Ward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,658. The county seat is Monahans. The county was created in 1887 and organized in 1892. It is named for Thomas W. Ward, a soldier in the Texas Revolution.
Archeological investigations conducted in northwestern Ward County have found evidence of prehistoric man in the form of occupational debris, petroglyphs, and pictographs. Tribes occupying the area include Suma-Jumano, Apache, and Comanche. The sand hills have contained native artifacts.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 836 square miles (2,170 km²), of which 836 square miles (2,170 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km²) (0.03%) is covered by water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,909 people, 3,964 households, and 2,929 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,832 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.79% White, 4.61% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 12.52% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. 41.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
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