Atascosa County
County
The Atascosa County Courthouse in Jourdanton
The Atascosa County Courthouse in Jourdanton
Map of Texas highlighting Atascosa County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 28°53′N 98°32′W / 28.89°N 98.53°W / 28.89; -98.53
Country United States
State Texas
Founded1856
Named forAtascosa River
SeatJourdanton
Largest cityPleasanton
Area
 • Total1,221 sq mi (3,160 km2)
 • Land1,210 sq mi (3,100 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (5 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total48,981[1]
 • Density40.2/sq mi (15.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district28th
Websiteatascosacounty.texas.gov

Atascosa County (/ˌætəsˈksə/ AT-əs-KOH-sə) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is in South Texas and its county seat is Jourdanton.[2]

As of the 2020 United States Census, its population was 48,981.[3][4] Atascosa County is part of the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan statistical area.

History

In 1856, the Texas Legislature established Atascosa County from portions of Bexar County and named it for the Atascosa River.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,221 square miles (3,160 km2), of which 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.2%) are covered by water.[5]

The county contains rolling hills and knolls, sloped to the southeast. It is drained by the Atascosa River, which exits the county at its southeastern corner.[6] The highest point is a localized hill near the northeastern border with Bexar County, between Lytle and Somerset in Bexar, at 810 ft (250 m) above sea level.[7]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
18601,578
18702,91584.7%
18804,21744.7%
18906,45953.2%
19007,14310.6%
191010,00440.1%
192012,70227.0%
193015,65423.2%
194019,27523.1%
195020,0484.0%
196018,828−6.1%
197018,696−0.7%
198025,05534.0%
199030,53321.9%
200038,62826.5%
201044,91116.3%
202048,9819.1%
2021 (est.)49,939[3]2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1850–2010[9] 2010[10] 2020[11]
Atascosa County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
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 may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[10] Pop 2020[11] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 16,295 16,066 36.28% 32.80%
Black or African American alone (NH) 256 340 0.57% 0.69%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 143 116 0.32% 0.24%
Asian alone (NH) 130 170 0.29% 0.35%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 14 15 0.03% 0.03%
Some other race alone (NH) 43 177 0.10% 0.36%
Mixed/multiracial (NH) 245 919 0.55% 1.88%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 27,785 31,178 61.87% 63.65%
Total 44,911 48,981 100.00% 100.00%

As of the 2010 United States census, 44,911 people resided in the county; 84.9% were White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 10.9% of some other race, and 2.3% of two or more races. About 61.9% were Hispanics or Latinos (of any race).

As of the 2000 United States census,[12] 38,628 people, 12,816 households, and 10,022 families were in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12 people/km2). The 14,883 housing units had an average density of 12 per square mile (4.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 73.23% White, 0.60% African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 21.6% from other races, and 3.47% from two or more races. About 58.56% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

Of the 12,816 households, 41.7% had children under 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were not families. About 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.99, and the average family size was 3.41.

The age distribution was 31.7% under 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,081, and for a family was $37,705. Males had a median income of $27,702 versus $18,810 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,276. About 16.10% of families and 20.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 21.70% of those age 65 or over.

Education

These school districts serve Atascosa County:[13]

Most of the county is in the service area of Alamo Community College District. The portion in Pleasanton ISD is zoned to Coastal Bend College (formerly Bee County College).[14]

Communities

Cities

Town

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Gallery

Politics

United States presidential election results

United States presidential election results for Atascosa County, Texas[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 12,039 66.37% 5,876 32.40% 223 1.23%
2016 8,618 63.03% 4,651 34.02% 404 2.95%
2012 7,461 58.65% 5,133 40.35% 127 1.00%
2008 5,462 54.96% 4,415 44.43% 61 0.61%
2004 7,635 63.02% 4,421 36.49% 60 0.50%
2000 6,231 57.98% 4,322 40.22% 193 1.80%
1996 4,102 44.33% 4,259 46.02% 893 9.65%
1992 3,806 39.41% 3,766 38.99% 2,086 21.60%
1988 4,777 50.26% 4,657 49.00% 70 0.74%
1984 5,279 59.68% 3,547 40.10% 19 0.21%
1980 4,364 51.53% 3,980 46.99% 125 1.48%
1976 2,415 34.15% 4,565 64.55% 92 1.30%
1972 3,400 65.28% 1,804 34.64% 4 0.08%
1968 1,805 35.41% 2,522 49.47% 771 15.12%
1964 1,283 28.41% 3,224 71.39% 9 0.20%
1960 1,812 41.55% 2,544 58.34% 5 0.11%
1956 1,804 54.55% 1,492 45.12% 11 0.33%
1952 2,147 50.15% 2,124 49.61% 10 0.23%
1948 704 25.77% 1,895 69.36% 133 4.87%
1944 685 25.89% 1,757 66.40% 204 7.71%
1940 418 17.83% 1,922 82.00% 4 0.17%
1936 285 12.13% 2,041 86.85% 24 1.02%
1932 192 8.32% 2,101 91.07% 14 0.61%
1928 888 56.56% 682 43.44% 0 0.00%
1924 303 21.81% 869 62.56% 217 15.62%
1920 185 24.12% 531 69.23% 51 6.65%
1916 119 14.69% 635 78.40% 56 6.91%
1912 34 4.92% 593 85.82% 64 9.26%

See also

References

  1. ^ "US Census Population Data Set for All Texas Counties". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Atascosa County, Texas". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  4. ^ "Atascosa County, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  6. ^ [1] Atascosa County TX (Google Maps - accessed 10 November 2019)
  7. ^ Highest Point in Atascosa County (peakbagger.com - accessed 10 November 2019)
  8. ^ "Decennial Census by Decade". US Census Bureau.
  9. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Atascosa County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  11. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Atascosa County, Texas". United States Census Bureau.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". US Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  13. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Atascosa County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved June 29, 2022. - Text list
  14. ^ Texas Education Code, Sec. 130.162. ALAMO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA. Sec. 130.167. BEE COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA.. The legislation uses "Bee County College".
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved July 19, 2018.

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