Andrews, the seat of Andrews County and the only incorporated town in the county, is on U.S. Highway 385 thirty-four miles north of Odessa. The town, like the county, was named for Richard Andrews, the first man to die in the war for Texas independence in 1835. The town began around 1908 with a general store and a schoolhouse. There were only eighty-seven people living in the county, most of them ranchers. A post office was established in 1909, and Andrews became the county seat in 1910 after a spirited contest against Shafter Lake; in 1911 residents built their first courthouse. In 1903 the Means Memorial Methodist Church became the first Andrews church to organize officially, followed soon after by the Andrews Baptist Church.
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|14,653||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|11,088||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|9,652||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|10,678||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|11,061||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|8,625||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|11,135||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,294||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|611||1940||Texas Demographic Center|