Concho County

Concho County, Texas

Concho County, Texas

County Marker in Concho County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Concho County, in Central Texas, straddles the northern edge of the Edwards Plateau. The county derives its name from the Concho (or "Shell") River, which in turn was named for the large number of mussels found there. The center of the county lies at approximately 31°20' north latitude and 99°52' west longitude. Paint Rock, the county seat, is situated in the north central part of the county on U.S. Highway 83, approximately thirty miles east of San Angelo and 150 miles northwest of Austin. Concho County comprises 992 square miles with an elevation of 1,600 to 2,100 feet above mean sea level. The terrain in the north is rolling, with steep slopes and benches, while that to the south, on the Edwards Plateau, is flat but broken by numerous deep creekbeds. The thin and stony soil of the Edwards Plateau supports oak, juniper, and mesquite, while the clay loams to the north sustain grasses, mixed with oak, juniper, and mesquite in the northwest and with mesquite in the north central region. The county is drained by the Concho River, which flows east to west across the northern part, and by the Colorado River, which forms the northeastern county line. Major creeks, or creek systems, include Dry Hollow, Kickapoo, Duck, Mustang, Brady, and South Brady. The creekbeds were originally thick with elm, live oak, and post oak trees. Of the total county area, 11 to 20 percent is considered to be prime farmland. Temperatures range from an average low of 33° F in January to an average high of 97° in July. Rainfall averages twenty-three inches; snowfall, three inches; and the growing season, 228 days per year. The climate, on the whole, is mild and dry. Natural resources include oil and gas, limestone, caliche, dolomite, and bituminous coal. In 1982, 218,748 barrels of oil and 1,982,444 thousand cubic feet of gas-well gas were produced in the county.

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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Concho County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Concho County
Pop. Year Source
2,726 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Concho County
People Year Source
1,256 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$19,801 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Concho County
USD ($) Year Source
1,052,036,423 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Concho County
USD ($) Year Source
16,478,537 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Concho County
USD ($) Year Source
10,777,117 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
5.1 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
25.0 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
29.5 95.2 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Concho County
Area (square miles) Year Source
983.8 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Concho County
Area (square miles) Year Source
993.7 2019 United States Census Bureau