Ellis County, Texas

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Ellis County
Ellis County Courthouse (1 of 1).jpg
The Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie
Map of Texas highlighting Ellis County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°21′N96°47′W / 32.35°N 96.79°W / 32.35; -96.79
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Texas.svg  Texas
Founded1850
Named for Richard Ellis
Seat Waxahachie
Largest cityWaxahachie
Area
  Total952 sq mi (2,470 km2)
  Land936 sq mi (2,420 km2)
  Water16 sq mi (40 km2)  1.7%%
Population
 (2018)
  Total179,436
  Density191/sq mi (74/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 6th
Website www.co.ellis.tx.us
Across from the courthouse is the Ellis County Museum. Waxahachie masonic lodge 2013.jpg
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.

Contents

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

Historical population
CensusPop.
1850 989
1860 5,246430.4%
1870 7,51443.2%
1880 21,294183.4%
1890 31,77449.2%
1900 50,05957.5%
1910 53,6297.1%
1920 55,7003.9%
1930 53,936−3.2%
1940 47,733−11.5%
1950 45,645−4.4%
1960 43,395−4.9%
1970 46,6387.5%
1980 59,74328.1%
1990 85,16742.6%
2000 111,36030.8%
2010 149,61034.3%
Est. 2018179,436 [6] 19.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1850–2010 [8] 2010–2014 [1]

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

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.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [11]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 70.1%44,94125.4% 16,2534.6% 2,916
2012 72.9%39,57425.6% 13,8811.5% 799
2008 70.7%38,07828.5% 15,3330.8% 442
2004 74.5%34,60225.1% 11,6400.4% 202
2000 69.9%26,09128.5% 10,6291.6% 587
1996 53.9%16,04636.4% 10,8329.7% 2,888
1992 40.5%13,56428.5% 9,53731.0% 10,394
1988 59.2%16,42240.3% 11,1690.6% 158
1984 67.6%16,87332.2% 8,0290.3% 72
1980 51.3%10,04647.1% 9,2191.6% 315
1976 41.0% 6,99658.6%9,9910.4% 68
1972 69.5%8,77930.4% 3,8390.1% 8
1968 31.4% 3,79445.0%5,43123.6% 2,842
1964 27.6% 2,77972.3%7,2780.1% 5
1960 38.4% 3,66661.2%5,8410.4% 36
1956 40.7% 3,58559.1%5,2110.3% 24
1952 39.9% 4,18359.9%6,2750.2% 24
1948 13.8% 1,05575.6%5,79210.7% 818
1944 8.0% 66685.1%7,0656.9% 573
1940 8.1% 69291.9%7,8810.1% 5
1936 5.3% 31994.5%5,6440.2% 12
1932 6.9% 52792.5%7,0330.6% 44
1928 44.7% 3,56955.1%4,3990.2% 13
1924 13.5% 1,22084.9%7,6781.6% 142
1920 14.0% 81969.7%4,08116.3% 957
1916 6.3% 32492.0%4,7181.7% 85
1912 7.4% 29388.2%3,4834.3% 171

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 USACE Bardwell Dam and Lake.jpg
Bardwell Dam and Lake in Ellis County near the town of Ennis
Ellis County Courts building Ellis County, TX Courts building IMG 5610.JPG
Ellis County Courts building

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Notable people

See also

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Coordinates: 32°21′N96°47′W / 32.35°N 96.79°W / 32.35; -96.79