Brooks County, Texas (TX)

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County population in 2012: 7,161 (68% urban, 32% rural); it was 7,976 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 443
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,386
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,981
Renter-occupied apartments: 813 (it was 730 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

36%

Land area: 943 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 8 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Brooks County: 78.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (64.4%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (21.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 60%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 29%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Brooks County, Texas:

  • Hispanic or Latino (91.2%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (7.9%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 3,579  (53.6%)
Females: 3,644  (46.4%)

Brooks County,TX real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Brooks County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $21,782 ($18,622 in 1999)

This county:

$21782
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $239 (lower quartile is $108, upper quartile is $400)
This county:

$239
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $48,438 (it was $33,000 in 2000)
Brooks:

$48,438
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $23,293 - $77,792
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $894
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $314

Institutionalized population: 67

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Brooks County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $83,700
  • 2008: 6 buildings, average cost: $95,100
  • 2009: 4 buildings, average cost: $95,100

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $959 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $523 (1.2%)

Brooks County household income distribution in 2009 Brooks County home values distribution Brooks County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 38.3%
(17.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 39.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.6% for other race residents, 5.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 38.0%
Brooks County:

38.0%
Texas:

17.5%
(18.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 38.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.0% for other race residents, 5.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 32 years old
(Males: 26 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, Asian residents: 4 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 31 years old, Other race residents: 39 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Brooks County is $432 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $692 a month.

Cities in this county include: Falfurrias, Cantu Addition, Encino, Flowella, Airport Road Addition.

Brooks County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Brooks County: Agua Dulce Windmill (A), Agua Nueva Windmill (B), Avispa Windmill (C), Blanco Windmill (D), Certificad Windmill (E), Chivo Windmill (F), Chocolate Windmill (G), Cograge Windmill (H), El Baño Windmill (I), Gragenitos Windmill (J), La Colcha Windmill (K), La Javalina Windmill (L), Las Burras Windmill (M), Las Coyotas Windmill (N), Las Hormigas Windmill (O), Lindero Windmill (P), Madrigueras Windmill (Q), Mota Chica Windmill (R), Northe Windmill (S), Perdido Windmill (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Longoria Cemetery (1), Old Town Cemetery (2), Pedro Jaramillo Cemetery (3), Perez Cemetery (4), Rancho Nuevo Cemetery (5), La Mesa Cemetery (6), Perez Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Quiteria Lake (A), Burro Lake (B), Cayetano Lake (C), Laguna Salada (D), Mesquite Lake (E), La Redonda Lake (F), La Hedionda Lake (G), Round Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Una de Gato Creek (A), Arroyo Baluarte (B), Laborcitas Creek (C), Cibolo Creek (D), Calosa Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Brooks County: La Colonia Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Duval County , Hidalgo County , Jim Hogg County , Jim Wells County , Kenedy County , Kleberg County , Starr County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.0%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 280
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 49.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 6.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 488 (49% naturalized citizens)

Brooks County:

6.1%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 27
  • 1990 to 1994: 41
  • 1985 to 1989: 68
  • 1980 to 1984: 91
  • 1975 to 1979: 39
  • 1970 to 1974: 55
  • 1970 to 1974: 35
  • 1965 to 1969: 132

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 76.9%

Brooks County marital status for males Brooks County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Brooks County with a mortgage: 449 (0 second mortgage, 8 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,107

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Brooks County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic5,0912
Evangelical Protestant67911
Mainline Protestant1822
Other-1
None1,271-
Brooks County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Brooks County:

1.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

3.98 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Brooks County:

5.30 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

11.93 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Brooks County:

9.8%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Brooks County:

26.2%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.4%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Brooks County:

Average size of farms: 1253 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $21,575
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $41.17
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 96.35%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $27,703
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.53%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.07%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $30,620
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.03%
Average age of principal farm operators: 61 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.37
Land in orchards: 154 acres

Tornado activity:

Brooks County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 18690368.8 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 1/26/1950, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 2 people

Earthquake activity:

Brooks County-area historical earthquake activity is below Texas state average. It is 84% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/9/1993 at 12:29:19, a magnitude 4.3 (4.1 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 118.5 miles away from Brooks County center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 382.5 miles away from the county center
On 5/23/2007 at 19:09:15, a magnitude 5.6 (5.4 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 378.5 miles away from the county center
On 3/24/1997 at 22:31:34, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 43.7 miles away from the county center
On 4/7/2008 at 09:51:12, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, 3.9 MW, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 126.3 miles away from Brooks County center
On 7/20/1991 at 23:38:19, a magnitude 3.6 (3.4 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 125.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Brooks County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 9, Fires: 3, Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (80%)
  • El Salvador (9%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)
  • Germany (3%)
  • Guatemala (2%)
  • Canada (1%)
  • France (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Brooks County (%):

  • United States or American (2%)
  • German (2%)
  • Irish (1%)
  • Dutch (1%)
  • Polish (1%)
  • English (0%)
  • Italian (0%)

Brooks County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,715 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 529 (22%)
  • Walked: 58 (2%)
  • Other means: 40 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 67 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

63 people in nursing homes
9 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
51 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
16 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $32,352.

