Ward County, Texas (TX)

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County population in 2012: 10,879 (72% urban, 28% rural); it was 10,909 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,138
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,919
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,098
Renter-occupied apartments: 938 (it was 866 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

36%

Land area: 835 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 13 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Ward County: 78.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Retail trade (33.7%), Educational, health and social services (33.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 55%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 45%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Ward County, Texas:

  • Hispanic or Latino (47.6%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (46.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.4%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 5,151  (51.1%)
Females: 5,507  (48.9%)
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Average household size:
Ward County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $42,407 ($29,386 in 1999)

This county:

$42407
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $441 (lower quartile is $289, upper quartile is $559)
This county:

$441
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $58,678 (it was $31,800 in 2000)
Ward:

$58,678
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $29,339 - $111,629
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $914
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $309

Institutionalized population: 125

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):

Ward County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 15 buildings, average cost: $130,500
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $165,000
  • 2009: 7 buildings, average cost: $205,800

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $781 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $315 (0.8%)

Ward County household income distribution in 2009 Ward County home values distribution Ward County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.4%
(15.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 7.8% for Black residents, 25.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 6.2% for American Indian residents, 37.5% for other race residents, 21.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.3%
Ward County:

20.3%
Texas:

17.5%
(15.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 7.9% for Black residents, 25.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 4.5% for American Indian residents, 35.4% for other race residents, 21.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 36 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 21 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 45 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 35 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ward County is $407 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $603 a month.

Cities in this county include: Monahans, Wickett, Thorntonville, Barstow, Grandfalls, Pyote.

Ward 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 Ward County: Chapman Windmill (A), Demster Windmill (B), Dunegan Ranch (C), Estes Ranch (D), Fence Windmill (E), Gyp Flats Windmill (F), Half h Windmill (G), Harvel Windmill (H), Hays Windmill (I), High Lonesome Windmill (J), Jakes Windmill (K), Julian Windmill (L), May Windmill (M), Moon Windmill (N), New Windmill (O), North Estes Windmill (P), North Windmill (Q), North Winters Windmill (R), Railroad Windmill (S), Recorder Windmill (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Tamarisk Cemetery (1), Barstow Cemetery (2), Wilks Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Horseshoe Lake (A), Soda Lake (B), Ozark Lake (C), China Lake (D), Hackberry Lake (E), Tank on the Hill (F), The Lake (G), Division Tank (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Ward County: Monahans Sand Hills State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Crane County , Ector County , Loving County , Pecos County , Reeves County , Winkler County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.6%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 253
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 719 (49% naturalized citizens)

Ward County:

6.6%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 55
  • 1990 to 1994: 79
  • 1985 to 1989: 122
  • 1980 to 1984: 78
  • 1975 to 1979: 141
  • 1970 to 1974: 66
  • 1970 to 1974: 58
  • 1965 to 1969: 120

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 74.0%

Ward County marital status for males Ward County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Ward County with a mortgage: 945 (8 second mortgage, 24 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,508

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Ward County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,36420
Catholic2,5253
Mainline Protestant6906
Other1622
None3,917-
Ward 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
Ward County:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Ward County:

10.80 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

6.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Ward County:

9.8%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Ward County:

27.8%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.0%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Ward County:

Average size of farms: 5414 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $19,545
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $22,080
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.09%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $20,006
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.02%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 0.64
Land in orchards: 21 acres

Tornado activity:

Ward County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 7524510.0 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 18 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/19/1977, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 18 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Ward County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 18% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 88.2 miles away from Ward 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 56.7 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 168.1 miles away from the county center
On 12/19/2005 at 20:27:40, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.1 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 113.8 miles away from the county center
On 4/15/1995 at 14:33:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 88.1 miles away from Ward County center
On 5/23/2004 at 09:22:05, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 114.5 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 Ward County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 4

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 (95%)
  • Canada (2%)
  • Sweden (1%)
  • Germany (1%)
  • Other Australian and New Zealand Subregion (0%)
  • Panama (0%)

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

  • United States or American (13%)
  • German (7%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • English (5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)
  • Dutch (1%)

Ward County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,009 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 616 (16%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 28 (1%)
  • Walked: 72 (2%)
  • Other means: 57 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 60 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 232 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 72 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 54 people in nursing homes
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 5 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

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

  • 54 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 54 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 17 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $53,122.

