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Sweetwater is the
county seat of
The population was 11,415 at the
Sweetwater is located at
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), all of it
Sweetwater is the center of the
Western Hemisphere's leading
wind power generation region and West Texas has more
than 4,000 MW of operational
wind energy. Nolan County alone would currently rank
as the eighth largest "nation" in terms of wind energy
generation - with more than 1,500 MW installed.
As of the
2000, there were 11,415 people, 4,545 households, and
3,017 families residing in the city. The
population density was 1,139.4 people per square
mile (439.9/kmē). There were 5,202 housing units at an
average density of 519.2 per square mile (200.4/kmē).
The racial makeup of the city was 75.29%
African American, 0.58%
Native American, 0.32%
Pacific Islander, 15.71% from
other races, and 2.21% from two or more races.
Latino of any race were 31.70% of the population.
In the city the population was spread
out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24,
26.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who
were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36
years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7
The median income for a household
in the city was $24,293, and the median income for a
family was $29,953. Males had a median income of $27,722
versus $18,064 for females. The
per capita income for the city was $13,065. About
20.5% of families and 23.7% of the population were below
poverty line, including 31.5% of those under age 18
and 22.0% of those age 65 or over.
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