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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2012 and it gives Fort Stockton a population of 8,344 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Fort Stockton a population of 8,283 people.

The city of Fort Stockton is located in Pecos County. The 2010 Census gave Pecos County a population of 15,507 people. This means that Fort Stockton had 53.4% of the county's total population, making it Pecos' most populous community.

At the same time, Texas had a population of 25,145,561 people, meaning that Fort Stockton had 0.03% of the total population of Texas - making it the state's 237th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Fort Stockton, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Fort Stockton reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Fort Stockton might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Fort Stockton has a total area of 5.02 square miles [13 km²].

Pecos County has a land area of 4,763 square miles [12,338.3 km²]. At 5.02 square miles [13 km²], Fort Stockton has 0.11% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   30°53'28" N   (or 30.89° N)

Lon:   -102°53'6" W   (or -102.89° W)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (8,283 people) and land area (5.02 square miles [13 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Fort Stockton had a population density of 1,650 people per square mile [637 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Fort Stockton had a population of 7,846 people and a land area of 5.12 square miles [13.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,531 people per square mile [591 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Fort Stockton. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Fort Stockton had 3,115 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 8,283 people, this averages 2.66 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Fort Stockton had a land area of 5.02 square miles [13 km²]. This translates to 620 Housing Units per square mile [239.7 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Fort Stockton had 3,189 Housing Units, a population of 7,846 people and a land area of 5.12 square miles [13.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.46 people per Housing Unit and 622 Housing Units per square mile [240.3 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Fort Stockton and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Pecos County ...

The community of Fort Stockton is located in Pecos County and is the County Seat for Pecos County.

The county had a population of 15,507 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 8,283 people, Fort Stockton represented 53.4% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Fort Stockton has a population density of 1,650 people per square mile [637 people/km²], Pecos County averages 3.26 people per square mile [1.26 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Pecos County.

Population Rings for Fort Stockton ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Fort Stockton and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Fort Stockton. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

RadiusNo of
Since 2010
5 mi [8 km]18,344+0.74%
25 mi [40 km]18,344+0.74%
30 mi [48 km]28,711+0.79%

US Census QuickFacts ...

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information called QuickFacts. Although they don't create QuickFacts for all communities, they do have one for Fort Stockton. Not only does the QuickFact have details about Fort Stockton, it also contains a comparison between Fort Stockton and the state of Texas.

Click here for the Fort Stockton QuickFact (QF-4826808).

A Census QuickFact is available for Pecos County (QF-48371).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Pecos County.

2012 Est.
Since 2010
BrewsterQF-480439,316+0.91%   SW  
CraneQF-481034,562+4.27%   NE  
Jeff DavisQF-482432,307-1.49%   W  
ReevesQF-4838913,798+0.11%   NW  
TerrellQF-48443917-6.81%   SE  
WardQF-4847510,879+2.07%   N  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Fort Stockton, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Fort Stockton. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 2.08% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Fort Stockton was 5.02 square miles [13 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 5.12 square miles [13.3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Fort Stockton, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Fort Stockton.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   30.892673°   (or 30°53'33" N)

Lon:   -102.885707°   (or -102°53'8" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   30.891383°   (or 30°53'28" N)

Lon:   -102.885032°   (or -102°53'6" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 515 feet to the northwest<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2410530) to Fort Stockton. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Fort Stockton. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   30.892772°   (or 30°53'33" N)

Lon:   -102.885730°   (or -102°53'8" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 36.8 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Fort Stockton. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Fort Stockton.

Miscellaneous Information for Fort Stockton ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Pecos County or the city of Fort Stockton:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Fort Stockton:

GNIS ID for Fort Stockton: 2410530

GNIS ID for Pecos County: 1383971

GNIS ID for Texas: 1779801

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 48 (Texas)

County Code: 371 (Pecos County)

Place Code: 26808 (Fort Stockton)

State & County Code: 48/371 (Texas / Pecos County)

State & Place Code: 48/26808 (Texas / Fort Stockton)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Fort Stockton is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).

The US Postal Service ZIP Code ...

While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Fort Stockton, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Fort Stockton. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

The ZIP code for Fort Stockton: 79735<7>

Census ZCTA Codes ...

The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).

ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Fort Stockton.

Other Roadside Stops ...

About Texas

About Pecos County

Search for a Texas Community

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Fort Stockton

The official website for Pecos County

The Panormaio photo collection contain pictures for the area around Fort Stockton:

Looking for information about genealogy? We recommend a visit to these websites when searching in and around the area of Fort Stockton and Pecos County:

Cyndi's List for the State of Texas,
        for Pecos County
Family Search for the State of Texas,
        for Pecos County
USGenWeb for the State of Texas

We have a longer, more detailed list of websites on our Genealogy Helper Page for Fort Stockton.

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2012.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2010 Census location is 24 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 191 degrees.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Fort Stockton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Fort Stockton.


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