas
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About Randall County, TX
Randall County, Texas
Canyon-Texas1RG.jpg
The Randall County Courthouse in 2011
Seal of Randall County, Texas
Seal
Map of Texas highlighting Randall County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1889
Named for Horace Randal
Seat Canyon
Largest city Amarillo
Area
 o Total 922 sq mi (2,388 km2)
 o Land 912 sq mi (2,362 km2)
 o Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.2%
Population
 o (2010) 120,725
 o Density 132/sq mi (51/km²)
Congressional district 13th
Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.randallcounty.org

Randall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 120,725.[1] Its county seat is Canyon.[2] The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1889.[3] It is named for Horace Randal, a Confederate brigadier general killed at the Battle of Jenkins Ferry. The reason the county name differs from his is because the bill creating the county misspelled Randal's name.

Randall County is part of the Amarillo, Texas, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

At one time, the large JA Ranch, founded by Charles Goodnight and John George Adair, which reached into six counties, held acreage in Randall County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 922 square miles (2,390 km2), of which 912 square miles (2,360 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.2%) is covered by water.[4]

Palo Duro Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the United States, is located in Randall County.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[8] of 2000, 104,312 people, 41,240 households, and 28,785 families resided in the county. The population density was 114 people per square mile (44/km²). The 43,261 housing units averaged 47 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.44% White, 1.50% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.71% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. About 10.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 41,240 households, 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were not families; 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was distributed as 26.10% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,712, and for a family was $52,420. Males had a median income of $36,333 versus $25,358 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,840. About 5.70% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.50% of those under age 18 and 6.60% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential Elections Results[9]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 80.0% 43,462 15.4% 8,367 4.6% 2,476
2012 83.4% 41,447 15.2% 7,574 1.4% 675
2008 80.9% 41,948 18.3% 9,468 0.8% 416
2004 83.4% 40,520 16.2% 7,849 0.5% 218
2000 81.2% 33,921 17.3% 7,209 1.6% 660
1996 71.3% 28,266 23.2% 9,177 5.5% 2,184
1992 61.6% 24,971 22.5% 9,119 15.9% 6,447
1988 76.3% 27,986 23.2% 8,492 0.5% 188
1984 83.1% 30,249 16.6% 6,044 0.3% 116
1980 73.7% 23,136 23.3% 7,323 2.9% 923
1976 64.5% 17,115 34.2% 9,074 1.3% 335
1972 83.1% 18,557 15.5% 3,470 1.3% 296
1968 61.3% 11,400 21.8% 4,060 16.8% 3,132
1964 56.5% 7,843 43.3% 6,016 0.2% 22
1960 67.8% 6,958 32.0% 3,282 0.3% 29
1956 62.3% 4,609 37.5% 2,774 0.2% 17
1952 69.3% 4,305 30.7% 1,905 0.1% 4
1948 26.1% 722 69.8% 1,936 4.1% 114
1944 19.3% 409 68.0% 1,439 12.6% 267
1940 17.7% 382 82.3% 1,779 0.1% 1
1936 7.9% 142 91.8% 1,656 0.3% 6
1932 14.1% 231 85.1% 1,394 0.8% 13
1928 52.7% 733 47.3% 659
1924 18.2% 154 74.2% 627 7.6% 64
1920 33.2% 183 65.3% 360 1.5% 8
1916 14.9% 63 80.8% 341 4.3% 18
1912 6.3% 21 81.3% 269 12.4% 41

Although once more Democratic-leaning, the county has become solidly Republican. The Republican candidate has carried the county in every presidential election since 1952, usually by overwhelming margins.[10] In the last five elections, no Republican candidate has received less than 61% of the county's vote,[11] and since 2000, Randall has been the nation's most Republican "metropolitan" county outside of predominantly Mormon counties in Utah.[12]

Randall County was one of the more than 200 counties in Texas to cast the majority of its votes for Republican John McCain. McCain received 41,895 votes, which was 81% of the total, while Democrat Barack Obama received 9,461 votes, or 18% of the total, far below his national percentage.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850-2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  10. ^ Geographie Electionale
  11. ^ The New York Times electoral map (Zoom in on Texas)
  12. ^ '100 Most Republican Counties in 2000 Presidential Election'; The American Statesman, September 17, 2004

External links

Coordinates: 34°58?N 101°54?W / 34.97°N 101.90°W / 34.97; -101.90


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