Dickens County

Dickens County, Texas

Dickens County, Texas

Water Tower outside the City of Dickens, Texas in the Dickens County. Photograph by Pete Unseth.

Dickens County, in Northwest Texas, is bordered on the north by Motley County, on the west by Crosby County, on the south by Kent County, and on the east by King County; its center point is 33°38' north latitude and 100°45' west longitude fifty miles east of Lubbock. The county was named for J. Dickens, who died at the Alamo. The broken terrain is surfaced by sandy, chocolate, and red soils. Croton and Duck creeks drain the county. The flat northwest part of Dickens County is above the Caprock on the Llano Estacado, and the rest, with rolling terrain, is below. The altitude over the county's 931 square miles varies from 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Trees include mesquite, hackberry, and cottonwood. Grasses are blue grama, sideoats, grama, white tidena, vine mesquite, and Indian grass. The average annual rainfall is 20.24 inches. The average minimum temperature in January is 28° F; in July the maximum is 95° F. The growing season is 217 days. Dickens County produces about $21.5 million worth of goods annually, mostly from beef cattle, horses, cotton, wheat, and sorghums. The county has no manufacturing and only a modest amount of oil. The road network includes U.S. Highway 82 (west to east) and State Highway 70 (north to south).

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

Dickens County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

1800 ft – 3037 ft

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Dickens County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Dickens County
Pop. Year Source
2,211 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Dickens County
People Year Source
632 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$31,586 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Dickens County
USD ($) Year Source
747,551,590 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Dickens County
USD ($) Year Source
13,996,442 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Dickens County
USD ($) Year Source
4,112,453 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
7.4 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
22.8 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
26.6 94.7 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Dickens County
Area (square miles) Year Source
901.7 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Dickens County
Area (square miles) Year Source
905.2 2019 United States Census Bureau