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Deaf Smith County, Texas (TX)


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County population in 2012: 19,360 (82% urban, 18% rural); it was 18,561 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,048
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,073
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,168
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,244 (it was 2,012 in 2000)
% of renters here:

33%
State:

36%

Land area: 1497 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 13 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Deaf Smith County: 79.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (17.6%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (15.6%), Manufacturing (15.2%), Retail trade (12.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Deaf Smith County, Texas:


Median resident age:  31.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years

Males: 9,652  (46.8%)
Females: 9,720  (53.2%)

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Average household size:
Deaf Smith County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,778 ($29,601 in 1999)
This county:

$35778
Texas:

$48259

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $370 (lower quartile is $248, upper quartile is $479)
This county:

$370
State:

$632


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $76,707 (it was $47,300 in 2000)
Deaf Smith County:

$76,707
Texas:

$125,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $46,369 - $113,898

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $131,125
Here:

$131,125
State:

$177,060

Townhouses or other attached units: $22,627
Here:

$22,627
State:

$170,403

In 2-unit structures: $22,653
Here:

$22,653
State:

$137,980

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $30,294
Here:

$30,294
State:

$142,391

Mobile homes: $20,846
Here:

$20,846
State:

$42,156

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $14,240
Here:

$14,240
State:

$34,447
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,133
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $285

Institutionalized population: 212

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):


Deaf Smith County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,349 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $926 (1.4%)


Deaf Smith County household income distribution in 2009 Deaf Smith County home values distribution


Deaf Smith County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 17.8%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.5% for Black residents, 22.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 31.5% for other race residents, 14.5% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 31 years old
(Males: 30 years old, Females: 32 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 32 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 30 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

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

20.6%
Whole state:

15.4%

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

8.9%
Whole state:

6.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Deaf Smith County is $401 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $703 a month.

Cities in this county include: Hereford.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Deaf Smith County: Conkwright Ranch (A), Moser Ranch (B), Rock Camp (C), South Headquarters (D), The Cook Shack (E), Perrin Brothers Farm (F), Red Windmill (G), Allison Ranch (H), Bynum Ranch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Deaf Smith County include: Palo Duro Church (A), Community Church (B), Calvary Church (C), Bippus Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Rest Lawn Cemetery (1), West Park Cemetery (2), Palo Duro Wildorado Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Overstreet Lake (A), Mustang Lake (B), Red Windmill Lake (C), Hay Lake (D), Dodson Lake (E), Garcia Lake (F), Norton Lake (G), Montgomery Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Tierra Blanca Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Curry County, New Mexico , Quay County, New Mexico , Castro County , Oldham County , Parmer County , Potter County , Randall County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 553
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 60.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,152 (36% naturalized citizens)

Deaf Smith County:

11.6%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 83.2%

Deaf Smith County marital status for males
Deaf Smith County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Deaf Smith County with a mortgage: 1,786 (35 second mortgage, 107 home equity loan, 9 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,677

Here:

51.6% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 82.22%
Here82.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 15,261
Total congregations: 28

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of the NazareneChurches of Christ
Adherents7,475 (49.0%)4,094 (26.8%)1,692 (11.1%)753 (4.9%)466 (3.1%)
Congregations2 (7.1%)9 (32.1%)3 (10.7%)2 (7.1%)4 (14.3%)
NameAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)Lutheran ChurchEpiscopal ChurchOther
Adherents382 (2.5%)161 (1.1%)89 (0.6%)66 (0.4%)83 (0.5%)
Congregations3 (10.7%)1 (3.6%)1 (3.6%)1 (3.6%)2 (7.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Deaf Smith County - Hereford

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

1.63 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Deaf Smith County:

0.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
This county:

5.98 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Deaf Smith County:

5.98 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.1%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.9%
Texas:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Deaf Smith County:

13.1%
State:

15.7%


Agriculture in Deaf Smith County:

Average size of farms: 1372 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $1,197,464
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 95.38%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $1,187,255
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $144,455
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 76.96%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 54.68
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.52%
Corn for grain: 14573 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 73628 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 35529 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 3014 harvested acres
Vegetables: 749 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Deaf Smith County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Texas state average. It is 1.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 24 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/19/1971, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 24 people

Earthquake activity:

Deaf Smith County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 81% 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 51.8 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 52.8 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 49.7 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 66.9 miles away from Deaf Smith County center
On 9/24/2003 at 15:02:09, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 50.4 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 51.9 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 Deaf Smith County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 4

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (20%)
  • Food (18%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Food processing workers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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




Most common first ancestries reported in Deaf Smith County (%):





Deaf Smith County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,546 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 961 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 24 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 14 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 6 (0%)
  • Walked: 127 (2%)
  • Other means: 136 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 199 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Deaf Smith County, Texas in 2000:

People in group quarters in Deaf Smith County, Texas in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,954.

