Congressional district 19th
Area 2,380 km²
County seat Abilene
|Largest city Abilene|
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Population 134,117 (2013)
Unemployment rate 3.3% (Apr 2015)
|Named for Edward, George, and James Taylor, Asa Taylor (Alamo Defender) Asa|
Cities Tye, Merkel, Buffalo Gap, Tuscola, Trent, Lawn, Impact
Points of interest The Grace Museum, Frontier Texas!, Abilene Zoological Gardens, Buffalo Gap Historic V, Abilene State Park
Colleges and Universities Abilene Christian University, Hardin–Simmons University, McMurry University, Texas College of Cosmetology, American Commercial College
Taylor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 131,506. Its county seat is Abilene. The county was created in 1858 and later organized in 1878. It is named for Edward Taylor, George Taylor, and James Taylor, three brothers who died at the Battle of the Alamo.
- Map of Taylor County TX USA
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Map of Taylor County, TX, USA
Taylor County is included in the Abilene, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is considered part of West Texas.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 919 square miles (2,380 km2), of which 916 square miles (2,370 km2) is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) (0.4%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 126,555 people, 47,274 households, and 32,524 families residing in the county. The population density was 138 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 52,056 housing units at an average density of 57 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.61% White, 6.73% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 8.35% from other races, and 2.42% from two or more races. 17.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 47,274 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.80% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 19.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,035, and the median income for a family was $40,859. Males had a median income of $28,964 versus $21,021 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,176. About 10.40% of families and 14.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.60% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.