Stephens County, Texas (TX)

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County population in 2012: 9,464 (61% urban, 39% rural); it was 9,674 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,147
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,552
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,649
Renter-occupied apartments: 966 (it was 1,012 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

36%

Land area: 895 sq. mi.

Water area: 26.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 11 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Stephens County: 79.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (30.9%), Educational, health and social services (26.8%), Public administration (24.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 50%
  • Government: 41%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Stephens County, Texas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (75.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (20.9%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (2.0%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 4,975  (51.0%)
Females: 4,655  (49.0%)
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Average household size:
Stephens County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,570 ($29,583 in 1999)

This county:

$41570
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $373 (lower quartile is $291, upper quartile is $629)
This county:

$373
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $74,141 (it was $44,200 in 2000)
Stephens:

$74,141
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $42,522 - $139,035
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $916
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $404

Institutionalized population: 591

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):

Stephens County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $14,000
  • 2009: 0 buildings

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,341 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $892 (1.3%)

Stephens County household income distribution in 2009 Stephens County home values distribution Stephens County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.8%
(13.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.1% for Black residents, 40.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 34.8% for other race residents, 47.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.7%
Stephens County:

18.7%
Texas:

17.5%
(13.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.0% for Black residents, 39.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.9% for other race residents, 48.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 54 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Stephens County is $368 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $666 a month.

Cities in this county include: Breckenridge.

Stephens 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 Stephens County: La Casa Valley Boys Ranch (A), Museum of Aircraft Perservation (B), Community Building (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Stephens County include: Union Hill Church (A), Church of God (B), Little Flock Church (C), New Hope Church (D), Oak Grove Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Acker Cemetery (1), Veale Creek Cemetery (2), Moon Cemetery (3), Baker Cemetery (4), Snake Den Cemetery (5), Battle Creek Cemetery (6), Bee Branch Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Hubbard Creek Lake (A), Henslee Lake Number 3 (B), Union Lake (C), Twin Lakes (D), Carey Lake (E), Pitzer Lake (F), T P Lake (G), Lake Necessity (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Buck Branch (A), Yellow Branch (B), Wagon Timber Creek (C), Veale Creek (D), Turner Branch (E), Sow Branch (F), Six Shooter Creek (G), Rush Branch (H), Post Oak Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Stephens County: Joe K Boyce Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Eastland County , Palo Pinto County , Shackelford County , Throckmorton County , Young County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.5%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 346
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 642 (25% naturalized citizens)

Stephens County:

6.6%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 71
  • 1990 to 1994: 288
  • 1985 to 1989: 43
  • 1980 to 1984: 80
  • 1975 to 1979: 83
  • 1970 to 1974: 25
  • 1970 to 1974: 38
  • 1965 to 1969: 14

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 81.6%

Stephens County marital status for males Stephens County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Stephens County with a mortgage: 834 (6 second mortgage, 36 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,117

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Stephens County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,25220
Catholic1,2001
Mainline Protestant9885
Other32
None2,187-
Stephens 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: 2
Stephens County:

2.11 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Stephens County:

5.27 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Stephens County:

9.6%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Stephens County:

27.0%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.8%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Stephens County:

Average size of farms: 984 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $20,132
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $32.07
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: 94.32%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $15,846
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.62%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.31%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $24,455
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.72%
Average age of principal farm operators: 60 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.92
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.04%
All wheat for grain: 7590 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 208 acres

Tornado activity:

Stephens County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 7605033.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/9/2008, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 6 people and caused $1 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Stephens County-area historical earthquake activity is near Texas state average. It is 73% 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 112.8 miles away from Stephens 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) earthquake occurred 315.4 miles away from the county center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 249.0 miles away from the county center
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 192.9 miles away from the county center
On 4/28/1998 at 14:13:01, a magnitude 4.2 (3.9 MB, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 144.0 miles away from Stephens County center
On 1/18/1995 at 15:51:39, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 158.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Stephens County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 6, Floods: 3, Hurricanes: 3, Storms: 3, Tornado: 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 (85%)
  • Pakistan (2%)
  • Cambodia (2%)
  • Canada (2%)
  • India (2%)
  • France (1%)
  • Thailand (1%)

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

  • United States or American (22%)
  • English (11%)
  • German (10%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Stephens County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,011 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 677 (18%)
  • Walked: 47 (1%)
  • Other means: 46 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 86 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 514 people in state prisons
  • 118 people in nursing homes
  • 17 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 486 people in state prisons
  • 88 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 17 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,757.

