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Atascosa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, and was formed in 1856 from Bexar County. As of 2000, the population was 38,628. Its county seat is Jourdanton. Atascosa is named for the Atascosa River.
The county is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,236 square miles (3,200 km²), of which, 1,232 square miles (3,191 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.28%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 38,628 people, 12,816 households, and 10,022 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 14,883 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.23% White, 0.60% Black or African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 21.53% from other races, and 3.47% from two or more races. 58.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 12,816 households out of which 41.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 13.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.80% were non-families. 18.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.41.
In the county, the population was spread out with 31.70% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,081, and the median income for a family was $37,705. Males had a median income of $27,702 versus $18,810 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,276. About 16.10% of families and 20.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 21.70% of those age 65 or over.
Cities & Towns
The following school districts serve Atascosa County:
Charlotte Independent School District
Jourdanton Independent School District
Karnes City Independent School District
Pleasanton Independent School District
Poteet Independent School District
Somerset Independent School District