The Wilbarger County Courthouse was built in 1932 in Vernon
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Josiah Pugh Wilbarger and Mathias Wilbarger|
|• Total||978 sq mi (2,530 km2)|
|• Land||971 sq mi (2,510 km2)|
|• Water||7.0 sq mi (18 km2) 0.7%%|
|• Density||14/sq mi (5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Wilbarger County (// WIL-bar-gər) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,535. The county seat is Vernon. The county was created in 1858 and later organized in 1881. Wilbarger is named for Josiah Pugh Wilbarger and Mathias Wilbarger, two early settlers.
- Tillman County, Oklahoma (north)
- Wichita County (east)
- Baylor County (south)
- Foard County (west)
- Hardeman County (west)
- Jackson County, Oklahoma (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,676 people, 5,537 households, and 3,748 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km2). There were 6,371 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.17% White, 8.86% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.73% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. 20.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,537 households, out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. In 2000, there were 136 unmarried partner households: 129 heterosexual, 3 same-sex male, and 2 same-sex female.
29.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.90% 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 3.07.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $29,500, and the median income for a family was $38,685. Males had a median income of $26,001 versus $19,620 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,520. About 9.00% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.00% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.
- Vernon (county seat)
- Clyde Gates, wide receiver for the New York Jets
- Jack English Hightower, Memphis, Texas, native; former member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature, and former U.S. Representative
- Roy Orbison, singer/songwriter born in Wilbarger County
- Daryl Richardson, running back for the St. Louis Rams
- Bernard Scott, running back for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Jack Teagarden, bandleader and trombonist
- John Clay Wolfe, American radio personality who began his career in Wilbarger County on KSEY
- List of museums in North Texas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Wilbarger County, Texas
- Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Wilbarger County
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- Vernon Daily Record - Wilbarger County News
- Wilbarger County, Texas Official Website
- Wilbarger County from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Josiah Wilbarger's entry in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
- Wilbarger County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties