Terry County

Terry County, Texas

Terry County, Texas

The Terry County Courthouse is housed in Brownfield, Texas. Photograph by Aualliso.

Terry County, on the southern High Plains of West Texas, has an area of 899 square miles and an elevation of 3,100 to 3,600 feet. The county center lies at 38°10' north latitude and 102°21' west longitude, forty miles southwest of Lubbock. The primary roads are U.S. highways 62/82, 385, and 380 and State Highway 137. The land is level, broken by draws and playas with sandy loam soils. There are no rivers or streams, and drainage is through draws, which form the upper watershed of Sulphur Springs Creek. Sand hills dominate the northeast corner of the county. The average annual rainfall is 17.21 inches. The average minimum temperature in January is 26° F; the average maximum in July is 93°. The growing season averages 206 days. Agricultural profits average $63 million annually, 90 percent from cotton. The county is among the state leaders in cotton production and had twenty-one gins in 1971 to process 103,514 running bales produced during that season. Sorghums are also produced, and cattle and hogs are raised. Most of the county's 144,000 acres of irrigated land is planted in cotton. Manufacturing accounts for an income of $4.5 million annually in irrigation equipment, carbon black, fertilizers, and process minerals. In 1982 nearly 14.5 million barrels of oil valued at $451 million and some sodium sulfate were produced.

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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Altitude Range

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Terry County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Terry County
Pop. Year Source
12,377 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Terry County
People Year Source
4,711 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$32,062 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Terry County
USD ($) Year Source
1,277,696,805 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Terry County
USD ($) Year Source
207,870,193 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Terry County
USD ($) Year Source
41,581,783 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
9.1 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
19.6 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
26.9 92.4 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Terry County
Area (square miles) Year Source
888.8 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Terry County
Area (square miles) Year Source
890.9 2019 United States Census Bureau