Kenedy County

Kenedy County, Texas

Kenedy County, Texas

Kenedy County Courthouse in the Sarita, the county seat. Photograph by 25or6to4.

Kenedy County, on U.S. Highway 77 south of Corpus Christi in the Rio Grande Plain region of South Texas, was named for pioneer rancher Mifflin Kenedy. It is bordered by Kleberg County on the north, the Gulf of Mexico on the east, Willacy County on the south, and Hidalgo and Brooks counties on the west. The center point of the county is 26°55' north latitude and 97°40' west longitude. Sarita, in northern Kenedy County, is the county seat and largest town. Other communities include Armstrong, Turcotte, Norias, and Rudolph. The county comprises 1,389 square miles, with elevations ranging from sea level to 100 feet. The soils are generally sandy with areas of light-colored loamy surfaces over very deep reddish or mottled clayey subsoils. Along the Gulf Coast the soils are sandy and salty, with areas of gray to black, cracking clay. Less than 1 percent of the county is considered prime farmland. Most of Kenedy County is covered with brush and scrubby mesquite, with some huisache, acacia, post oak, and live oak. Tall bunchgrasses, such as the seacoast bluestem, are found along the coast, as well as cordgrasses, saltgrass, and marsh millet. Temperatures range from an average low of 47° F in January to an average high of 96° in July; the average annual temperature is 73°. Rainfall averages twenty-six inches a year, and the average growing season is 319 days. Mineral resources include oil and natural gas.

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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Kenedy County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Kenedy County
Pop. Year Source
404 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Kenedy County
People Year Source
182 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$43,561 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Kenedy County
USD ($) Year Source
1,864,023,045 2019 State Property Tax Board

Wages

Kenedy County
USD ($) Year Source
10,244,184 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
6.6 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
29.2 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
44.4 94.6 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Kenedy County
Area (square miles) Year Source
1,458.3 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Kenedy County
Area (square miles) Year Source
1,945.8 2019 United States Census Bureau