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Erath County (pronounced EE-rath) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texasmarker. In 2000, its population was 33,001. It is named for George Bernard Erath, an early surveyor and a soldier at the Battle of San Jacintomarker. The seat of the county is Stephenvillemarker .

Erath County is also home to two of North America's largest renewable natural gas plants. The largest being operated at Huckabay Ridge, near Stephenville. The second largest being located outside of Dublin at Rio Leche Estates. On November 4th. 2008 Erath County voters elected to allow the sale of Beer and Wine in the County for off-premise consumption.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,090 square miles (2,823 km²), of which, 1,086 square miles (2,814 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.32%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 33,001 people, 12,568 households, and 8,106 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 14,422 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.72% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.78% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. 15.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,568 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.70% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.50% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 17.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 19.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,708, and the median income for a family was $39,491. Males had a median income of $27,972 versus $20,765 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,655. About 10.30% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Local media

Erath County is part of the Dallasmarker/Fort Worthmarker DMA in Northern Central Texas. This includes the following stations: KDFW-TVmarker, KXAS-TVmarker, WFAA-TVmarker, KTVT-TVmarker, KERA-TVmarker, KTXA-TVmarker, KDFI-TVmarker, KDAF-TVmarker, KFWD-TVmarker, and KDTX-TVmarker. The following are Wacomarker/Templemarker/Killeenmarker DMA stations you can also pick up via a television antenna in southern Erath County for more local information: KCEN-TVmarker, KWTX-TVmarker, KXXV-TVmarker, KWBU-TVmarker, KWKT-TVmarker, and KNCT-TVmarker, These stations can be viewed via an antenna south of a line from Dublinmarker, Stephenvillemarker, to Chalk Mountainmarker, or along and south of the U.S. Route 67 and U.S. Route 377 corridors. KWTX-TVmarker continues to be carried via Northland Cable Television in Dublin and Stephenville. In western sections of the county from a Dublinmarker, Linglevillemarker, Huckabaymarker, to Thurbermarker line or along and west of the FM 219 and State Highway 108 corridors via a television antenna you can view the Abilenemarker DMA stations for local news and information they include: KRBC-TVmarker, KXVAmarker, and KTAB-TVmarker.

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