- La Salle County, Texas
Infobox U.S. County
county = La Salle County
state = Texas
map size = 250
founded = 1856
seat = Cotulla | area_total_sq_mi =1494
area percentage = 0.36%
census yr = 2000
pop = 5866
La Salle County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Texas. In 2000, its population was 5,866. Its county seatis CotullaGR|6. La Salle County is named for René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, a 17th-centuryFrench explorer.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,494
square miles (3,870 km²), of which, 1,489 square miles (3,856 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) of it (0.36%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 5,866 people, 1,819 households, and 1,351 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,436 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.47% White, 3.55% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 12.21% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. 77.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,819 households out of which 37.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 15.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.70% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.45.
In the county, the population was spread out with 29.40% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 113.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 121.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $21,857, and the median income for a family was $25,494. Males had a median income of $20,856 versus $17,339 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $9,692. About 28.20% of families and 29.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.50% of those under age 18 and 24.80% of those age 65 or over. The county's per-capita income makes it one of the poorest counties in the United States.
Most of La Salle County is served by the
Cotulla Independent School District. The Dilley Independent School Districtserves a small portion of northwestern La Salle County.
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