Callahan County, Texas (TX)

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County population in 2012: 13,517 (28% urban, 72% rural); it was 12,905 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,871
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,416
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,091
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,160 (it was 970 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

36%

Land area: 899 sq. mi.

Water area: 2.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 15 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Callahan County: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (48.9%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (12.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 45%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 51%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Callahan County, Texas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (89.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (7.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 6,607  (46.3%)
Females: 6,937  (53.7%)
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Callahan County,TX real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Callahan County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $44,732 ($32,463 in 1999)

This county:

$44732
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $425 (lower quartile is $306, upper quartile is $566)
This county:

$425
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $76,087 (it was $49,600 in 2000)
Callahan:

$76,087
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $40,837 - $143,673
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $984
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $356

Institutionalized population: 75

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):

Callahan County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $54,300
  • 2009: 12 buildings, average cost: $57,100

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,156 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $656 (0.9%)

Callahan County household income distribution in 2009 Callahan County home values distribution Callahan County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.2%
(13.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.3% for Black residents, 24.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 16.4% for other race residents, 40.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.1%
Callahan County:

15.1%
Texas:

17.5%
(14.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.5% for Black residents, 23.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 14.9% for other race residents, 40.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 52 years old, Asian residents: 43 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 54 years old)

Area name: Abilene, TX MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Callahan County is $419 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $528 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $687 a month.

Cities in this county include: Clyde, Baird, Cross Plains, Putnam.

Callahan 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 Callahan County: Bull Pasture Windmill (A), Clyde Station (B), Denton Valley School (C), Four-Hundred Acre Windmill (D), Goble Windmill (E), Haynes Windmill (F), High Windmill (G), Richardson Windmill (H), Sneed Windmill (I), Trap Windmill (J), Windham Ranch (K), Oplin Volunteer Fire Department (L), Eula Volunteer Fire Department (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Belle Plain Cemetery (1), Seaton Cemetery (2), Burnt Branch Cemetery (3), Caddo Peak Cemetery (4), Oglesby Cemetery (5), Dressy Cemetery (6), Eula Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Henninger Lake (A), Latimer Lake (B), Smith Lake (C), Hatchett Lake (D), Straley Lake (E), Freeland Lake (F), Baird Lake (G), Soil Conservation Service Site 22 Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: West Prong Burnt Branch (A), South Prong Pecan Bayou (B), Sheep Creek (C), Rough Creek (D), North Prong Pecan Bayou (E), Mexia Creek (F), Mesquite Branch (G), Lovelady Creek (H), Herd Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Brown County , Coleman County , Eastland County , Jones County , Shackelford County , Taylor County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.1%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 308
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 185 (32% naturalized citizens)

Callahan County:

1.4%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 33
  • 1990 to 1994: 37
  • 1985 to 1989: 16
  • 1980 to 1984: 13
  • 1975 to 1979: 9
  • 1970 to 1974: 22
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1965 to 1969: 53

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 37.7%

Callahan County marital status for males Callahan County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Callahan County with a mortgage: 1,048 (8 second mortgage, 61 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,338

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Callahan County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant7,03629
Mainline Protestant1,0006
Catholic1501
Other--
None5,358-
Callahan 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: 2
Callahan County:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


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

2.23 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Callahan County:

7.44 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
This county:

3.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Callahan County:

9.6%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Callahan County:

28.2%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.2%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Callahan County:

Average size of farms: 577 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $18,906
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $54.36
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 88.01%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $21,247
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 7.22%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.34%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $26,661
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.51%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.69
All wheat for grain: 17379 harvested acres
Vegetables: 49 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 354 acres

Tornado activity:

Callahan County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 1750157.0 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 5 fatalities and 26 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/28/1950, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 5 people and injured 5 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Callahan County-area historical earthquake activity is near Texas state average. It is 71% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 94.7 miles away from Callahan 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) earthquake occurred 275.3 miles away from the county center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 218.0 miles away from the county center
On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 233.9 miles away from the county center
On 4/28/1998 at 14:13:01, a magnitude 4.2 (3.9 MB, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 178.6 miles away from Callahan County center
On 1/18/1995 at 15:51:39, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 197.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Callahan County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 7, Storms: 4, Floods: 3, Hurricanes: 3, Tornadoes: 2 (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 (69%)
  • Philippines (12%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • El Salvador (5%)
  • Germany (3%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)
  • Poland (2%)

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

  • United States or American (28%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • German (12%)
  • English (9%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Scottish (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Callahan County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,338 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 865 (15%)
  • Motorcycle: 12 (0%)
  • Walked: 102 (2%)
  • Other means: 69 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 203 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

112 people in nursing homes
10 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
70 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
5 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $43,614.

