Carson County

Carson County, Texas

Carson County, Texas

Historical Marker detailing Carson County's founding, Carson County, Texas. Photograph by unknown.

Carson County, in the center of the Panhandle and on the eastern edge of the Texas High Plains, is bounded on the north by Hutchinson County, on the west by Potter County, on the south by Armstrong County, and on the east by Gray County. Carson County was named for Samuel P. Carson, the first secretary of state of the Republic of Texas. The center of the county lies at roughly 35°25' north latitude and 101°22' west longitude. The county occupies 900 square miles of level to rolling prairies surfaced by dark clay and loam that make the county almost completely tillable and productive. Native grasses and various crops such as wheat, oats, barley, grain sorghums, and corn flourish. The huge Ogallala Aquifer beneath the surface provides water for people, crops, and livestock. Trees, usually cottonwood, oak, or elm, appear, along with mesquite, in the county's creekbottoms. Antelope and Dixon creeks, both intermittent streams, run northward from central Carson County to their mouths on the Canadian River in Hutchinson County. McClellan Creek, also intermittent, runs eastward across the southeastern corner of the county to join the Red River. Carson County ranges from 3,200 to 3,500 feet in elevation, averages 20.92 inches of rain per year, and varies in temperature from a minimum average of 21° F in January to a maximum average of 93° in July. The growing season averages 191 days a year.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

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Place type

Carson County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

2926 ft – 3595 ft

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Carson County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Carson County
Pop. Year Source
5,926 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Carson County
People Year Source
2,828 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$46,373 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Carson County
USD ($) Year Source
2,026,986,480 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Carson County
USD ($) Year Source
97,290,026 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Carson County
USD ($) Year Source
101,765,729 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
5.0 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
21.8 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
20.3 92.2 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Carson County
Area (square miles) Year Source
920.2 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Carson County
Area (square miles) Year Source
924.1 2019 United States Census Bureau