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The 2000 Census showed that Panola County had a population of 22,756 people. This represented 0.11% of the total population of Texas, making it the state's 103rd most populous county (out of 254 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Panola had a population of 23,310 people. This is an increase of 2.43% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201023,796+4.57%+2.08% since 2009
200923,310+2.43%+0.53% since 2008
200823,186+1.89%+0.69% since 2007
200723,028+1.2%-0.51% since 2006
200623,145+1.71%+1.22% since 2005
200522,867+0.49%+0.84% since 2004
200422,677-0.35%-0.82% since 2003
200222,845+0.39%+0.56% since 2001
200122,718-0.17%-0.17% since 2000
200022,756The Last Census

Panola County had 10,524 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Panola County has a total area<3> of 821 square miles [2,127 km²]. Of this total, 800 square miles [2,074 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.49%) being water (20.42 square miles [52.9 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Panola County had a population density of 28.41 people per square mile [10.97 people/km²], making it the state's 106th most densely populated county (out of 254 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Panola County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Panola and the state of Texas.

Click here for the Panola County QuickFact (QF-48365).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Panola County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Panola County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Caddo (LA)QF-22017   NE253,623252,1610.58%
De Soto (LA)QF-22031   E26,40125,4943.56%
HarrisonQF-48203   N64,79562,1104.32%
RuskQF-48401   W49,18047,3723.82%
ShelbyQF-48419   SE26,81225,2246.3%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>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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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Panola. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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