Jim Wells County, Texas (TX)

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County population in 2012: 41,754 (60% urban, 40% rural); it was 39,326 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,341
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,830
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 9,913
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,790 (it was 3,048 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

36%

Land area: 865 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 48 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Jim Wells County: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (64.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Jim Wells County, Texas:

  • Hispanic or Latino (79.0%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (19.7%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 20,107  (47.0%)
Females: 20,731  (53.0%)

Jim Wells County,TX real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Jim Wells County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $42,423 ($28,843 in 1999)

This county:

$42423
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $534 (lower quartile is $419, upper quartile is $635)
This county:

$534
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $70,659 (it was $40,400 in 2000)
Jim Wells:

$70,659
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $37,864 - $127,545
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,033
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $341

Institutionalized population: 345

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):

Jim Wells County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 32 buildings, average cost: $97,900
  • 2008: 31 buildings, average cost: $105,200
  • 2009: 11 buildings, average cost: $130,500

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: $1,635 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $632 (1.1%)

Jim Wells County household income distribution in 2009 Jim Wells County home values distribution Jim Wells County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 22.5%
(13.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.8% for Black residents, 24.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.7% for American Indian residents, 33.2% for other race residents, 42.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 22.0%
Jim Wells County:

22.0%
Texas:

17.5%
(14.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.8% for Black residents, 23.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 27.8% for American Indian residents, 31.3% for other race residents, 42.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 34 years old
(Males: 32 years old, Females: 36 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 61 years old, American Indian residents: 50 years old, Asian residents: 52 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 31 years old, Other race residents: 43 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Jim Wells County is $435 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $643 a month.

Cities in this county include: Alice, Premont, Rancho Alegre, Orange Grove, Owl Ranch-Amargosa, Alice Acres, Alfred-South La Paloma, Sandia, Coyote Acres, K-Bar Ranch.

Jim Wells 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 Jim Wells County: Alice Country Club (A), Agua Fria Windmill (B), Devisadero Windmill (C), Ebanito Windmill (D), Edwardo Windmill (E), Ella Windmill (F), Guajalote Windmill (G), Javalina Windmill (H), King Ranch Windmill (I), La Patrona Windmill (J), Ladder Windmill (K), Lamar Windmill (L), Llano Ancho Windmill (M), Los Jaboncillos Ranch (N), Moos Windmill (O), Nancy Windmill (P), Narciso Windmill (Q), New Well Windmill (R), New Windmill (S), Ochento Windmill (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Jim Wells County: San Jose Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Adams Cemetery (1), Amargosa Cemetery (2), Barrera Cemetery (3), Cadenas Cemetery (4), Calaveras Cemetery (5), Dilworth Cemetery (6), Old Ranch Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Big Lake (A), Trinidad Lake (B), Willie Tank (C), Salado Tank (D), Rye Tank (E), Rosita Tank (F), Romera Tank (G), Olmo Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Trinidad Creek (A), Toro Creek (B), Tecolote Creek (C), San Diego Creek (D), Resaca de Enmedio (E), Nopaleras Creek (F), Narciseno Creek (G), Muerto Creek (H), Javelina Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Brooks County , Duval County , Kleberg County , Live Oak County , Nueces County , San Patricio County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.7%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 1,531
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 64.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,413 (47% naturalized citizens)

Jim Wells County:

3.6%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 172
  • 1990 to 1994: 190
  • 1985 to 1989: 122
  • 1980 to 1984: 168
  • 1975 to 1979: 100
  • 1970 to 1974: 213
  • 1970 to 1974: 125
  • 1965 to 1969: 323

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 72.2%

Jim Wells County marital status for males Jim Wells County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Jim Wells County with a mortgage: 2,626 (15 second mortgage, 136 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,635

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Jim Wells County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic17,2589
Evangelical Protestant7,66031
Mainline Protestant9668
Other6032
Black Protestant1931
Orthodox372
None14,121-
Jim Wells 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: 10
Jim Wells County:

2.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
This county:

1.70 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 23
Jim Wells County:

5.59 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 23
This county:

5.59 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Jim Wells County:

8.9%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Jim Wells County:

27.0%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.4%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Jim Wells County:

Average size of farms: 546 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $51,912
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $125.29
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 71.93%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $52,381
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 21.31%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 4.73%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $29,779
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.02%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.94
Corn for grain: 22394 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 10937 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,050 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 53 acres

Tornado activity:

Jim Wells County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 3307166.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 8/10/1980, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Jim Wells 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 76.2 miles away from Jim Wells 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 365.6 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 2.0 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 83.7 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 416.7 miles away from Jim Wells 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 83.0 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 Jim Wells County (19) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 8

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 11, Floods: 4, Storms: 3, Fires: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 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%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • Pakistan (3%)
  • Colombia (2%)
  • India (1%)
  • Nicaragua (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Jim Wells County (%):

  • German (5%)
  • United States or American (4%)
  • English (2%)
  • Irish (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)
  • Polish (0%)

Jim Wells County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 10,752 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 2,402 (17%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 23 (0%)
  • Railroad: 14 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 8 (0%)
  • Walked: 275 (2%)
  • Other means: 162 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 358 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Jim Wells County, Texas in 2000:

  • 361 people in nursing homes
  • 45 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 39 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 23 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 17 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 7 people in religious group quarters
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 6 people in other group homes
  • 4 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards

People in group quarters in Jim Wells County, Texas in 2010:

  • 283 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 62 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 12 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,748.

