Howard County Profile

Compiled by
The County Information Program, Texas Association of Counties

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Map of County

Note: Corrected/updated 2013 property tax data for Anderson, Andrews, Angelina, Ector, Hale, Hood and Montgomery on April 29, 2015.

POPULATION (Census Bureau)
County Population     «History»   «Group Quarters»
Estimate 2015:37,206More data
Estimate 2014:36,551 
Estimate 2013:36,238 
Estimate 2012:35,523 
Estimate 2011:35,009 
Census 2010:35,012More data
Census 2000:33,627More data
Population of the County Seat (Big Spring)
Census 2010:27,282 
Census 2000:25,233 
Note: City and town populations include only those parts of each place found within this county. Use our «Town & City Search» to find the total population of each place.
Big Spring city:28,862More data
Coahoma town:887More data
Forsan city:226More data
County Size in Square Miles (Census Bureau and EPA)
Land Area:900.8More data
Water Area:3.4More data
Total Area:904.2More data
Population Density Per Square Mile
2010:38.87More data
Urban and Rural Population of the County, 2010 (Census Bureau)
Percent Urban:79.94More data
Percent Rural:20.06More data
Ethnicity - 2015 (Census Bureau)
Percent Hispanic:40.3%More data
Race - 2015 (Census Bureau)
Percent White Alone:88.5%More data
Percent African American Alone:7.0%More data
Percent American Indian and Alaska Native Alone:1.6%More data
Percent Asian Alone:1.2%More data
Percent Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone:0.1%More data
Percent Multi-Racial:1.6%More data
Race and Ethnicity - 2015 (Census Bureau)
Percent Not Hispanic White Alone:51.0%More data
Percent Not Hispanic Black Alone:6.0%More data
Age - 2015 (Census Bureau)     «Age Groups»
17 and Under:22.0%More data
65 and Older:12.2%More data
85 and Older:1.6%More data
Median Age:36.3More data
Per Capita Income - 2015 (BEA):$34,624More data
Total Personal Income - 2015 (BEA):$1,288,209,000More data
Median Household Income - 2015 (Census Bureau):$47,148More data
Poverty - 2015 (Census Bureau)
Percent of Population in Poverty:19.1%More data
Percent of Population under 18 in Poverty:23.1%More data
Educational Attainment (Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate)
Age 25 and older, Percent high school graduate and higher:N/A% 
Age 25 and older, Percent bachelor's degree or higher:N/A% 
Wages (BEA - Due to reduced funding, this data on average wages is no longer availble from the BEA.)
Average Wage Per Job - 2013:$43,438More data
Average Wage Per Job - 2012:$42,063 
Average Wage Per Job - 2011:$40,304 
Average Wage Per Job - 2010:$38,166 
Average Wage Per Job - 2009:$36,552 
Pay (BLS)
Average Annual Pay - 2015:$45,276More data
Average Annual Pay - 2014:$44,278 
Average Annual Pay - 2013:$43,149 
Average Annual Pay - 2012:$41,609 
Average Annual Pay - 2011:$39,923 
Annual Unemployment Rate, Not Adjusted (Texas Workforce Commission)
Unemployment Rate - 2015:4.7More data
Unemployment Rate - 2014:4.4 
Unemployment Rate - 2013:5.3 
Unemployment Rate - 2012:5.6 
Unemployment Rate - 2011:6.5 
COUNTY FINANCES (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts)
Property Taxes - 2015
Total County Tax Rate:     «Historic Tax Rate» «Detailed Tax Rates»$0.371885More data
Total Market Value:     «Values and Levies»$3,848,867,848More data
Total Appraised Value Available for County Taxation:$3,277,901,680More data
Total Actual Levy:$12,190,025More data
For property tax information about a specific property, contact the Appraisal District.
Sales Tax Allocation History
CY 2015:$N/AMore data
CY 2014:$N/A 
CY 2013:$N/A 
CY 2012:$N/A 
CY 2011:$N/A 
Centerline Miles - 2015
IH Highways:33.495More data
US Highways:35.377More data
State Highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Routes:41.872More data
Farm or Ranch to Market Roads and Spurs:168.042More data
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads:2.405More data
Frontage Roads:63.591More data
On-System Subtotal:344.782More data
City Streets:194.356More data
Certified County Roads:518.791More data
Toll Road Authority Roads:0.000More data
Federal Roads:0.000More data
Off-System Subtotal:713.147More data
Center Line Miles: County Total:1,057.929More data
Lane Miles - 2015
IH Highways:133.980More data
US Highways:142.200More data
State Highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Routes:103.865More data
Farm or Ranch to Market Roads and Spurs:348.756More data
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads:2.405More data
Frontage Roads:127.182More data
On-System Subtotal:858.388More data
City Streets:397.019More data
Certified County Roads:1,037.582More data
Toll Road Authority Roads:0.000More data
Federal Roads:0.000More data
Off-System Subtotal:1,434.601More data
County Total:2,292.989More data
County Business Patterns (Census Bureau):     «CBP 2014»
County Agricultural Profile (USDA):     «Census of Agriculture 2012»
State & County QuickFacts (Census Bureau):     «Howard County QuickFacts»
State & County Narrative Profiles (Census Bureau):     «Howard County Narrative Profile»
County History (Handbook of Texas Online):     «Howard County History»
Texas Almanac (Texas State Historical Association):     «Howard County»

Special Districts in Howard County.
School Districts in Howard County.
History of City Tax Rates in Howard County.

Airports in Howard County.
Hospitals in Howard County.
Prisons in Howard County.