Childress County is a
county located in the U.S. state of Texas.
2000, its population was 7,688. It is named for George Campbell Childress
author of the Texas
Declaration of Independence
. The seat of the
county is Childress .
Bradley 3 Ranch, operated by matriarch
Minnie Lou Bradley, is entirely
in Childress County but has a Memphis (Hall
County) mailing address.
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 714 square miles (1,848 km²),
of which, 710 square miles (1,840 km²) of it is land and
3 square miles (8 km²) of it (0.46%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 7,688
people, 2,474 households, and 1,650 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,059 housing
units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 67.70% White
, 14.09% Black
or African American
, 0.33% Native American
, 0.30% Asian
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 15.70% from
, and 1.83%
from two or more races. 20.47% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 2,474 households out of which 31.30% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples
living together, 11.40% had a
female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were
non-families. 30.80% of all households were made up of individuals
and 16.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or
older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family
size was 3.00.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the
age of 18, 12.10% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from
45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 142.40 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 149.50
The median income for a household in the county was $27,457, and
the median income for a family was $35,543. Males had a median
income of $25,606 versus $20,037 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$12,452. About 13.70% of families and 17.60% of the population were
below the poverty line
28.30% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or