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Gillespie County, Texas

Gillespie County is a county located in the U.S. State of Texas. As of 2000, the population is 20,814. Its county seat is Fredericksburg6.

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History President Lyndon Johnson was born here.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,749 km² (1,061 mi²). 2,748 km² (1,061 mi²) of it is land and 1 km² (0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.04% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 20,814 people, 8,521 households, and 6,083 families residing in the county. The population density is 8/km² (20/mi²). There are 9,902 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (9/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 92.82% White, 0.21% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 5.27% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 15.90% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,521 households out of which 25.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.10% are married couples living together, 7.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% are non-families. 25.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.84.

In the county, the population is spread out with 21.60% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 21.20% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 25.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 46 years. For every 100 females there are 89.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $38,109, and the median income for a family is $45,315. Males have a median income of $26,675 versus $20,918 for females. The per capita income for the county is $20,423. 10.20% of the population and 7.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 13.40% are under the age of 18 and 9.90% are 65 or older.

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