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Jim Wells County, Texas

Jim Wells County, Texas
The Jim Wells County Courthouse in Alice
Map of Texas highlighting Jim Wells County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1911
Named for James Babbage Wells Jr.
Seat Alice
Largest city Alice
Area
 • Total 868 sq mi (2,248 km2)
 • Land 865 sq mi (2,240 km2)
 • Water 3.4 sq mi (9 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 40,838
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 34th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.tx.jim-wells.cowww

Jim Wells County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,838.[1] Its county seat is Alice.[2] The county was found in 1911[3] and is named for James B. Wells, Jr. (1850-1923), for three decades a judge and Democratic Party political boss in South Texas.

Jim Wells County comprises the Alice, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, TX Combined Statistical Area.

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Government and politics 3
    • 1948 U.S. Senate election 3.1
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Village 4.2
    • Census-designated places 4.3
    • Unincorporated communities 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 868 square miles (2,250 km2), of which 865 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

At the 2000 census,[8] there were 39,326 people, 12,961 households and 10,096 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 per square mile (18/km²). There were 14,819 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.90% White, 0.60% Black or African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 17.93% from other races, and 2.43% from two or more races. 75.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,961 households of which 40.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 15.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.10% were non-families. 19.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.45.

Age distribution was 31.40% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median household income was $28,843, and the median family income was $32,616. Males had a median income of $30,266 versus $17,190 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,252. About 20.10% of families and 24.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.80% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

During the John Kerry. Kerry received 6,824 votes to 5,808 for Bush.

1948 U.S. Senate election

Jim Wells County is known as the home of "Box 13", the infamous ballot box which gave Lyndon Baines Johnson an 86-vote edge over popular former governor Coke Stevenson in the Democratic primary election. It was later demonstrated that these 200 votes were "stuffed" into the ballot box after the polls had closed.[9] Johnson went on to win the election.

Communities

Cities

Village

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.  
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  9. ^  

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