La Salle County

LaSalle County, Texas

LaSalle County, Texas

LaSalle County visitor center near Cotulla, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

La Salle County, in South Texas, is bordered by Dimmit, Frio, Webb, and McMullen counties. Cotulla, the county's largest town and the county seat, is located in the northwestern part of the county at the intersection of Interstate highway 35 and State Highway 97. The center point of the county is at 28°20' north latitude and 99°05' west longitude. La Salle County was named for René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. It comprises 1,517 square miles of usually flat to rolling terrain vegetated with mesquite, small live oak, and post oak trees, scrub brush, cacti, and grasses. Elevation ranges from approximately 400 to 600 feet. Soils in the northwestern half of the county are deep to moderately deep, often light-colored loams that overlie clayey subsoils and, in places, limestone only forty inches beneath the surface. The cracking, clayey soils in the southeastern half of La Salle County vary from light to black in color. Most of the county is drained by the Nueces River, which flows across the county from the west toward the southeast; the northeastern quarter of La Salle County is drained by the Frio River. In 1982 more than 90 percent of the county was devoted to ranching and farming. Only 3 percent of the land was cultivated; livestock and livestock products accounted for 87 percent of the agricultural income. Temperatures in La Salle County range from an average high of 99° F in July to an average low of 42° in January; the average annual temperature is 71°. Rainfall averages twenty-two inches a year, and the growing season lasts for 288 days. Mineral resources include sand and gravel, oil, gas, and lignite coal. Oil production in 1982 totaled 505,645 barrels; gas production totaled 4,668,423,000 cubic feet of gas-well gas and 350,459,000 cubic feet of casinghead 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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La Salle County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

La Salle County
Pop. Year Source
7,520 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

La Salle County
People Year Source
4,135 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$35,809 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

La Salle County
USD ($) Year Source
6,662,550,603 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

La Salle County
USD ($) Year Source
174,312,010 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

La Salle County
USD ($) Year Source
56,205,197 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
24.7 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
38.9 96.9 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

La Salle County
Area (square miles) Year Source
1,486.7 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

La Salle County
Area (square miles) Year Source
1,494.2 2019 United States Census Bureau