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Dickens County, Texas

Dickens County, Texas
The Dickens County Courthouse in Dickens.
Map of Texas highlighting Dickens County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1891
Seat Dickens
Largest city Spur
 • Total 905 sq mi (2,344 km2)
 • Land 902 sq mi (2,336 km2)
 • Water 3.5 sq mi (9 km2), 0.4%
 • (2010) 2,444
 • Density 3/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 13th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.tx.dickens.cowww

Dickens County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,444.[1] Its county seat is Dickens.[2] The county and city are both named for J. Dickens, who died at the Battle of the Alamo.[3]

The Pitchfork Ranch is in Dickens and adjacent King County. It was managed from 1965 to 1986 by Jim Humphreys, who was also affiliated with the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. The Matador Ranch, based in Motley County, once reached into Dickens County.[4]

Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster in Cooke County, has since January 2013 represented Dickens County in the Texas House of Representatives.[5]


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
  • Notable residents 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 905 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 902 square miles (2,340 km2) is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (0.4%) is water.[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,762 people, 980 households, and 638 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,368 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.62% White, 8.18% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 12.35% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 23.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 980 households out of which 23.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.80% were non-families. 32.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 18.50% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 130.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 141.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,898, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $18,571 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,156. About 14.10% of families and 17.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.30% of those under age 18 and 18.20% of those age 65 or over.


Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 106. 
  4. ^ "Matador Ranch," Historical marker, Texas Historical Commission, Motley County, Texas
  5. ^ "State Rep. Springer announces district tour July 30".  
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Handbook of Texas OnlineDickens County in at the University of Texas
  • Historic Dickens County materials, hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
  • Dickens County History at
  • Dickens County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties

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