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Mitchell 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

9,402
0.0
915.9
911.1
1,930–2,574
20.42
28.3
95.0
3,447
5.8
$23,000,019
$28,703
$1,871,336,111
$54,150,782

map of Mitchell County
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Physical Features: Rolling, draining to Colorado and tributaries; sandy, red, dark soils; Lake Colorado City, Mitchell County Reservoir and Champion Creek Reservoir.

Economy: Government/services, agribusiness, oil, some manufacturing.

locator map for Mitchell County

History: Jumano Indians in area; Comanches arrived about 1780. Anglo-American settlers arrived in the late 1870s after Comanches were forced into Indian Territory. County created in 1876 from Bexar District and organized in 1881; named for pioneer brothers Asa and Eli Mitchell.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 48.2; Black, 12.8; Hispanic, 38.7; Asian, 0.6; Other, 3.1.

 

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 102; deaths, 84; marriages, 40; divorces, 31.

Recreation: Lake activities, state park, museums, hunting, Colorado City playhouse.

Minerals: Oil.

Agriculture: Cotton principal crop, grains also produced. Cattle, sheep, goats, hogs raised. Market value $21.2 million.

COLORADO CITY (4,239) county seat; government/services, agriculture, oil, manufacturing; hospital; boar goat cook-off in October.

Other towns include: Loraine (631) and Westbrook (258), trade centers. The community around Lake Colorado City (594).

Downtown Colorado City

Downtown Colorado City. Photo by Billy Hathorn (CC).

 

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