9.41% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,309 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.41%
Texas average:

7.14%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
7.68% relocated from other counties in Texas ($29,026 average AGI)
1.73% relocated from other states ($5,286 average AGI)
Callahan County:

1.73%
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 Taylor County, TX  3.74% ($31,187 average AGI)
from Eastland County, TX  0.37% ($27,176)
from Jones County, TX  0.31% ($39,643)
from Tarrant County, TX  0.26% ($44,833)
from Brown County, TX  0.24% ($107,636)
from Shackelford County, TX  0.22% ($48,200)


8.77% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,862 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.77%
Texas average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
7.71% relocated to other counties in Texas ($27,741 average AGI)
1.06% relocated to other states ($4,121 average AGI)
Callahan County:

1.06%
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 Taylor County, TX  4.16% ($30,270 average AGI)
to Eastland County, TX  0.37% ($25,706)
to Tarrant County, TX  0.24% ($36,273)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5

Births per 1000 population in Callahan County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Callahan County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Callahan County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,441 (2,137 aged, 304 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 917.430
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 932.230
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.4

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 15.63
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 59.19

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 13,469

Size of family households: 1,928 2-persons, 831 3-persons, 663 4-persons, 299 5-persons, 109 6-persons, 63 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,347 1-person, 169 2-persons, 20 3-persons, 14 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

2,360 married couples with children.
660 single-parent households (138 men, 522 women).

94.1% of residents of Callahan County speak English at home.
5.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (97% speak English very well, 3% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $73,755,000 ($5540 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $7,144,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $38,901,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,520,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,229,000
Federal grants: $11,096,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,751,000 ($3,029,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,259,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $85,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,252,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,958,000

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

Births: 708
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 727
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +29
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +620
Here:

+46 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Callahan County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.29 millions of gallons per day (55% from ground, 45% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 89
  • 2000 to 2004: 745
  • 1990 to 1999: 797
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,227
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,244
  • 1960 to 1969: 666
  • 1950 to 1959: 633
  • 1940 to 1949: 467
  • 1939 or earlier: 676
Rooms in houses/apartments in Callahan County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 35
  • 3 rooms: 123
  • 4 rooms: 639
  • 5 rooms: 1,307
  • 6 rooms: 1,076
  • 7 rooms: 495
  • 8 rooms: 255
  • 9+ rooms: 149
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 38
  • 3 rooms: 174
  • 4 rooms: 299
  • 5 rooms: 261
  • 6 rooms: 117
  • 7 rooms: 52
  • 8 rooms: 23
  • 9+ rooms: 2
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Callahan County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 23
  • 1 bedroom: 133
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,104
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,318
  • 4 bedrooms: 450
  • 5+ bedrooms: 63
  • no bedroom: 8
  • 1 bedroom: 175
  • 2 bedrooms: 416
  • 3 bedrooms: 303
  • 4 bedrooms: 60
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Callahan County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 118
  • 1 vehicle: 1,178
  • 2 vehicles: 1,882
  • 3 vehicles: 731
  • 4 vehicles: 139
  • 5+ vehicles: 43
  • no vehicle: 99
  • 1 vehicle: 445
  • 2 vehicles: 341
  • 3 vehicles: 70
  • 4 vehicles: 13
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

58% of Callahan County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Texas.

Callahan County:

57.5%
State average:

51.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $28,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Callahan County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (41.3%)
  • Utility gas (28.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25.8%)
  • Wood (4.3%)
  • Electricity (39.4%)
  • Utility gas (36.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17.6%)
  • Wood (3.9%)
  • Other fuel (3.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 11
Here:

0.7%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 13
Here:

1.6%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 54
Here:

18.9%
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)

Callahan County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $1,656,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,075,000
    Police Protection: $593,000
    Financial Administration: $237,000
    Regular Highways: $122,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $100,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $90,000
    Libraries: $4,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Libraries: $12,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,215,000

Callahan County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $275,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,171,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $306,000
    Interest Earnings: $17,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $22,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,122,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $598,000
    Other License: $420,000

Callahan County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,870,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Callahan 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 Callahan County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James13276.2 years
William11877.4 years
John10476.7 years
Mary8281.7 years
Robert8075.5 years
George5876.7 years
Charles4676.5 years
Joe3673.7 years
Ruby3376.9 years
Annie3282.7 years
Most common last names in Callahan County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6176.7 years
Williams4176.3 years
Jones4178.1 years
Brown3475.7 years
Davis3378.4 years
Harris3181.2 years
Wilson2775.2 years
Johnson2577.8 years
Young2577.7 years
Taylor2373.7 years
Businesses in Callahan County, TX
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven2H&R Block1
Chevrolet1SONIC Drive-In1
Curves1Subway2
FedEx3True Value1
Goodwill1U-Haul1

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