Brooks County, Texas
|Brooks County, Texas|
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|• Total||944 sq mi (2,445 km2)|
|• Land||943 sq mi (2,442 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2), 0.03%|
|• Density||8/sq mi (3/km²)|
Brooks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population is 7,223.1 Its county seat is Falfurrias2. Brooks is named for James Abijah Brooks, a Texas Ranger and legislator.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 944 square miles (2,444.9 km2), of which 943 square miles (2,442.4 km2) is land and 0 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.03%) is water.
- Jim Wells County (north)
- Kleberg County (northeast)
- Kenedy County (east)
- Hidalgo County (south)
- Starr County (southwest)
- Jim Hogg County (west)
- Duval County (northwest)
Texas Almanac: 1850-20104
As of the census5 of 2000, there were 7,976 people, 2,711 households, and 2,079 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,203 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.84% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 21.58% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. 91.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,711 households out of which 38.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 19.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.30% were non-families. 21.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.38.
In the county, the population was spread out with 31.60% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 23.40% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $18,622, and the median income for a family was $22,473. Males had a median income of $23,051 versus $16,103 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,234. About 36.90% of families and 40.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.70% of those under age 18 and 30.40% of those age 65 or over.
While the state of Texas is a stronghold of the Republican Party, Brooks County has never voted for a Republican Presidential candidate since its creation in 1911. In the 2004 presidential election, the county gave 1,820 votes to Democratic candidate John Kerry to 844 for Republican George W. Bush.
- Brooks County Courthouse
- List of museums in the Texas Gulf Coast
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Brooks County, Texas
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- U.S. Decennial Census
- Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Brooks County in Handbook of Texas Online.
- Brooks County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties
||Duval County||Jim Wells County||Kleberg County|
|Jim Hogg County||Kenedy County|
|Starr County||Hidalgo County|