Howard County Profile

Compiled by
The County Information Program, Texas Association of Counties

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POPULATION (Census Bureau)
County Population     «History Chart»   «Population Projection Chart»   «Group Quarters»   «Census 2020 Redistricting Data (county level only)»
Estimate 2023:30,554More data
Estimate 2022:30,732 
Estimate 2021:34,365 
Census 2020: See note at the bottom of the page.34,860More data
Census 2010:35,012More data
Census 2000:33,627More data
Population of the County Seat (Big Spring)
Census 2020:26,144 
Census 2010:27,282 
Census 2000:25,233 
POPULATION OF PLACES IN HOWARD COUNTY - 2023 Estimates (Census Bureau)
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:22,373More data
Coahoma town:902More data
Forsan city:215More data
County Size in Square Miles (Census Bureau)
Land Area:900.8More data
Water Area:3.4More data
Total Area:904.2More data
Population Density Per Square Mile
2020:38.70More data
Urban and Rural Population of the County, 2020 (Census Bureau)
Percent Urban:83.06More data
Percent Rural:16.94More data
Ethnicity - 2022 (Census Bureau)     «Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin»
Percent Hispanic:45.5%More data
Race - 2022 (Census Bureau)
Percent White Alone:87.2%More data
Percent African American Alone:7.4%More data
Percent American Indian and Alaska Native Alone:1.8%More data
Percent Asian Alone:1.4%More data
Percent Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone:0.1%More data
Percent Multi-Racial:2.1%More data
Race and Ethnicity - 2022 (Census Bureau)
Percent Not Hispanic White Alone:45.3%More data
Percent Not Hispanic African American Alone:6.0%More data
Age - 2022 (Census Bureau Estimates)     «Age Groups Chart»
17 and Under:21.2%More data
65 and Older:12.9%More data
85 and Older:1.5%More data
Median Age:37.6More data
Per Capita Income - 2022 (BEA):     «Per Capita Income History Chart»$56,531More data
Total Personal Income - 2022 (BEA):$1,903,514,000More data
Median Household Income - 2022 (Census Bureau):     «Median Household Income History Chart»$59,598More data
Poverty - 2022 (Census Bureau)     «Poverty Chart»
Percent of Population in Poverty:17.0%More data
Percent of Population under 18 in Poverty:22.4%More data
Educational Attainment (Census Bureau, 2018-2022 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate)     «ACS 5-Year Estimates, S1501, Educational Attainment 🗗»
Percent high school graduate and higher, Age 25 and over:81.0% 
Percent bachelor's degree or higher, Age 25 and over:13.8% 
Pay (BLS)     «Pay History Chart»
Average Annual Pay - 2023:$61,565More data
Average Annual Pay - 2022:$58,253 
Average Annual Pay - 2021:$53,630 
Average Annual Pay - 2020:$52,881 
Average Annual Pay - 2019:$52,657 
Annual Unemployment Rate, Not Adjusted (Texas Workforce Commission)     «Unemployment History Chart»
Unemployment Rate - 2023:4.3More data
Unemployment Rate - 2022:5.1 
Unemployment Rate - 2021:6.4 
Unemployment Rate - 2020:8.1 
Unemployment Rate - 2019:3.1 
COUNTY FINANCES (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts)
Property Taxes - 2022
Total County Tax Rate:     «Detailed Tax Rates»   «Tax Rate History with Chart»$0.238916More data
Total Market Value:     «Values and Levies»   «Levy History with Chart»$9,702,734,120More data
Total Appraised Value Available for County Taxation:$8,722,098,154More data
Total Actual Levy:$20,838,488More data
For property tax information about a specific property, contact the Appraisal District.
Sales Tax Allocation History
CY 2023:N/AMore data
CY 2022:N/A 
CY 2021:N/A 
CY 2020:N/A 
CY 2019:N/A 
Centerline Miles - 2022
IH Highways:33.495More data
US Highways:40.501More data
State Highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Routes:49.594More data
Farm or Ranch to Market Roads and Spurs:167.616More data
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads:2.396More data
Frontage Roads:65.243More data
On-System Subtotal:358.845More data
City Streets:194.646More data
Certified County Roads:512.112More data
Toll Road Authority Roads:0.000More data
Federal Roads:0.000More data
Off-System Subtotal:706.758More data
Center Line Miles: County Total:1,065.603More data
Lane Miles - 2022
IH Highways:133.980More data
US Highways:162.004More data
State Highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Routes:134.316More data
Farm or Ranch to Market Roads and Spurs:347.398More data
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads:2.396More data
Frontage Roads:130.486More data
On-System Subtotal:910.580More data
City Streets:397.556More data
Certified County Roads:1,024.224More data
Toll Road Authority Roads:0.000More data
Federal Roads:0.000More data
Off-System Subtotal:1,421.780More data
County Total:2,332.360More data
Miles Travelled on County Roads     «Mileage History with Chart»
County Business Patterns (Census Bureau):     «CBP 2021»
Gross Domestic Product (BEA):     «GDP 2022»
County Agricultural Profile (USDA):     «Census of Agriculture 2017 🗗»     «2017 County Profile 🗗»
State & County QuickFacts (Census Bureau):     «Howard County QuickFacts 🗗»
State & County Narrative Profiles (Census Bureau):     «Narrative Profiles 🗗»
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.