Young County

Young County, Texas

Young County, Texas

The Young County Courthouse is located in Graham, the county seat. Photograph by Renelibrary.
Physical Features: Hilly, broken; drained by Brazos and tributaries; Possum Kingdom Lake, Lake Graham. Economy: Oil, agribusiness, tourism, hunting leases. History: U.S. military outpost established in 1851. Site of the Brazos Indian Reservation 1854–1859 with Caddoes, Wacos, other tribes. Anglo-American settlers arrived in the 1850s. County named for early Texan, Col. W.C. Young; created from Bosque and Fannin counties, and organized in 1856; reorganized 1874. Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 79.3; Black, 1.7; Hispanic, 17.4; Asian, 0.6; Other, 2.6. Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 246; deaths, 239; marriages, 150; divorces, 65. Recreation: Lake activities; hunting; old Fort Belknap; marker at oak tree in Graham where ranchers formed forerunner of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Minerals: Oil, natu- ral gas, sand, gravel. Agriculture: Beef cattle; wheat is the chief crop, also grown are hay, cotton, pecans, nursery plants. Market value $23.7 million. GRAHAM (9,317) county seat; oil, gas, agriculture, tourism, government/services; hospital; old post office museum/art center; Western heritage and days in September. Other towns include: Loving (300), named for the Loving Ranch; Newcastle (593) an old coal-mining town; Olney (3,406) aluminum, varied manufacturing, hospital; the One-Arm Dove Hunt in September; South Bend (100).

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Place type

Young County is classified as a County

Pronunciations

  • yuhng

Altitude Range

995 ft – 1522 ft

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Young County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Young County
Pop. Year Source
18,010 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Young County
People Year Source
7,644 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$50,231 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Young County
USD ($) Year Source
1,995,597,201 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Young County
USD ($) Year Source
287,489,250 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Young County
USD ($) Year Source
77,843,369 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
6.1 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
31.5 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
28.3 96.2 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Young County
Area (square miles) Year Source
914.5 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Young County
Area (square miles) Year Source
930.9 2019 United States Census Bureau
Handbook of Texas

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas , a digital state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records

Young County is in north central Texas. The center of the county is at 33°10' north latitude and 98°40' west longitude, fifty-five miles south of Wichita Falls. Graham, the county's seat of government, is in the southeastern section of the county, sixty-five air miles northwest of Fort Worth. The county was named for Col. William C. Young. It covers 919 square miles of hilly, broken country with elevations from 1,000 to 1,300 feet above sea level. The area is drained by Lake Graham, near the center of the county, and by the Brazos River, which forms Possum Kingdom Lake in the southeastern part of the county. Young County is in the Cross Timbers and Prairie vegetation areas, covered by tall and mid grasses, live oak and post oak, and juniper and mesquite. The climate is subtropical subhumid, with an average minimum temperature of 31° F in January and an average maximum of 98° in July; the average annual rainfall is twenty-eight inches. The growing season lasts 216 days. The area is served by U.S. Highway 380 and State highways 16 and 79.

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