Colorado County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 20,874. Its county seat is Columbus. It is named for the Colorado River of Texas. The county was founded in 1836 and organized the next year.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 974 square miles (2,520 km²), of which 960 square miles (2,500 km²) is land and 13 square miles (34 km²) (1.4%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,390 people, 7,641 households, and 5,402 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 9,431 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 72.79% White, 14.80% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 10.04% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. 19.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,641 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08.
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