Cooke County

Cooke County, Texas

Cooke County, Texas

Cooke County Courthouse in the City of Gainesville, the county seat. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Cooke County is located in north central Texas, on the Oklahoma border. The approximate center of the county is at 33°40' north latitude and 97°15' west longitude. Gainesville, the county seat and largest population center, is located seven miles south of the Red River and seventy-one miles north of Dallas. The county comprises 905 square miles. The central section of the county is part of the Grand Prairie; it is flanked by a small section of the Eastern Cross Timbers on the east and the Western Cross Timbers on the West. The rolling terrain is surfaced by mixed soils ranging from sandy to loam and from red to black. Grassy prairie predominates in the west. The county is forested mainly with blackjack oak, post oak, and hackberry, and with elm, pecan, walnut, and cottonwood along the creeks and rivers. The altitude increases from 700 feet on the eastern border to nearly 1,000 feet in the west. The northern quarter of Cooke County drains into the Red River, and the remaining three-quarters is part of the watershed of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Three lakes are found within the county's boundaries: Lake Kiowa, Hubert H. Moss Lake, and Lake Texoma. A fourth lake, Lake Ray Roberts, dammed in Denton County, covers much of southeastern Cooke County. Temperatures range from an average high of 96° F in July to an average low of 32° in January. The average rainfall is about thirty-four inches a year. The growing season extends for 226 days.

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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Place type

Cooke County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

617 ft – 1217 ft

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Cooke County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Cooke County
Pop. Year Source
41,257 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Cooke County
People Year Source
19,584 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$54,174 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Cooke County
USD ($) Year Source
6,254,703,065 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Cooke County
USD ($) Year Source
710,022,590 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Cooke County
USD ($) Year Source
187,653,807 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
7.6 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
42.7 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
31.3 93.4 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Cooke County
Area (square miles) Year Source
874.8 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Cooke County
Area (square miles) Year Source
898.4 2019 United States Census Bureau