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 2019:36,664More data
Estimate 2018:35,925 
Estimate 2017:35,817 
Estimate 2016:36,214 
Estimate 2015:37,123 
Estimate 2014:36,542 
Estimate 2013:36,185 
Estimate 2012:35,495 
Estimate 2011:34,990 
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:28,162More data
Coahoma town:932More data
Forsan city:222More 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 - 2018 (Census Bureau)
Percent Hispanic:43.1%More data
Race - 2018 (Census Bureau)
Percent White Alone:88.1%More data
Percent African American Alone:7.2%More data
Percent American Indian and Alaska Native Alone:1.7%More data
Percent Asian Alone:1.2%More data
Percent Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone:0.1%More data
Percent Multi-Racial:1.8%More data
Race and Ethnicity - 2018 (Census Bureau)
Percent Not Hispanic White Alone:48.1%More data
Percent Not Hispanic Black Alone:6.0%More data
Age - 2018 (Census Bureau)     «Age Groups»
17 and Under:21.4%More data
65 and Older:12.9%More data
85 and Older:1.7%More data
Median Age:37.2More data
Per Capita Income - 2018 (BEA):$40,255More data
Total Personal Income - 2018 (BEA):$1,467,670,000More data
Median Household Income - 2018 (Census Bureau):$50,423More data
Poverty - 2018 (Census Bureau)
Percent of Population in Poverty:20.6%More data
Percent of Population under 18 in Poverty:25.1%More data
Educational Attainment (Census Bureau, 2014-2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate)
Percent high school graduate and higher, Age 25 and over:79.2% 
Percent bachelor's degree or higher, Age 25 and over:12.3% 
Pay (BLS)
Average Annual Pay - 2018:$51,178More data
Average Annual Pay - 2017:$49,179 
Average Annual Pay - 2016:$45,970 
Average Annual Pay - 2015:$45,276 
Average Annual Pay - 2014:$44,278 
Annual Unemployment Rate, Not Adjusted (Texas Workforce Commission)
Unemployment Rate - 2019:3.1More data
Unemployment Rate - 2018:3.3 
Unemployment Rate - 2017:4.3 
Unemployment Rate - 2016:5.5 
Unemployment Rate - 2015:4.6 
COUNTY FINANCES (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts)
Property Taxes - 2018
Total County Tax Rate:     «Detailed Tax Rates»$0.328024More data
Total Market Value:     «Values and Levies»$5,010,061,371More data
Total Appraised Value Available for County Taxation:$4,324,630,475More data
Total Actual Levy:$14,185,826More data
For property tax information about a specific property, contact the Appraisal District.
Sales Tax Allocation History
CY 2019:$N/AMore data
CY 2018:$N/A 
CY 2017:$N/A 
CY 2016:$N/A 
CY 2015:$N/A 
Centerline Miles - 2018
IH Highways:33.495More data
US Highways:36.141More data
State Highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Routes:47.058More data
Farm or Ranch to Market Roads and Spurs:167.574More data
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads:2.396More data
Frontage Roads:65.639More data
On-System Subtotal:352.303More data
City Streets:194.095More data
Certified County Roads:510.209More data
Toll Road Authority Roads:0.000More data
Federal Roads:0.000More data
Off-System Subtotal:704.304More data
Center Line Miles: County Total:1,056.607More data
Lane Miles - 2018
IH Highways:133.980More data
US Highways:144.564More data
State Highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Routes:126.206More data
Farm or Ranch to Market Roads and Spurs:347.972More data
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads:2.396More data
Frontage Roads:131.278More data
On-System Subtotal:886.396More data
City Streets:396.454More data
Certified County Roads:1,020.418More data
Toll Road Authority Roads:0.000More data
Federal Roads:0.000More data
Off-System Subtotal:1,416.872More data
County Total:2,303.268More data
County Business Patterns (Census Bureau):     «CBP 2017»
Gross Domestic Product (BEA):     «GDP 2018»
County Agricultural Profile (USDA):     «Census of Agriculture 2017»
State & County QuickFacts (Census Bureau):     «Howard County QuickFacts»
State & County Narrative Profiles (Census Bureau):     «Narrative Profiles (Beta)»
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.