Yoakum County, Texas

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Yoakum County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2000, the population was 7,322. Its county seat is Plains[1]. The county is named for Henderson King Yoakum, a Texas historian. Yoakum County is one of 30[2] prohibition or entirely dry counties in the state of Texas.

The county contained primarily nomadic buffalo hunters and a few scattered ranchers until after 1900. The county organized in 1907, and population increased to 602 due to sale of state land deeds.[3]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 800 square miles (2,071 km²), virtually all of which is land.

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As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 7,322 people, 2,469 households, and 2,007 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,974 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.62% White, 1.39% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 25.48% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 45.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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