Bailey County

Bailey County, Texas

Bailey County, Texas

Bailey County, Texas. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Bailey County, in the western Panhandle, is bordered on the west by New Mexico, on the north by Parmer County, on the east by Lamb County, and on the south by Cochran County. The county center lies at 34°04' north latitude and 102°50' west longitude, about seventy-five miles northwest of Lubbock. Bailey County is a part of the Southern High Plains and has an altitude of 3,800 to 4,400 feet above mean sea level. Its 835 square miles of plain are surfaced by sandy loam covered with grasses and mesquite brush. The Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River drains the northern parts of the county; other sections drain to numerous small playas. The most conspicuous topographic feature is a range of sand hills that runs from northeast to southwest a mile south of Muleshoe. The average annual rainfall is 17.29 inches. The average minimum temperature in January is 20° F; the average maximum in July is 92° F. The growing season of 181 days is shorter than the average for West Texas counties because of the higher elevation and cooler weather. U.S. Highway 70/84 crosses the northeast part of the county. State highways 214 and 298 carry traffic north to south and east to west, respectively; in the early twenty-first century the area was also served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.

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

Bailey County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

3660 ft – 4120 ft

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Bailey County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Bailey County
Pop. Year Source
7,000 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Bailey County
People Year Source
2,248 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$42,507 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Bailey County
USD ($) Year Source
475,152,988 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Bailey County
USD ($) Year Source
51,705,731 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Bailey County
USD ($) Year Source
26,532,396 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
5.6 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
18.4 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
19.4 92.0 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Bailey County
Area (square miles) Year Source
826.8 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Bailey County
Area (square miles) Year Source
827.5 2019 United States Census Bureau