- Parker County, Texas
Infobox U.S. County
county = Parker County
state = Texas
map size = 200
founded = 1855
seat = Weatherford | area_total_sq_mi =910
area percentage = 0.72%
census yr = 2000
pop = 98495
web = www.co.parker.tx.us
Parker County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Texas. In 2000, its population was 88,495; in 2005, its population was estimated to be 102,801. The county is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Parker County is named for Isaac Parker, a state legislator who introduced the bill that established the county [ [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/PP/hcp3.html The Handbook of Texas Online] ] . The seat of the county is Weatherford.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of convert|910|sqmi|km2|0. convert|904|sqmi|km2|0 of it is land and convert|7|sqmi|km2|0 of it (0.72%) is water.
Slipdown Mountain and Slipdown Bluff, at a height of convert|1368|ft|m|0, are the highest points in Parker County [ [http://www.cohp.org/tx/Parker_1.html Parker County Highpoint Trip Report] ] . They are located just east of the Advance Community, southwest of Poolville.
As of the
censusof 2003, there were 98,495 people, 31,131 households, and 24,313 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 98 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 34,084 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.17% White, 1.79% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 12.61% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 7.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 31,131 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 18.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 104.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $45,497, and the median income for a family was $51,530. Males had a median income of $37,913 versus $25,412 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $20,305. About 5.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.30% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
(u) - unincorporated
*- partly in Wise and Tarrant counties
* [http://www.co.parker.tx.us/ Parker County government's website]
* [http://www.poorfarm.net The Parker County Poor Farm]
* [http://texashistory.unt.edu/search/?q=WEAC&t=institution Historic photos] from the Weatherford College Library, hosted by the [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ Portal to Texas History]
* [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/PP/hcp3.html Parker County in "Handbook of Texas Online"] at the University of Texas
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