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Castro County, Texas (TX)


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County population in 2012: 8,164 (54% urban, 46% rural); it was 8,285 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 690
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,169
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,961
Renter-occupied apartments: 885 (it was 800 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

36%

Land area: 898 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 9 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Castro County: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.1%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (20.0%), Manufacturing (11.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 13%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Castro County, Texas:


Median resident age:  33.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years

Males: 4,084  (51.5%)
Females: 3,978  (48.5%)

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Castro County,TX real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Castro County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $37,008 ($30,619 in 1999)
This county:

$37008
Texas:

$48259

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $326 (lower quartile is $225, upper quartile is $459)
This county:

$326
State:

$632


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $68,137 (it was $50,300 in 2000)
Castro County:

$68,137
Texas:

$125,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $39,638 - $115,188

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $133,993
Here:

$133,993
State:

$177,060

Townhouses or other attached units: $293,633
Here:

$293,633
State:

$170,403

In 2-unit structures: $12,805
Here:

$12,805
State:

$137,980

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $26,717
Here:

$26,717
State:

$142,391

Mobile homes: $48,437
Here:

$48,437
State:

$42,156

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $185,116
Here:

$185,116
State:

$34,447
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,171
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $273

Institutionalized population: 64

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):


Castro County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,174 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $686 (1.4%)


Castro County household income distribution in 2009 Castro County home values distribution


Castro County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 21.8%
(4.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 43.0% for Black residents, 34.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 35.7% for other race residents, 21.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 33 years old
(Males: 33 years old, Females: 34 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 39 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 24 years old, Asian residents: 29 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

19.0%
Whole state:

15.4%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

6.4%
Whole state:

6.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Castro County is $396 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $645 a month.

Cities in this county include: Dimmitt, Hart, Nazareth.

Castro County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Click to draw/clear Castro County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Castro County: Grisham (A), Bar G Feedyard (B), Cadillac Feedyard (C), Circle Three Feedyard (D), Dimmitt Feed Yard (E), Lamb County Library (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Castro County: Bethel Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Castro Memorial Gardens (1), Flagg Cemetery (2), Dimmitt Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Schwalker Lake (A), Cosby Lake (B), Lemons Lake (C), North Tule Lake (D), Cone Johnson Lake (E), Soil Conservation Service Site 1 Reservoir (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Castro County: Playa Lakes Wildlife Management Area - Dimmit Unit (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Deaf Smith County , Hale County , Lamb County , Parmer County , Randall County , Swisher County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 140
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 65.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,000 (39% naturalized citizens)

Castro County:

12.1%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 76.4%

Castro County marital status for males
Castro County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Castro County with a mortgage: 670 (11 second mortgage, 17 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 829

Here:

44.7% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 79.22%
Here79.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,563
Total congregations: 21

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of ChristOther
Adherents3,043 (46.4%)2,229 (34.0%)705 (10.7%)367 (5.6%)219 (3.3%)
Congregations8 (38.1%)3 (14.3%)2 (9.5%)3 (14.3%)5 (23.8%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Castro County - Dimmitt, Hart, Nazareth

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

2.78 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
This county:

8.35 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Castro County:

8.35 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.9%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.6%
Texas:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Castro County:

14.3%
State:

15.7%


Agriculture in Castro County:

Average size of farms: 1053 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $1,107,742
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $329.11
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: 87.34%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $1,025,280
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 40.44%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 82.35%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $157,311
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 78.13%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 64.91
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.38%
Corn for grain: 48034 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 55498 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 74422 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 318 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Castro County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Texas state average. It is 2.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 fatalities and 44 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/12/1960, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed 3 people and injured 32 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Castro County-area historical earthquake activity is above Texas state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/17/2000 at 01:08:05, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 65.1 miles away from the county center
On 12/16/2000 at 22:08:54, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 66.1 miles away from the county center
On 3/25/1996 at 06:43:46, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 76.9 miles away from the county center
On 2/18/2006 at 05:49:41, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 83.7 miles away from Castro County center
On 9/24/2003 at 15:02:09, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 60.1 miles away from the county center
On 8/7/2000 at 17:19:08, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 65.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Castro County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 4

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (37%)
  • Food (11%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Public administration (2%)
  • Educational services (26%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (19%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (15%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (14%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)

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




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





Castro County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,518 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 522 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 5 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 80 (2%)
  • Other means: 75 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 110 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Castro County, Texas in 2000:

50 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
14 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $34,192.

