King County

King County, Texas

King County, Texas

King county is the second-smallest county in Texas. Its county seat is Guthrie, Texas. Photograph by Aualliso.

King County, in the Rolling Prairie region of Northwest Texas, is bordered on the north by Cottle and Foard counties, on the east by Knox County, on the south by Stonewall County, and on the west by Dickens County. The center point of the county is 33°38' north latitude and 100°15' west longitude, midway between Lubbock and Wichita Falls. The county was named for William Philip King, who died at the Alamo. King County embraces 944 square miles of hilly, broken country with extensive grasslands and dark loam to red soils. Elevations range from 1,500 to 2,000 feet above sea level; Haystack Mountain and Buzzard Peak are the highest points in the county, which is drained by tributaries of the Wichita and Brazos rivers. Average temperatures range between a minimum of 27° F in January and a maximum of 99° in July. The growing season lasts 219 days, and the average annual rainfall is 21.6 inches. Agriculture in King County produces an annual average income of about $11.5 million, mostly from beef cattle. Some cotton and grains are grown. There is no manufacturing, though oil production in 1982 exceeded 3.5 million barrels, valued at more than $116 million. Principal roads are U.S. Highway 83 (north to south) and U.S. Highway 82 (east to west).

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

King County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

1450 ft – 2250 ft

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King County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

King County
Pop. Year Source
272 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

King County
People Year Source
217 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$55,661 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

King County
USD ($) Year Source
595,058,140 2019 State Property Tax Board

Wages

King County
USD ($) Year Source
1,636,517 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
1.8 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
25.5 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
27.0 95.9 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

King County
Area (square miles) Year Source
910.9 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

King County
Area (square miles) Year Source
913.3 2019 United States Census Bureau