5.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,752 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.49%
Texas average:

7.14%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.97% relocated from other counties in Texas ($28,277 average AGI)
0.52% relocated from other states ($1,474 average AGI)
Brooks County:

0.52%
Texas average:

2.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Jim Wells County, TX  0.96% ($27,125 average AGI)
from Nueces County, TX  0.96% ($22,583)
from Kleberg County, TX  0.88% ($27,409)
from Hidalgo County, TX  0.52% ($32,692)


6.91% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,606 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.91%
Texas average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.12% relocated to other counties in Texas ($24,640 average AGI)
0.79% relocated to other states ($2,966 average AGI)
Brooks County:

0.79%
Texas average:

2.01%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Jim Wells County, TX  1.50% ($25,053 average AGI)
to Nueces County, TX  1.14% ($35,138)
to Kleberg County, TX  0.83% ($29,952)
to Hidalgo County, TX  0.55% ($35,143)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 18.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.9

Births per 1000 population in Brooks County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Brooks County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 1.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Brooks County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,380 (1,184 aged, 196 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 31%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 32%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1834.270
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 598.410

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 117.080

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,156

Size of family households: 705 2-persons, 444 3-persons, 343 4-persons, 227 5-persons, 86 6-persons, 68 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 690 1-person, 75 2-persons, 2 3-persons, 2 5-persons.

1,433 married couples with children.
719 single-parent households (117 men, 602 women).

22.3% of residents of Brooks County speak English at home.
77.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $73,980,000 ($9542 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $707,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $16,600,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,609,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $934,000
Federal grants: $34,202,000
Federal procurement contracts: $388,000 ($155,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $7,247,000 ($101,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $383,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $451,000
Federal Government insurance: $16,124,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 705
Here:

92 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 358
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +17
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -638
Here -83 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Brooks County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.49 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.2
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 354
  • 1990 to 1999: 339
  • 1980 to 1989: 487
  • 1970 to 1979: 346
  • 1960 to 1969: 631
  • 1950 to 1959: 579
  • 1940 to 1949: 254
  • 1939 or earlier: 200
Rooms in houses/apartments in Brooks County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 26
  • 2 rooms: 73
  • 3 rooms: 196
  • 4 rooms: 254
  • 5 rooms: 599
  • 6 rooms: 454
  • 7 rooms: 264
  • 8 rooms: 86
  • 9+ rooms: 29
  • 1 room: 25
  • 2 rooms: 75
  • 3 rooms: 131
  • 4 rooms: 146
  • 5 rooms: 143
  • 6 rooms: 167
  • 7 rooms: 20
  • 8 rooms: 17
  • 9+ rooms: 6
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Brooks County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 40
  • 1 bedroom: 122
  • 2 bedrooms: 577
  • 3 bedrooms: 936
  • 4 bedrooms: 258
  • 5+ bedrooms: 48
  • no bedroom: 39
  • 1 bedroom: 151
  • 2 bedrooms: 290
  • 3 bedrooms: 214
  • 4 bedrooms: 28
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Brooks County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 260
  • 1 vehicle: 685
  • 2 vehicles: 785
  • 3 vehicles: 218
  • 4 vehicles: 33
  • 5+ vehicles: 0
  • no vehicle: 241
  • 1 vehicle: 279
  • 2 vehicles: 183
  • 3 vehicles: 27
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

72% of Brooks County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 70% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 85% lived in Texas.

Brooks County:

71.9%
State average:

51.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $10,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 6%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Brooks County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (48.2%)
  • Utility gas (34.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.5%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (57.9%)
  • Electricity (34.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 16
Here:

2.8%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 9
Here:

3.4%
Texas:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Brooks County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Judicial and Legal Services: $994,000
    Police Protection: $860,000
    Regular Highways: $836,000
    Housing & Community Development: $669,000
    Financial Administration: $561,000
    Corrections - Other: $525,000
    General - Other: $525,000
    Health Services - Other: $273,000
    Central Staff Services: $260,000
    Welfare - Other: $244,000
    General Public Buildings: $189,000
    Fire Protection: $34,000
    Air Transportation: $29,000
    Libraries: $4,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $31,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $123,000
    General Public Building: $79,000
    General - Other: $29,000
    Corrections - Other: $15,000
    Judicial: $6,000
    Air Transportation: $5,000
    Regular Highways: $3,000
    Financial Administration: $1,000
    Central Staff: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,082,000

Brooks County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $268,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $225,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,843,000
    Interest Earnings: $120,000
    Rents: $57,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $604,000
    All Other: $117,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,267,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $215,000
    NEC: $8,000

Brooks County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $518,000
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $40,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $141,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $417,000

Brooks County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,073,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Brooks County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Brooks County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Brooks County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Maria6976.9 years
Jose6670.1 years
Guadalupe3879.3 years
Manuel3476.7 years
Jesus2771.1 years
Juan2369.6 years
Ramon1872.9 years
Santos1778.0 years
John1774.4 years
James1574.0 years
Most common last names in Brooks County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Garcia12474.1 years
Garza11975.0 years
Perez7373.2 years
Gonzalez6575.0 years
Lopez5977.7 years
Villarreal5677.4 years
Hinojosa3775.0 years
Rodriguez3572.6 years
Guerra3577.7 years
Martinez3475.0 years
Businesses in Brooks County, TX
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1H&R Block1
Best Western1Holiday Inn1
Burger King1McDonald's1
Church's Chicken1Nike1
Days Inn1Walmart1

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