6.68% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($24,325 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.68%
Texas average:

8.37%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.25% relocated from other counties in Texas ($19,617 average AGI)
1.43% relocated from other states ($4,708 average AGI)
Castro County:

1.43%
Texas average:

3.06%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Lamb County, TX  0.56% ($28,154 average AGI)
from Randall County, TX  0.56% ($41,231)
from Deaf Smith County, TX  0.52% ($20,333)
from Lubbock County, TX  0.48% ($25,000)
from Potter County, TX  0.48% ($16,545)


10.90% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,399 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.90%
Texas average:

7.44%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
9.45% relocated to other counties in Texas ($24,175 average AGI)
1.45% relocated to other states ($4,224 average AGI)
Castro County:

1.45%
Texas average:

2.17%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Deaf Smith County, TX  1.24% ($22,900 average AGI)
to Randall County, TX  1.08% ($31,077)
to Hale County, TX  1.04% ($21,440)
to Lubbock County, TX  0.99% ($38,917)
to Potter County, TX  0.99% ($25,542)
to Lamb County, TX  0.66% ($26,500)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.2

Births per 1000 population in Castro County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Castro County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Castro County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,051 (963 aged, 88 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 27%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 28%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 13.01
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9002.210
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 325.220
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 23871.47

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1767.020
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 824.610
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 52.36

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 23.93
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 52.36

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13.09

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,998

Size of family households: 809 2-persons, 384 3-persons, 398 4-persons, 270 5-persons, 131 6-persons, 99 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 589 1-person, 50 2-persons, 10 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

55.1% of residents of Castro County speak English at home.
44.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (61% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (86% speak English very well, 14% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $64,410,000 ($8379 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $161,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $13,075,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,857,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $29,238,000
Federal grants: $11,064,000
Federal procurement contracts: $199,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $977,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,084,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,227,000
Federal Government insurance: $47,090,000

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

Births: 684
Here:

90 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 356
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +95
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,055
Here -138 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Castro County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.70 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Castro County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 42
  • 3 rooms: 109
  • 4 rooms: 338
  • 5 rooms: 498
  • 6 rooms: 443
  • 7 rooms: 266
  • 8 rooms: 141
  • 9+ rooms: 120
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 47
  • 3 rooms: 144
  • 4 rooms: 162
  • 5 rooms: 253
  • 6 rooms: 107
  • 7 rooms: 38
  • 8 rooms: 30
  • 9+ rooms: 14
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Castro County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 77
  • 2 bedrooms: 487
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,070
  • 4 bedrooms: 269
  • 5+ bedrooms: 42
  • no bedroom: 39
  • 1 bedroom: 132
  • 2 bedrooms: 272
  • 3 bedrooms: 316
  • 4 bedrooms: 32
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
Cars and other vehicles available in Castro County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 74
  • 1 vehicle: 576
  • 2 vehicles: 822
  • 3 vehicles: 353
  • 4 vehicles: 90
  • 5+ vehicles: 46
  • no vehicle: 99
  • 1 vehicle: 334
  • 2 vehicles: 278
  • 3 vehicles: 69
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 13

64% of Castro County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 60% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 87% lived in Texas.

Castro County:

64.2%
State average:

51.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $12,500


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 Castro County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (77.5%)
  • Electricity (15.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (75.0%)
  • Electricity (13.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9.3%)
  • Other fuel (1.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)



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:

2.3%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 8
Here:

6.4%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Castro County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Castro County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Castro County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Castro County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Castro County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Castro County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Castro County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James3871.3 years
Mary3777.5 years
John3676.3 years
William2879.2 years
Robert2173.6 years
George2073.5 years
Charles1666.5 years
Clarence1479.3 years
Frank1472.2 years
Maria1467.9 years
Most common last names in Castro County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1873.6 years
Martinez1870.3 years
Davis1773.8 years
Garcia1674.3 years
Rodriguez1268.2 years
Schulte1177.6 years
Mclain1172.6 years
Birkenfeld1174.6 years
Acker1075.4 years
Jones1076.7 years
Businesses in Castro County, TX
NameCountNameCount
H&R Block1Subway1
Pizza Hut1True Value2
RadioShack1U-Haul1
SONIC Drive-In1UPS1

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