Palo Pinto County

Palo Pinto County, Texas

Palo Pinto County, Texas

Closer view of the old Oran Post Office.
Photograph Credit: Robert Plocheck.

Palo Pinto County is in north central Texas, bounded on the east by Parker County, on the south by Erath County, on the west by Stephens County, and on the north by Young and Jack counties. The center of the county lies at 32°45' north latitude and 98°18' west longitude, eighty miles west of Fort Worth. The area is named for one of its principal streams. The county covers 948 square miles of broken, hilly land with sandy, gray, and black soils; elevations range between 800 to 1,450 feet above sea level. The county has an average annual rainfall of 30.13 inches and is drained by the Brazos River. Timber in the area includes cedar, oak, and pecan. Temperatures range from an average low of 33° F in January to an average high of 96° F in July; the growing season lasts 221 days. During the 1980s the county's annual agricultural yield was $12.5 million, 90 percent of which was from livestock, including cattle, sheep, angora goats, and hogs. Pecans, peaches, vegetables, grains, and hay accounted for the rest. Clay pipes, aircraft systems, plastics, electronic products, brick, feeds, clothes, and other products manufactured in the county earned an average annual income of $43.4 million. In 1982 oil sales of 364,350 barrels yielded $8.4 million. Major highways include U.S. Highway 180, which runs west to east across the county; Interstate Highway 20, which crosses the southeast corner; and State highways 16 and 108, which run 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

Palo Pinto County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

782 ft – 1530 ft

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Palo Pinto County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Palo Pinto County
Pop. Year Source
29,189 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Palo Pinto County
People Year Source
13,256 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$39,125 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Palo Pinto County
USD ($) Year Source
4,466,912,294 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Palo Pinto County
USD ($) Year Source
353,713,228 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Palo Pinto County
USD ($) Year Source
101,779,888 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
8.2 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
32.1 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
32.2 95.5 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Palo Pinto County
Area (square miles) Year Source
951.8 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Palo Pinto County
Area (square miles) Year Source
985.5 2019 United States Census Bureau