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Llano County ( ) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texasmarker. In 2000, its population was 17,044. Its county seat is Llanomarker, and the county is named for the Llano Rivermarker.

In the 1870s, a pioneer community known as Baby Head existed in Llano County. A small child was killed by Native Americans, and her remains were left on a hill called Baby Head Mountain. Hence Jodie May McKneely (died January 1, 1884) originated the Baby Head Cemetery. The community no longer exists.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 966 square miles (2,502 km²). 2,421 km² (935 sq. mi.) of it is land and 81 km² (31 sq. mi.) of it (3.25%) is water.

Enchanted Rockmarker, a designated state natural area and popular tourist destination, is located in southern Llano county.

Two significant rivers, the Llano River and the Colorado River, flow through Llano County. These rivers contribute to Lake Buchananmarker, Inks Lakemarker, and Lake Lyndon B.marker Johnsonmarker, which are all located partially within the county.

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As of the 2000 census, there were 17,044 people, 7,879 households, and 5,365 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 11,829 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.27% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.77% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 5.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,879 households out of which 16.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.90% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.56.

In the county, the population was spread out with 15.90% under the age of 18, 4.50% from 18 to 24, 18.40% from 25 to 44, 30.50% from 45 to 64, and 30.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,830, and the median income for a family was $40,597. Males had a median income of $30,839 versus $21,126 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,547. About 7.20% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 6.00% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. Texas Historical Commission marker, 1991, Llano County, Texas

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