Briscoe County

Tule Canyon, Briscoe County, Texas

Tule Canyon, Briscoe County, Texas

Tule Canyon, part of the Llano Estacado in Briscoe County, Texas. Photograph by Leaflet.

Briscoe County is on the edge of the Texas High Plains along the eastern Caprock escarpment, which separates the Llano Estacado from the rolling plains. It is bordered on the east by Hall County, on the west by Swisher County, on the north by Armstrong County, and on the south by Floyd and Motley counties. Briscoe County was separated from the Bexar District in 1876, organized in 1892, and named for Andrew Briscoe, a soldier in the Texas Revolution, who during the period of the republic became a judge and railroad promoter. The county comprises 887 square miles of irregular terrain ranging up to 3,300 feet in altitude; the elevation drops in Tule Canyon as low as 1,000 feet. The annual precipitation averages 10.5 inches, and the growing season averages 214 days a year. The average annual minimum temperature is 26° F in January, and the annual maximum is 94° in July. Silverton, the county seat, is five miles southwest of the center of the county, which is at 101°15' west longitude and 34°30' north latitude, sixty miles southeast of Amarillo.

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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Briscoe County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

2064 ft – 3370 ft

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Briscoe County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Briscoe County
Pop. Year Source
1,546 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Briscoe County
People Year Source
531 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$35,243 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Briscoe County
USD ($) Year Source
583,968,229 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Briscoe County
USD ($) Year Source
7,005,778 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Briscoe County
USD ($) Year Source
3,409,051 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
4.5 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
22.4 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
23.2 90.9 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Briscoe County
Area (square miles) Year Source
900.0 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Briscoe County
Area (square miles) Year Source
901.6 2019 United States Census Bureau