Yoakum County, Texas

The Yoakum County is a county located in the state of Texas in the United States. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Plains. The county is one of the Dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.


The County is located in northwestern Texas, bordered on the west by New Mexico, and has an area of ​​2071 square kilometers, without significant water surface. The county is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Cochran County, Terry County, Gaines County and Lea County in New Mexico.


Yoakum County was formed in 1876 from parts of Bexar County. It was named for Henderson King Yoakum, a soldier, attorney and important person Texas history.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000 2010

According to the census in 2000 lived in Yoakum County 7,322 people in 2,469 households and 2,007 families. The population density was 4 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 70.62 percent White, 1.39 percent African American, 0.71 percent Native American, 0.12 percent Asian, 0.01 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander and 25.48 percent from other races groups; 1.65 percent were descended from two or more races. 45.93 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 2,469 households out of which 43.4 per cent of children or young people who lived with them. 68.8 percent were married couples living together, 8.5 percent were single mothers and 18.7 percent were non-families. 17.3 percent of all households and 8.5 percent had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.34 persons.

32.1 percent of the population was under 18 years old, 8.3 percent between 18 to 24, 26.8 percent between 25 and 44, 21.3 percent between 45 and 64 and 11.5 percent were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males to 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household was $ 32,672, and the median income for a family was $ 36,772. Males have a median income of $ 32,188, women $ 19,913. The per capita income was $ 14,504. 17.6 percent of families and 19.6 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Cities and Towns

  • Brownfield
  • Denver City
  • Plains
  • Tokyo