Cooke County, Texas

For the similarly named Texan county, see Coke County, Texas.
"Cooke County" redirects here. For Cook County, see Cook County (disambiguation).
Cooke County, Texas

The Cooke County Courthouse in Gainesville
Map of Texas highlighting Cooke County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1849
Seat Gainesville
Largest city Gainesville
  Total 898 sq mi (2,326 km2)
  Land 875 sq mi (2,266 km2)
  Water 24 sq mi (62 km2), 2.6%
  (2010) 38,437
  Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 13th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Cooke County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. At the 2010 census, its population was 38,437.[1] The county seat is Gainesville.[2] The county was founded in 1848 and organized the next year. It is named for William Gordon Cooke, a soldier during the Texas Revolution. It is a part of the Texoma region.

Cooke County comprises the Gainesville, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the DallasFort Worth, TX-OK Combined Statistical Area.

Republican Drew Springer, Jr., a businessman from Muenster, has represented Cooke County in the Texas House of Representatives since January 2013.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 898 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 875 square miles (2,270 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (2.6%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201539,229[5]2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1850–2010[7] 2010–2014[1]

At the 2000 census,[8] there were 36,363 people, 13,643 households and 10,000 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 per square mile (16/km²). There were 15,061 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.84% White, 3.06% Black or African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 5.16% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 9.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,643 households, of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07.

27.30% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median household income was $37,649 and the median family income was $44,869. Males had a median income of $32,429 and females $22,065. The per capita income was $17,889. About 10.90% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.80% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

The Texas Youth Commission operates the Gainesville State School in an unincorporated area in Cooke County, east of Gainesville.[9]




Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. "State Rep. Springer announces district tour July 30". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  4. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  5. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  7. "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  8. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  9. "Gainesville State School." Texas Youth Commission. Retrieved August 8, 2010.

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Coordinates: 33°38′N 97°13′W / 33.633°N 97.217°W / 33.633; -97.217

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