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Hale County, Texas (TX)


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County population in 2012: 36,385 (77% urban, 23% rural); it was 36,602 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,816
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,832
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 7,765
Renter-occupied apartments: 4,198 (it was 4,210 in 2000)
% of renters here:

35%
State:

36%

Land area: 1005 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 36 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Hale County: 80.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.7%), Manufacturing (14.0%), Retail trade (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Hale County, Texas:


Median resident age:  32.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years

Males: 18,737  (51.1%)
Females: 17,536  (48.9%)

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Hale County,TX real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Hale County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $37,807 ($31,280 in 1999)
This county:

$37807
Texas:

$48259

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $426 (lower quartile is $334, upper quartile is $519)
This county:

$426
State:

$632


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $75,967 (it was $53,300 in 2000)
Hale County:

$75,967
Texas:

$125,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $41,561 - $117,982

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $127,823
Here:

$127,823
State:

$177,060

Townhouses or other attached units: $116,215
Here:

$116,215
State:

$170,403

In 2-unit structures: $182,287
Here:

$182,287
State:

$137,980

Mobile homes: $54,212
Here:

$54,212
State:

$42,156

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $12,268
Here:

$12,268
State:

$34,447
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,194
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $300

Institutionalized population: 2,344

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):


Hale 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: $1,366 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $756 (1.2%)


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


Hale County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 18.0%
(9.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.6% for Black residents, 24.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.0% for other race residents, 17.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 32 years old
(Males: 31 years old, Females: 33 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 35 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 27 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

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

18.0%
Whole state:

15.4%

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

6.6%
Whole state:

6.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Hale County is $411 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $593 a month.

Cities in this county include: Plainview, Hale Center, Seth Ward, Petersburg, Edmonson.

Hale County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Local government website: www.texasonline.net/halecounty

Click to draw/clear Hale County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Hale County: East Mound Cotton Gin (A), Farmers Spur (B), Four Hundred Cotton Gin (C), Happy Union Community Center (D), Heck Cotton Gin (E), West Side Cotton Gin (F), High Plains Research Foundation (G), Lakeside Park Country Club (H), Olton Pumping Station (I), Alley (J), Halfway Volunteer Fire Department (K), Hale County Farm and Ranch Museum (L). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Hale County include: Valley View Church (A), Happy Union Church (B), Lakeview Church (C), Mayfield Church (D), Seth Ward Baptist Church (E), La Primera Mexican Baptist Church (F), Greater New Hope Holy Baptist Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hale Center Cemetery (1), Halfway Cemetery (2), Center Plains Cemetery (3), Strip Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Julia Lake (A), Duncan Lake (B), Givens Lake (C), Soil Conservation Service Site 2 Reservoir (D), Soil Conservation Service Site 4 Reservoir (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Hale County include: Halfway Park (1), Frisco Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Castro County , Crosby County , Floyd County , Hockley County , Lamb County , Lubbock County , Swisher County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 1,730
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 65.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 3,004 (35% naturalized citizens)

Hale County:

8.2%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 86.1%

Hale County marital status for males
Hale County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Hale County with a mortgage: 3,081 (44 second mortgage, 166 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,517

Here:

46.7% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 88.01%
Here88.0%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 32,214
Total congregations: 67

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of ChristAssemblies of God
Adherents15,578 (48.4%)9,248 (28.7%)2,485 (7.7%)1,872 (5.8%)637 (2.0%)
Congregations21 (31.3%)5 (7.5%)6 (9.0%)11 (16.4%)5 (7.5%)
NameChurch of the NazareneBaptist Missionary Association of AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Other
Adherents498 (1.5%)367 (1.1%)308 (1.0%)301 (0.9%)920 (2.9%)
Congregations4 (6.0%)1 (1.5%)2 (3.0%)1 (1.5%)11 (16.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Hale County - Plainview, Hale Center, Seth Ward, Petersburg, Edmonson

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

1.41 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 17
This county:

4.78 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 24
Hale County:

6.75 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.7%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.8%
Texas:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Hale County:

15.4%
State:

15.7%


Agriculture in Hale County:

Average size of farms: 661 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $246,171
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $297.89
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 54.34%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $223,344
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 57.07%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 81.30%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $108,456
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 80.87%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.52
Corn for grain: 15553 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 30581 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 221719 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 5563 harvested acres
Vegetables: 4,453 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 221 acres

Tornado activity:

Hale County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 5.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 11 fatalities and 155 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/2/1965, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 4 people and injured 76 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Hale County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 98% 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 94.4 miles away from the county center
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 89.6 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 90.3 miles away from the county center
On 9/24/2003 at 15:02:09, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.8 miles away from Hale County center
On 8/7/2000 at 17:19:08, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 89.7 miles away from the county center
On 1/29/2008 at 10:24:53, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 99.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Hale County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 4

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Food (15%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (6%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Food processing workers (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4%)

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




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





Hale County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 11,407 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 2,081 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 27 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 4 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 27 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 6 (0%)
  • Walked: 379 (3%)
  • Other means: 116 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 279 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

People in group quarters in Hale County, Texas in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,468.

