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Dickens County

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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area (sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

2,291
– 6.3
905.2
901.7
1,800–3,037
22.75
26.6
94.7
892
6.1
$3,314,379
$31,416
$773,051,450
$13,924,369

map of Dickens County
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Physical Features: West Texas county; broken land, Caprock in northwest; sandy, chocolate, red soils; drains to Croton, Duck creeks.

Economy: Agriculture, government services/prison unit, hunting leases, wind farms.

locator map for Dickens County

History: Comanches driven out by U.S. Army 1874-75. Ranching and some farming began in late 1880s. County created 1876, from Bexar District; organized 1891; named for Alamo hero who is variously listed as James R. Demkins or Dimpkins and J. Dickens.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 64.4; Black, 4.9; Hispanic, 29.1; Asian, 1.0; Other, 3.4.

 

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 23; deaths, 24; marriages, 15; divorces, 7.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing; Soldiers Mound site, Dickens Springs; downtown Spur.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Cattle, horses, cotton, hay, small grains. Some irrigation. Market value $18.5 million. Hunting leases important.

DICKENS (287) county seat, market for ranching country.

SPUR (1,365) agribusiness and shipping center, oil and gas, state prison; homecoming in October.

Other towns include: Afton (15) and McAdoo (75).

Wind farm near McAdoo

Wind farm, McAdoo. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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