- Wise County, Texas
Infobox U.S. County
county = Wise County
founded = 1856
state = Texas
map size = 250
seat = Decatur | area_total_sq_mi =923
area percentage = 1.97%
census yr = 2000
pop = 48793
web = www.co.wise.tx.us
Wise County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Texas. As of 2000, the population was 48,793. Its county seatis DecaturGR|6. The county is named for Henry Alexander Wise, a U.S. Congressman from Virginiawho supported Texas' annexation. Wise County is considered part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Wise Eyescrime watch program, eventually adopted by mostly rural counties in several states, was begun there in 1993 by then-Sheriff Phil Ryan. [ [http://www.wcmessenger.com/data/business/EEkpZkEpkywmbzsqbk.php WCMessenger.com: Wise Eyes expands its vision ] ]
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 923
square miles (2,390 km²), of which, 905 square miles (2,343 km²) of it is land and 18 square miles (47 km²) of it (1.97%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 48,793 people, 17,178 households, and 13,467 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 19,242 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.01% White, 1.23% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.03% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. 10.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 17,178 households out of which 38.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.10% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.60% were non-families. 18.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the county, the population was spread out with 28.30% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,933, and the median income for a family was $47,909. Males had a median income of $35,913 versus $23,434 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $17,729. About 7.50% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.30% of those under age 18 and 10.60% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
*Briar (unincorporated; partly in Tarrant, Parker counties)
*Newark (partly in Tarrant County)
*Pecan Acres (unincorporated; partly in Tarrant County)
* [http://www.wisecounty.com/ Wise County on the Web]
* [http://www.co.wise.tx.us/ Wise County government's website]
* [http://skattershooting.blogspot.com "The Blog" - A Local Blog About Wise County]
* [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/WW/hcw14.html Wise County in "Handbook of Texas Online"] at the University of Texas
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