Cochran County

Cochran County Courthouse, Morton, Texas

Cochran County Courthouse, Morton, Texas

The Cochran County Courthouse, in Morton, Texas. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Cochran County, on the southern High Plains, is bordered on the west by New Mexico, on the north by Bailey County, on the east by Hockley County, and on the south by Yoakum County. It was named for Robert Cochran, who died at the Alamo. The center point of the county is 33°35' north latitude and 102°50' west longitude, some fifty miles west of Lubbock. Cochran County covers 783 square miles of level prairie with elevations varying from 3,500 to 3,800 feet above sea level; loamy or sandy soils predominate. Many small lakes dot the county, including Silver Lake, a small salt lake known to Spanish explorers as Laguna Quemado. Rainfall in the area averages 15.62 inches a year; the average minimum temperature in January is 23° F; the average high in July is 92° F. The growing season lasts 189 days. Mesquite and grama grasses provide much of the ground cover. State highways 214 (north–south), 114 (east–west), and 125 (east–west) serve the county.

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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Cochran County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

3565 ft – 4000 ft

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Cochran County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Cochran County
Pop. Year Source
2,853 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Cochran County
People Year Source
1,069 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$38,312 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Cochran County
USD ($) Year Source
480,943,415 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Cochran County
USD ($) Year Source
29,249,587 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Cochran County
USD ($) Year Source
8,128,944 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
18.9 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
24.4 91.5 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Cochran County
Area (square miles) Year Source
775.2 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Cochran County
Area (square miles) Year Source
775.2 2019 United States Census Bureau