7.31% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,418 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.31%
Texas average:

7.14%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.62% relocated from other counties in Texas ($29,226 average AGI)
1.69% relocated from other states ($6,197 average AGI)
Stephens County:

1.69%
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 Tarrant County, TX  0.56% ($28,688 average AGI)
from Lubbock County, TX  0.39% ($39,636)
from Taylor County, TX  0.39% ($20,364)


7.28% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,686 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.28%
Texas average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.29% relocated to other counties in Texas ($30,068 average AGI)
0.98% relocated to other states ($4,623 average AGI)
Stephens County:

0.98%
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 Tarrant County, TX  0.63% ($19,278 average AGI)
to Eastland County, TX  0.56% ($27,875)
to Taylor County, TX  0.53% ($23,867)
to Young County, TX  0.35% ($27,800)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.9

Births per 1000 population in Stephens County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Stephens County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Stephens County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,777 (1,559 aged, 218 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 10.5
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10931.43
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 346.530
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 64632.99

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1338.770
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1443.360
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10.46

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 30.58
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 115.050

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10.46

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,039

Size of family households: 1,231 2-persons, 513 3-persons, 388 4-persons, 227 5-persons, 91 6-persons, 69 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,039 1-person, 98 2-persons, 9 3-persons.

1,584 married couples with children.
512 single-parent households (143 men, 369 women).

86.8% of residents of Stephens County speak English at home.
12.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 28% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $52,269,000 ($5489 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,278,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $23,965,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,660,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $501,000
Federal grants: $9,280,000
Federal procurement contracts: $479,000 ($96,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,385,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $0,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $562,000
Federal Government insurance: $9,479,000

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

Births: 688
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 569
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +66
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -282
Here -29 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Stephens County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 11.29 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 82
  • 2000 to 2004: 276
  • 1990 to 1999: 563
  • 1980 to 1989: 685
  • 1970 to 1979: 963
  • 1960 to 1969: 622
  • 1950 to 1959: 767
  • 1940 to 1949: 352
  • 1939 or earlier: 613
Rooms in houses/apartments in Stephens County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 23
  • 2 rooms: 59
  • 3 rooms: 102
  • 4 rooms: 413
  • 5 rooms: 792
  • 6 rooms: 653
  • 7 rooms: 371
  • 8 rooms: 141
  • 9+ rooms: 95
  • 1 room: 15
  • 2 rooms: 48
  • 3 rooms: 165
  • 4 rooms: 265
  • 5 rooms: 280
  • 6 rooms: 161
  • 7 rooms: 62
  • 8 rooms: 16
  • 9+ rooms: 0
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Stephens County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 30
  • 1 bedroom: 116
  • 2 bedrooms: 819
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,490
  • 4 bedrooms: 167
  • 5+ bedrooms: 27
  • no bedroom: 28
  • 1 bedroom: 179
  • 2 bedrooms: 406
  • 3 bedrooms: 355
  • 4 bedrooms: 44
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Stephens County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 140
  • 1 vehicle: 735
  • 2 vehicles: 1,311
  • 3 vehicles: 349
  • 4 vehicles: 102
  • 5+ vehicles: 12
  • no vehicle: 127
  • 1 vehicle: 551
  • 2 vehicles: 267
  • 3 vehicles: 62
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

59% of Stephens County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 49% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 76% lived in Texas.

Stephens County:

58.8%
State average:

51.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $22,100


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 Stephens County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (44.5%)
  • Electricity (42.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.6%)
  • Wood (1.7%)
  • Electricity (51.8%)
  • Utility gas (42.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.5%)
  • Wood (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 32
Here:

2.7%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 29
Here:

4.3%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 49
Here:

14.9%
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)

Stephens County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $7,304,000
    General - Other: $954,000
    Central Staff Services: $815,000
    Regular Highways: $730,000
    Police Protection: $270,000
    Correctional Institutions: $229,000
    Financial Administration: $212,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $172,000
    Health - Other: $78,000
    Corrections - Other: $41,000
    General Public Buildings: $17,000
    Air Transportation: $14,000
    Libraries: $12,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $10,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Local Fire Protection: $67,000
    Central Staff Services: $36,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $25,000
    General - Other: $3,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $115,000
    Hospitals: $58,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,762,000

Stephens County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $7,243,000
    All Other: $325,000
    Air Transportation: $8,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $187,000
    Royalties: $105,000
    Interest Earnings: $54,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $8,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $43,000
    Highways: $15,000
    Public Welfare: $9,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,689,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $414,000
    Other License: $8,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $6,000
    Other Selective Sales: $4,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $1,000

Stephens County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $830,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Stephens County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Stephens County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary3478.1 years
James3374.5 years
Robert2873.1 years
John2376.8 years
William2274.9 years
Dorothy1978.9 years
George1673.5 years
Betty1468.1 years
Billy1463.3 years
Ruth1284.3 years
Most common last names in Stephens County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones1578.4 years
Brown1479.6 years
Williams1469.8 years
King1271.8 years
Davis1182.3 years
Smith1180.4 years
Walker1072.6 years
Harris1083.4 years
Miller976.7 years
Harrison979.2 years
Businesses in Stephens County, TX
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven2McDonald's1
Ace Hardware1Nike1
CVS1SONIC Drive-In1
Chevrolet1Subway1
FedEx2U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
Lane Furniture1Walmart1