Hunt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 76,596. Its seat is Greenville. Hunt County is named for Memucan Hunt, a secretary of the navy of the Republic of Texas. The county is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Waggoner Carr and his brother Warlick Carr, prominent Texas attorneys, were born in the Hunt County community of Fairlie in 1918 and 1921, respectively, but moved as teenagers to Lubbock. Waqggonner Carr went on to serve as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and as Attorney General of Texas. Warlick Carr practiced privately in Lubbock for more than a half-century.
As of the census of 2000, there were 76,596 people, 28,742 households, and 20,521 families residing in the county. The population density was 91 people per square mile (35/km²). There were 32,490 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.57% White, 9.45% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.93% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. 8.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 28,742 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,752, and the median income for a family was $44,388. Males had a median income of $33,347 versus $23,085 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,554. About 8.60% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.80% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.
In addition, Texas A&M University-Commerce is located in the county.