Upton County

Upton County, Texas

Upton County, Texas

Upton County showing in Texas Map. Photograph Credit: 1940s Map #4335, courtesy of the Texas General Land Office via TexasEscapes.com

Upton County is in southwestern Texas. The center of the county lies at 31°22' north latitude and 102°02' west longitude. Rankin, the county's seat of government, is fifty air miles south of Midland. The area was named for Confederate generals John C. Upton and William F. Upton. Upton County covers 1,241 square miles of rocky land in the Edwards Plateau vegetation region; elevations range from 2,300 to 3,000 feet above sea level. While northern sections of the county are flat, the southern sections are rolling and hilly and are pierced by numerous small lakes. The county's exposed limestone surfaces and sandy loam soils are covered with scrub mesquite, greasewood, cacti, catclaw, and grasses. King Mountain in the southwest is the area's highest point; Castle Mountain is fifteen miles north and Moltke Hill is fifteen miles southeast of King Mountain. Numerous small lakes drain to the tributaries of the Middle Concho and Pecos rivers. Rainfall averages only 12.70 inches annually. Temperatures range from an average minimum of 33° F in January to an average maximum of 96° in July. The average growing season lasts 232 days. Mineral resources include caliche and limestone. The area's transportation network includes U.S. Highway 385, U.S. Highway 67, and State highways 329 and 349.

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

Upton County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

2310 ft – 3141 ft

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Upton County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Upton County
Pop. Year Source
3,657 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Upton County
People Year Source
1,624 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$44,545 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Upton County
USD ($) Year Source
4,915,481,626 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Upton County
USD ($) Year Source
39,509,721 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Upton County
USD ($) Year Source
36,670,193 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
7.7 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
15.1 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
31.9 95.3 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Upton County
Area (square miles) Year Source
1,241.3 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Upton County
Area (square miles) Year Source
1,241.5 2019 United States Census Bureau