7.29% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,537 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.29%
Texas average:

8.37%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.60% relocated from other counties in Texas ($20,574 average AGI)
1.69% relocated from other states ($5,963 average AGI)
Hale County:

1.69%
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 Lubbock County, TX  1.44% ($24,362 average AGI)
from Floyd County, TX  0.52% ($32,831)
from Swisher County, TX  0.34% ($30,026)
from Lamb County, TX  0.33% ($24,946)
from Castro County, TX  0.22% ($21,440)
from Potter County, TX  0.19% ($28,364)
from Randall County, TX  0.18% ($25,400)


8.60% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,769 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.60%
Texas average:

7.44%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
7.15% relocated to other counties in Texas ($23,433 average AGI)
1.45% relocated to other states ($4,335 average AGI)
Hale 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 Lubbock County, TX  2.24% ($30,306 average AGI)
to Floyd County, TX  0.38% ($23,955)
to Potter County, TX  0.37% ($21,116)
to Swisher County, TX  0.37% ($19,465)
to Randall County, TX  0.26% ($39,400)
to Tarrant County, TX  0.24% ($33,321)
to Denton County, TX  0.17% ($26,700)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 18.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.6

Births per 1000 population in Hale County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Hale County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Hale County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,274 (4,651 aged, 623 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.78
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6417.050
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 86.04
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 33267.65

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1647.670
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 996.330

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 19.09
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 102.120

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16.56

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 33,471

Size of family households: 3,347 2-persons, 1,842 3-persons, 1,766 4-persons, 1,017 5-persons, 482 6-persons, 327 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,633 1-person, 350 2-persons, 53 3-persons, 19 4-persons, 7 5-persons, 3 6-persons.

60.7% of residents of Hale County speak English at home.
38.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (72% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 2% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (73% speak English very well, 27% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $228,573,000 ($6344 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,395,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $70,110,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $56,466,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $46,107,000
Federal grants: $47,146,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,646,000 ($7,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $7,098,000 ($718,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,774,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $23,032,000
Federal Government insurance: $89,297,000

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

Births: 3,366
Here:

93 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,542
Here:

43 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +475
Here:

+13 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -2,619
Here -72 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Hale County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.40 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:

4.3
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Hale County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 27
  • 2 rooms: 169
  • 3 rooms: 400
  • 4 rooms: 861
  • 5 rooms: 2,368
  • 6 rooms: 2,008
  • 7 rooms: 956
  • 8 rooms: 521
  • 9+ rooms: 455
  • 1 room: 95
  • 2 rooms: 424
  • 3 rooms: 680
  • 4 rooms: 1,166
  • 5 rooms: 1,040
  • 6 rooms: 517
  • 7 rooms: 165
  • 8 rooms: 79
  • 9+ rooms: 44
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Hale County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 86
  • 1 bedroom: 447
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,842
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,580
  • 4 bedrooms: 683
  • 5+ bedrooms: 127
  • no bedroom: 216
  • 1 bedroom: 887
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,750
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,185
  • 4 bedrooms: 133
  • 5+ bedrooms: 39
Cars and other vehicles available in Hale County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 336
  • 1 vehicle: 2,039
  • 2 vehicles: 3,811
  • 3 vehicles: 1,246
  • 4 vehicles: 280
  • 5+ vehicles: 53
  • no vehicle: 504
  • 1 vehicle: 2,186
  • 2 vehicles: 1,230
  • 3 vehicles: 222
  • 4 vehicles: 48
  • 5+ vehicles: 20

52% of Hale County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 59% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 82% lived in Texas.

Hale County:

51.7%
State average:

51.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $26,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Hale County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (75.3%)
  • Electricity (21.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.9%)
  • Utility gas (79.2%)
  • Electricity (16.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.1%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 171
Here:

3.3%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 105
Here:

4.0%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 746
Here:

46.4%
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 Debt

Hale County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Hale County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Hale County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Hale County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Hale 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 Hale County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John19076.0 years
William17676.7 years
James17576.1 years
Mary15980.9 years
Robert9972.6 years
George7676.8 years
Charles7473.6 years
Joe7368.1 years
Roy6674.7 years
Willie6576.5 years
Most common last names in Hale County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith11077.8 years
Williams8474.9 years
Jones7578.3 years
Davis7375.9 years
Johnson6675.1 years
Brown6179.3 years
Garcia5269.9 years
Martinez5270.2 years
Rodriguez4671.2 years
King4178.5 years
Businesses in Hale County, TX
NameCountNameCount
AutoZone1Long John Silver's1
Best Western1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Burger King1Maurices1
CVS1McDonald's2
Comfort Suites1Nike4
Dairy Queen1Payless1
Days Inn1Pizza Hut1
Domino's Pizza1RadioShack1
FedEx3SONIC Drive-In2
GNC1Sears1
GameStop1Sprint Nextel1
Goodwill2Subway1
H&R Block1Super 81
Holiday Inn1T-Mobile1
IHOP1Taco Bell1
JCPenney1U-Haul4
Jimmy John's3UPS7
KFC1Verizon Wireless1
Lane Furniture1Walmart1
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