6.34% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,430 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.34%
Texas average:

7.14%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.41% relocated from other counties in Texas ($34,085 average AGI)
0.93% relocated from other states ($5,345 average AGI)
Jim Wells County:

0.93%
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 Nueces County, TX  1.39% ($42,041 average AGI)
from Duval County, TX  0.62% ($19,640)
from Bexar County, TX  0.33% ($31,065)
from San Patricio County, TX  0.30% ($42,976)
from Harris County, TX  0.29% ($40,366)
from Kleberg County, TX  0.29% ($28,683)
from Brooks County, TX  0.27% ($25,053)


5.86% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,385 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.86%
Texas average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.25% relocated to other counties in Texas ($34,730 average AGI)
0.61% relocated to other states ($3,655 average AGI)
Jim Wells County:

0.61%
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 Nueces County, TX  1.69% ($39,077 average AGI)
to Duval County, TX  0.61% ($34,238)
to San Patricio County, TX  0.30% ($28,667)
to Bexar County, TX  0.28% ($30,205)
to Kleberg County, TX  0.25% ($36,059)
to Harris County, TX  0.22% ($48,000)
to Brooks County, TX  0.17% ($27,125)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.2

Births per 1000 population in Jim Wells County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 9.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Jim Wells County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Jim Wells County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,024 (5,061 aged, 963 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.45
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7768.280
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 178.890
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 35089.57

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1611.680
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 722.820
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.33

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 14.99
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 65.93

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 2.44

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 113.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 85.4
  • Other - 28.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 40,481

Size of family households: 3,524 2-persons, 2,541 3-persons, 2,107 4-persons, 1,326 5-persons, 569 6-persons, 415 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,949 1-person, 478 2-persons, 27 3-persons, 13 4-persons, 9 5-persons, 3 6-persons.

7,683 married couples with children.
2,775 single-parent households (594 men, 2,181 women).

37.4% of residents of Jim Wells County speak English at home.
61.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (66% speak English very well, 33% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (58% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 21% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $253,746,000 ($6218 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $6,110,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $84,110,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $67,589,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,082,000
Federal grants: $88,072,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,728,000 ($704,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $7,165,000 ($1,827,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,927,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,327,000
Federal Government insurance: $47,624,000

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

Births: 3,120
Here:

76 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,667
Here:

41 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +81
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +159
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Jim Wells County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 5.83 millions of gallons per day (17% from ground, 83% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 273
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,795
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,057
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,019
  • 1970 to 1979: 3,239
  • 1960 to 1969: 2,853
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,345
  • 1940 to 1949: 881
  • 1939 or earlier: 758
Rooms in houses/apartments in Jim Wells County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 63
  • 2 rooms: 322
  • 3 rooms: 653
  • 4 rooms: 1,397
  • 5 rooms: 2,960
  • 6 rooms: 2,435
  • 7 rooms: 1,268
  • 8 rooms: 476
  • 9+ rooms: 339
  • 1 room: 98
  • 2 rooms: 274
  • 3 rooms: 542
  • 4 rooms: 766
  • 5 rooms: 773
  • 6 rooms: 312
  • 7 rooms: 169
  • 8 rooms: 51
  • 9+ rooms: 63
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Jim Wells County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 109
  • 1 bedroom: 717
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,674
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,181
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,053
  • 5+ bedrooms: 179
  • no bedroom: 155
  • 1 bedroom: 788
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,121
  • 3 bedrooms: 826
  • 4 bedrooms: 145
  • 5+ bedrooms: 13
Cars and other vehicles available in Jim Wells County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 681
  • 1 vehicle: 3,443
  • 2 vehicles: 4,119
  • 3 vehicles: 1,188
  • 4 vehicles: 351
  • 5+ vehicles: 131
  • no vehicle: 541
  • 1 vehicle: 1,560
  • 2 vehicles: 789
  • 3 vehicles: 144
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

67% of Jim Wells 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, 87% lived in Texas.

Jim Wells County:

66.7%
State average:

51.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $23,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Jim Wells County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (46.0%)
  • Utility gas (36.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.2%)
  • Electricity (54.7%)
  • Utility gas (36.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 166
Here:

2.8%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 66
Here:

2.2%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 80
Here:

6.2%
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)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Jim Wells County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Jim Wells 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 Jim Wells County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Maria21374.5 years
Jose18169.3 years
Juan12768.9 years
Guadalupe11275.5 years
John11070.3 years
Mary10178.6 years
James9672.0 years
William9273.5 years
Robert8870.4 years
Manuel8074.3 years
Most common last names in Jim Wells County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Garcia39375.3 years
Gonzalez28174.1 years
Garza21274.1 years
Perez16172.4 years
Rodriguez14374.7 years
Lopez13074.6 years
Martinez11272.4 years
Trevino10674.4 years
Ramirez10073.0 years
Saenz8772.6 years
Businesses in Jim Wells County, TX
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1La-Z-Boy1
AutoZone1Lane Furniture1
Best Western1Little Caesars Pizza1
Blockbuster1Long John Silver's1
CVS1Maurices1
Chevrolet1McDonald's3
Church's Chicken2Nike4
ColorTyme1Payless1
Cricket Wireless4Pizza Hut1
Curves1Popeyes1
Dairy Queen2RadioShack1
Days Inn1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx3Sears1
GameStop1T-Mobile2
H&R Block3U-Haul4
Holiday Inn1UPS5
JCPenney1Walgreens1
Jones New York1Walmart1
La Quinta1

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