Moore County

Moore County, Texas

Moore County, Texas

The Moore County Courthouse is located in the City of Dumas, the county seat. Photograh by Robert Blaine Camp.

Moore County is located in the north central part of the Panhandle of Texas, bordered by Sherman, Hutchinson, Potter, and Hartley counties. Dumas, the county seat, is located in the center of the county, at 101°55' west longitude and 35°50' north latitude, about forty-eight miles north of Amarillo. The area is named for Commodore Edwin Ward Moore, the commander of the Texas Navy during the Republic of Texas. Moore County occupies 909 square miles of the High Plains. The sandy and loam soils support abundant native grasses as well as various local crops such as wheat, corn, milo, and other grains. In general the terrain consists of nearly level prairies varied by the Canadian River brakes in the southeast and by Grapevine, Plum, South Palo Duro, North Palo Duro, and Big Blue creeks, which flow west to east and drain into the Canadian River. Part of Lake Meredith, a man-made lake on the Canadian River, is in the far southeastern corner of the county. Elevations in the county range from 2,900 to 3,700 feet above sea level. Average rainfall is 18.33 inches per year. The average minimum temperature is 20° F in January, and the average maximum is 93° in July. The growing season averages 185 days per year.

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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Moore County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

2915 ft – 3825 ft

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Moore County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Moore County
Pop. Year Source
20,940 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Moore County
People Year Source
10,124 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$41,275 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Moore County
USD ($) Year Source
2,701,995,431 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Moore County
USD ($) Year Source
466,720,815 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Moore County
USD ($) Year Source
142,817,410 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
4.6 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
18.4 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
22.1 91.6 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Moore County
Area (square miles) Year Source
899.7 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Moore County
Area (square miles) Year Source
909.6 2019 United States Census Bureau