6.99% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($20,759 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.99%
Texas average:

8.37%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.80% relocated from other counties in Texas ($16,940 average AGI)
2.19% relocated from other states ($3,816 average AGI)
Deaf Smith County:

2.19%
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 Potter County, TX  1.15% ($19,697 average AGI)
from Randall County, TX  0.66% ($32,737)
from Castro County, TX  0.52% ($22,900)
from Parmer County, TX  0.40% ($26,957)
from Lamb County, TX  0.17% ($16,900)
from Lubbock County, TX  0.17% ($24,300)


8.20% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,904 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.20%
Texas average:

7.44%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.23% relocated to other counties in Texas ($23,249 average AGI)
1.97% relocated to other states ($7,653 average AGI)
Deaf Smith County:

1.97%
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 Potter County, TX  1.36% ($27,873 average AGI)
to Randall County, TX  1.20% ($36,429)
to Parmer County, TX  0.43% ($32,160)
to Lubbock County, TX  0.33% ($21,211)
to Tarrant County, TX  0.22% ($36,462)
to Castro County, TX  0.21% ($20,333)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 20.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 19.8

Births per 1000 population in Deaf Smith County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Deaf Smith County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Deaf Smith County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,432 (2,140 aged, 292 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 26%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.4
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 5780.660
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 189.090
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 38752.03

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1974.320
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 879.280
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16.18

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.99
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 70.13

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10.79

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

Household type by relationship:

Households: 19,001

Size of family households: 1,702 2-persons, 994 3-persons, 929 4-persons, 688 5-persons, 298 6-persons, 232 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,287 1-person, 181 2-persons, 24 3-persons, 18 4-persons, 7 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

51.1% of residents of Deaf Smith County speak English at home.
48.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (89% speak English very well, 11% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (80% speak English very well, 20% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $118,279,000 ($6390 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $520,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $31,302,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $22,211,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $28,929,000
Federal grants: $32,870,000
Federal procurement contracts: $831,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,136,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $100,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,186,000
Federal Government insurance: $28,378,000

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

Births: 1,836
Here:

99 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 771
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +312
Here:

+17 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,372
Here -74 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Deaf Smith County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.52 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Deaf Smith County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 131
  • 3 rooms: 275
  • 4 rooms: 571
  • 5 rooms: 1,302
  • 6 rooms: 964
  • 7 rooms: 492
  • 8 rooms: 214
  • 9+ rooms: 212
  • 1 room: 22
  • 2 rooms: 163
  • 3 rooms: 334
  • 4 rooms: 643
  • 5 rooms: 453
  • 6 rooms: 282
  • 7 rooms: 78
  • 8 rooms: 25
  • 9+ rooms: 12
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Deaf Smith County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 34
  • 1 bedroom: 278
  • 2 bedrooms: 870
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,422
  • 4 bedrooms: 512
  • 5+ bedrooms: 52
  • no bedroom: 65
  • 1 bedroom: 359
  • 2 bedrooms: 922
  • 3 bedrooms: 571
  • 4 bedrooms: 82
  • 5+ bedrooms: 13
Cars and other vehicles available in Deaf Smith County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 130
  • 1 vehicle: 1,170
  • 2 vehicles: 1,874
  • 3 vehicles: 791
  • 4 vehicles: 124
  • 5+ vehicles: 79
  • no vehicle: 419
  • 1 vehicle: 962
  • 2 vehicles: 468
  • 3 vehicles: 115
  • 4 vehicles: 42
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

58% of Deaf Smith County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 67% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 73% lived in Texas.

Deaf Smith County:

58.4%
State average:

51.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $24,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Deaf Smith County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (79.6%)
  • Electricity (14.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.2%)
  • Utility gas (76.9%)
  • Electricity (17.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.4%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 195
Here:

6.6%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 31
Here:

2.2%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 63
Here:

13.8%
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

Deaf Smith County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Deaf Smith County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Deaf Smith County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Deaf Smith County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Deaf Smith County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Deaf Smith County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary9679.8 years
John7577.1 years
William7176.4 years
James7077.5 years
Robert5173.7 years
George4375.3 years
Maria4268.9 years
Charles4072.0 years
Jose3068.2 years
Joe2974.9 years
Most common last names in Deaf Smith County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4579.2 years
Garcia3968.6 years
Williams3278.8 years
Jones2976.0 years
Davis2377.5 years
Gonzales2274.6 years
Martinez2172.8 years
White2168.0 years
Rodriguez2065.6 years
Walker2073.4 years
Businesses in Deaf Smith County, TX
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1McDonald's1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Best Western1RadioShack1
CVS1SONIC Drive-In1
Curves1Subway2
Dairy Queen1Taco Bell1
FedEx1True Value2
H&R Block1U-Haul2
Holiday Inn1UPS1
KFC1Verizon Wireless1
Lane Furniture1Walmart1
Long John Silver's1YMCA1

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