County population in 2012: 49,811 (53% urban, 47% rural); it was 48,499 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,156 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 6,038 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 12,825 Renter-occupied apartments: 6,635 (it was 6,252 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 917 sq. mi. Water area: 15.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 55 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lamar County: 81.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.9%), Manufacturing (15.2%), Retail trade (13.3%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,294 (1.5%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $684 (1.0%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 16.6%
(13.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.6% for Black residents, 30.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 14.9% for American Indian residents, 73.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 19.1% for other race residents, 48.8% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lamar County is $420 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $527 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $664 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Lamar County: Paris Country Club (A), Paris Drag Strip (B), Camp Maxey (C), Flying Tigers Museum (D), Direct Volunteer Fire Department (E), Hopewell Volunteer Fire Department (F), Tigertown Volunteer Fire Department (G), Pattonville Volunteer Fire Department (H), Faught Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (I), Novice Volunteer Fire Department (J), Brookston Volunteer Fire Department - First Responders (K), Biardstown Volunteer Fire Department (L), Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (M), Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (N), Lamar County Midway Volunteer Fire Department (O), Chicota Volunteer Fire Department (P), Powderly Volunteer Fire Department (Q), East Post Oak Volunteer Fire Department (R), Taylortown Volunteer Fire Department (S), Cunningham Volunteer Fire Department (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Lamar County include: United Methodist Church (A), Church of God (B), Assembly of God Church (C), Presbyterian Church (D), Bibleway Church (E), Palestine Church (F), Church of Christ (G), Union Church (H), Pleasant Valley Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: McGalasson Cemetery (1), Red Oak Cemetery (2), Antioch Cemetery (3), Pyles Cemetery (4), Cottonwood Cemetery (5), McDonald Cemetery (6), McEwin Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Womack Lake (A), Horseshoe Lake (B), Palmer Lake (C), Colbert Lake (D), Emerson Lake (E), Grassy Lake (F), Howard Lake (G), Grogens Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Sandy Creek (A), Bergher Creek (B), Baker Branch (C), Bee Bayou (D), Auds Creek (E), West Brushy Creek (F), Stillhouse Creek (G), Fought Creek (H), Shooter Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Lamar County include: Pat Mayse State Wildlife Management Area (1), Pat Mayse State Park 1 (2), Pat Mayse State Park 2 (3), Gambill Wildlife Refuge (4). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 273 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $22,600 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $86.02 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.92% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 69.79% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $24,665 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 29.12% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.06% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,738 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.38% Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 20.26 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.62% Corn for grain: 21559 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 20506 harvested acres Upland cotton: 1602 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 15458 harvested acres Vegetables: 84 harvested acres Land in orchards: 1,205 acres
Lamar County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 3.8 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 13 fatalities and 235 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 4/2/1982, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 10 people and injured 170 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
Lamar County-area historical earthquake activity is near Texas state average. It is 94% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
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 85.8 miles away from the county center On 5/31/1997 at 03:26:41, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 40.1 miles away from the county center On 10/20/2002 at 02:18:13, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 52.3 miles away from the county center On 4/22/2005 at 05:17:04, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 42.1 miles away from Lamar County center On 6/1/1995 at 04:49:29, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 80.2 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)
Most recent natural disasters:
Texas Hurricane Ike, Incident Period: September 7, 2008 to September 26, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3294): September 10, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3294, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Texas Wildfires, Incident Period: March 14, 2008 to September 1, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3284): March 14, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3284, Natural disaster type: Fire
Texas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 16, 2007 to August 3, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1709): June 29, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1709, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Texas Hurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 23, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1606): September 24, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1606, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Texas Hurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 20, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3261): September 21, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3261, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Texas Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3216): September 2, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3216, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Texas Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 12, 2000 to January 15, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1356): January 8, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1356, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Texas Extreme Fire Hazards, Incident Period: August 1, 1999 to December 10, 1999, Emergency Declared (EM-3142): September 1, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3142, Natural disaster type: Fire
Texas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Incident Period: April 25, 1994 to May 4, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1026): April 29, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1026, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
Texas Flooding, Severe Storm, Tornado, Incident Period: April 15, 1990 to May 29, 1990, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-863): May 2, 1990, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-863, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Lamar County (13) is near the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8 Emergencies Declared: 5
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 5, Floods: 4, Tornadoes: 4, Hurricanes: 4, Fires: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Flood: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.5 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.4
Births per 1000 population in Lamar County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population in Lamar County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.6 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lamar County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 8,618 (7,276 aged, 1,342 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.02 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 20611.55 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 535.1 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 39106.82
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1478.530 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1160.260 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10.07
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 43.44 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 82.59
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12.09
Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 67.3. This is more than state average.
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 175.5. This is more than state average.
Mechanisms of suicide:
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
Firearm - 119.9
Other - 55.6
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 41,874 (9,336 male householders, 4,283 female householders)
9,814 spouses, 14,006 children (12,601 natural, 328 adopted, 1,077 stepchildren), 1,523 grandchildren, 428 brothers or sisters, 391 parents, 694 other relatives, 1,089 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 7,206 (2,787 male householders (2,321 living alone)), 3,423 female householders (3,086 living alone)), 996 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 713 (505 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 6,196 2-persons, 3,153 3-persons, 2,482 4-persons, 1,108 5-persons, 394 6-persons, 286 7-or-more-persons.
95.3% of residents of Lamar County speak English at home.
3.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (61% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (64% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (80% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $313,133,000 ($6299 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $10,131,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $131,042,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $71,829,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,390,000 Federal grants: $91,991,000 Federal procurement contracts: $4,283,000 ($2,084,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $9,600,000 ($824,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $1,176,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,715,000 Federal Government insurance: $12,331,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
69 per 1000 residents
85 per 1000 residents
60 per 1000 residents
35 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +385
+8 per 1000 residents
+29 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +362
+7 per 1000 residents
+10 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Lamar County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 15.40 millions of gallons per day (0% from ground, 100% from surface)
50% of Lamar County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 64% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 60% lived in Texas.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 37437
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $37,500
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 Lamar County