|Frio County, Texas|
The Frio County Courthouse in Pearsall
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Frio River|
|o Total||1,134 sq mi (2,937 km2)|
|o Land||1,134 sq mi (2,937 km2)|
|o Water||0.8 sq mi (2 km2), 0.07%|
|o Density||15/sq mi (6/km2)|
Frio County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 17,217. The county seat is Pearsall. The county was created in 1858 and later organized in 1871. Frio is named for the Frio River, whose name is Spanish for "cold".
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,134 square miles (2,940 km2), of which 1,134 square miles (2,940 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.07%) is covered by water.
As of the census of 2000, 16,252 people, 4,743 households, and 3,642 families resided in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km²). The 5,660 housing units averaged 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.86% White, 4.87% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 19.76% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. About 73.76% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 4,743 households, 40.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 16.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.20% were not families. About 20.60% of all households was made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.44.
In the county, the population was distributed as 28.70% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 18.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 121.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 130.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $24,504, and for a family was $26,578. Males had a median income of $23,810 versus $16,498 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,069. About 24.50% of families and 29.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.20% of those under age 18 and 30.40% of those age 65 or over.