Somervell County

Somervell County, Texas

Somervell County, Texas

The Somervell County Courthouse is located in the city of Glen Rose, the county seat. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Somervell County is in north central Texas and is bisected by U.S. Highway 67 and State Highway 144. It comprises 188 square miles, the second-smallest area among Texas counties. Glen Rose, the principal town and county seat, is fifty-five miles southwest of Fort Worth. The county's center lies at 32°14' north latitude and 97°47' west longitude. The eastern half of the county is in the Grand Prairie region, while the western area is in the Cross Timbers. The primary soil type consists of very shallow, clayey soils in limestone. Other types include deep loamy and alluvial soils, especially along the river bottoms. Most of the land is used for range, though some is pasture and cropland. The only mineral resources are brick clay, limestone, road materials, and a small amount of natural gas. The overall terrain is generally rough with outcroppings of limestone. Native trees on the uplands include live oak, Spanish oak, mountain cedar, post oak, black jack, and mesquite. Cottonwood, pecan, bur oak, and black walnut can be found along the river bottoms. The elevation ranges from 600 to 1,200 feet. Three major streams traverse the county; the Brazos River winds through the eastern third, while the Paluxy River passes through the center and empties into the Brazos near its confluence with Squaw Creek. Temperatures range from a July average maximum of 98° F to a January average minimum of 32°. The average annual rainfall is 32.65 inches, and the growing season is 236 days long.

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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Somervell County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Somervell County
Pop. Year Source
9,128 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Somervell County
People Year Source
4,277 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$45,756 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Somervell County
USD ($) Year Source
2,826,470,943 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Somervell County
USD ($) Year Source
49,549,931 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Somervell County
USD ($) Year Source
53,201,274 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
7.6 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
36.9 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
27.4 97.0 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Somervell County
Area (square miles) Year Source
186.5 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Somervell County
Area (square miles) Year Source
192.0 2019 United States Census Bureau