7.94% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,788 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.94%
Texas average:

7.14%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.78% relocated from other counties in Texas ($25,074 average AGI)
2.16% relocated from other states ($8,714 average AGI)
Ward County:

2.16%
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 Ector County, TX  1.40% ($32,560 average AGI)
from Midland County, TX  0.59% ($34,905)
from Reeves County, TX  0.45% ($36,938)


7.65% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,371 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.65%
Texas average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.42% relocated to other counties in Texas ($35,963 average AGI)
1.24% relocated to other states ($6,408 average AGI)
Ward County:

1.24%
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 Ector County, TX  1.46% ($42,115 average AGI)
to Midland County, TX  0.90% ($47,250)
to Reeves County, TX  0.28% ($28,300)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.8

Births per 1000 population in Ward County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 10.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Ward County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Ward County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,778 (1,516 aged, 262 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 9.65
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4846.500
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 241.360
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 44931.45

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1582.490
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 986.620
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 19.54

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 16.95
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 97.68

Household type by relationship:

Households: 10,533

Size of family households: 1,188 2-persons, 631 3-persons, 501 4-persons, 320 5-persons, 136 6-persons, 69 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,016 1-person, 118 2-persons, 7 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

2,112 married couples with children.
642 single-parent households (123 men, 519 women).

63.9% of residents of Ward County speak English at home.
35.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (92% speak English very well, 8% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $60,696,000 ($5860 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,360,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $25,403,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,515,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $405,000
Federal grants: $17,942,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,101,000 ($772,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,330,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $7,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,396,000
Federal Government insurance: $140,000

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

Births: 765
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 524
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +23
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -912
Here -89 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Ward County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 7.94 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:

4.0
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 35
  • 2000 to 2004: 299
  • 1990 to 1999: 262
  • 1980 to 1989: 583
  • 1970 to 1979: 934
  • 1960 to 1969: 849
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,051
  • 1940 to 1949: 442
  • 1939 or earlier: 219
Rooms in houses/apartments in Ward County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 23
  • 2 rooms: 96
  • 3 rooms: 169
  • 4 rooms: 466
  • 5 rooms: 943
  • 6 rooms: 726
  • 7 rooms: 382
  • 8 rooms: 190
  • 9+ rooms: 103
  • 1 room: 17
  • 2 rooms: 75
  • 3 rooms: 194
  • 4 rooms: 274
  • 5 rooms: 158
  • 6 rooms: 111
  • 7 rooms: 27
  • 8 rooms: 4
  • 9+ rooms: 6
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Ward County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 55
  • 1 bedroom: 205
  • 2 bedrooms: 766
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,686
  • 4 bedrooms: 354
  • 5+ bedrooms: 32
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 231
  • 2 bedrooms: 368
  • 3 bedrooms: 228
  • 4 bedrooms: 20
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Ward County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 114
  • 1 vehicle: 1,004
  • 2 vehicles: 1,470
  • 3 vehicles: 383
  • 4 vehicles: 92
  • 5+ vehicles: 35
  • no vehicle: 207
  • 1 vehicle: 428
  • 2 vehicles: 199
  • 3 vehicles: 32
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

60% of Ward County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 83% lived in Texas.

Ward County:

60.3%
State average:

51.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $11,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 7%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Ward County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (66.1%)
  • Electricity (24.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.9%)
  • No fuel used (0.5%)
  • Utility gas (65.5%)
  • Electricity (28.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.3%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 20
Here:

1.3%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 74
Here:

7.9%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 19
Here:

8.9%
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)

Ward County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Own Hospitals: $6,756,000
    General - Other: $1,635,000
    Health Services - Other: $1,256,000
    Regular Highways: $952,000
    Corrections - Other: $874,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $639,000
    Financial Administration: $598,000
    Police Protection: $565,000
    General Public Buildings: $390,000
    Parks & Recreation: $370,000
    Libraries: $164,000
    Central Staff Services: $128,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $72,000
    Fire Protection: $64,000
    Welfare - Other: $54,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $65,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $16,000
    Water Utilities: $13,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $113,000
    Police Protection: $6,000
    Corrections - Other: $4,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $6,266,000

Ward County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $6,139,000
    All Other: $617,000
    Parks & Recreation: $20,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $671,000
    Housing & Community Development: $13,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $336,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,118,000
    Interest Earnings: $337,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $141,000
    General Support: $53,000
    Highways: $14,000
  • Tax - Property: $5,328,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $307,000
    Other Selective Sales: $4,000
    NEC: $4,000

Ward County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Industrial Revenue: $923,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $923,000

Ward County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $3,732,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Ward 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 Ward County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John7674.5 years
William7074.9 years
James6171.7 years
Mary4878.9 years
Robert4272.5 years
Charles3266.7 years
George3175.9 years
Thomas2873.0 years
Henry2371.8 years
Maria1972.8 years
Most common last names in Ward County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4074.0 years
Williams3077.2 years
Brown2173.6 years
Garcia1970.8 years
Jones1876.1 years
White1872.0 years
Harris1772.0 years
Gonzales1570.3 years
Moore1567.5 years
Rodriguez1465.9 years
Businesses in Ward County, TX
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1McDonald's1
Alco Stores1Nike1
Best Western1RadioShack1
Chevrolet1SONIC Drive-In1
Dairy Queen1Subway2
FedEx1U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
Lane Furniture1