Parker County, Texas

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Parker County
The Parker County courthouse in Weatherford
The Parker County courthouse in Weatherford
Flag of Parker County
Map of Texas highlighting Parker County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°47′N 97°49′W / 32.78°N 97.81°W / 32.78; -97.81
Country United States
State Texas
Founded1856
SeatWeatherford
Largest cityWeatherford
Area
 • Total910 sq mi (2,400 km2)
 • Land903 sq mi (2,340 km2)
 • Water6.6 sq mi (17 km2)  0.7%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total148,222
 • Density160/sq mi (63/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district12th
Websitewww.parkercountytx.com

Parker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 148,222.[1] The county seat is Weatherford.[2] The county was created in 1855 and organized the following year.[3] It is named for Isaac Parker, a state legislator who introduced the bill that established the county in 1855.[4][5]

Parker County is included in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 910 square miles (2,400 km2), of which 903 square miles (2,340 km2) are land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (0.7%) are covered by water.[6] The county is intersected by the Brazos River.[7]

Highest point[edit]

Slipdown Mountain and Slipdown Bluff, at a height of 1,368 feet (417 m), are the highest points in Parker County.[8] They are located just east of the Advance community, southwest of Poolville.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Communities[edit]

Cities (multiple counties)[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18604,213
18704,186−0.6%
188015,870279.1%
189021,68236.6%
190025,82319.1%
191026,3312.0%
192023,382−11.2%
193018,759−19.8%
194020,4829.2%
195021,5285.1%
196022,8806.3%
197033,88848.1%
198044,60931.6%
199064,78545.2%
200088,49536.6%
2010116,92732.1%
2020148,22226.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1850–2010[10] 2010[11] 2020[12]
Parker County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[11] Pop 2020[12] % 2010 % 2020
  White alone (NH) 99,698 117,747 85.27% 79.44%
  Black or African American alone (NH) 1,842 1,636 1.58% 1.10%
  Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 768 878 0.66% 0.59%
Asian alone (NH) 631 990 0.54% 0.67%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 35 97 0.03% 0.07%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 64 470 0.05% 0.32%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,479 6,585 1.26% 4.44%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 12,410 19,819 10.61% 13.37%
Total 116,927 148,222 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

As of the census of 2019, 136,506 people, 48,346 households, and 37,416 families resided in the county. The population density was 150 people per square mile. The 48,346 housing units averaged 53 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 90.32% White, 1.80% African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.02% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races.

In the county, the population was distributed as 26.55% under the age of 19, 11.63% from 20 to 29, 24.74% from 30 to 49, 21% from 50 to 64, and 16.08% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. the female population was 50.24% to 49.76% male.

The median income for a household in the county was $78,309. Males had a median income of $37,913 versus $25,412 for females. 79.90% of the population were homeowners, and 20.10% were renters, with 94.76 housing units being occupied.

Politics[edit]

Parker County, like most suburban counties in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area, has been a Republican stronghold for decades. Republicans have held all public offices since 1999 and the county has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976.[citation needed]

United States presidential election results for Parker County, Texas[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 62,045 81.50% 13,017 17.10% 1,066 1.40%
2016 46,473 81.79% 8,344 14.69% 2,000 3.52%
2012 39,243 82.28% 7,853 16.47% 598 1.25%
2008 36,974 77.11% 10,502 21.90% 475 0.99%
2004 31,795 77.63% 8,966 21.89% 196 0.48%
2000 23,651 71.18% 8,878 26.72% 696 2.09%
1996 14,580 54.29% 9,447 35.18% 2,828 10.53%
1992 10,321 37.54% 7,934 28.86% 9,239 33.60%
1988 14,090 62.01% 8,517 37.48% 116 0.51%
1984 13,647 69.07% 6,050 30.62% 62 0.31%
1980 8,505 52.65% 7,336 45.41% 314 1.94%
1976 4,692 36.18% 8,186 63.12% 91 0.70%
1972 7,152 69.11% 3,184 30.77% 13 0.13%
1968 3,068 32.98% 4,301 46.23% 1,934 20.79%
1964 2,175 29.16% 5,270 70.66% 13 0.17%
1960 3,467 48.50% 3,629 50.77% 52 0.73%
1956 3,390 51.46% 3,165 48.04% 33 0.50%
1952 3,523 50.50% 3,434 49.23% 19 0.27%
1948 806 19.75% 3,061 75.02% 213 5.22%
1944 559 12.27% 3,503 76.90% 493 10.82%
1940 558 13.12% 3,687 86.69% 8 0.19%
1936 375 12.95% 2,493 86.08% 28 0.97%
1932 372 10.68% 3,074 88.28% 36 1.03%
1928 2,178 66.24% 1,110 33.76% 0 0.00%
1924 438 14.70% 2,391 80.26% 150 5.04%
1920 488 20.60% 1,765 74.50% 116 4.90%
1916 173 7.77% 1,797 80.69% 257 11.54%
1912 135 5.62% 1,700 70.72% 569 23.67%


Notable people[edit]

  • Oliver Loving, Loving-Goodnight Cattle Trail
  • Bose Ikard, trusted cattle driver of Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight
  • Mary Martin, star of stage and screen
  • S.W.T. Lanham, last Confederate veteran to serve as governor of Texas
  • Jim Wright, youngest mayor of Weatherford, TX, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parker County, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "PARKER COUNTY". Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "PARKER, ISAAC". Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Parker" . The American Cyclopædia.
  8. ^ "Parker County Highpoint Trip Report". Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  10. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Parker County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  12. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Parker County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 28, 2018.

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Coordinates: 32°47′N 97°49′W / 32.78°N 97.81°W / 32.78; -97.81