Dawson County

Dawson County, Texas

Dawson County, Texas

Dawson County Courhouse located in the City of Lamesa, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Dawson County lies on the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado on the southern High Plains. The center point of the county is at 32°45' north latitude and 101°57' west longitude, sixty miles south of Lubbock. The county comprises 902 square miles of rolling prairie, broken on the east. The land, surfaced with sandy and loam soils, drains to playas. The altitude ranges from 2,600 to 3,200 feet above mean sea level. The average annual rainfall is 16.09 inches. The average minimum temperature in January is 28° F; the maximum average in July is 94°. The growing season averages 212 days. The county is crossed by Sulphur Springs Draw, a natural trail used by the Indians since prehistoric times and by the first White men who entered the South Plains. The area was the summer home of Comanches and Kiowas, who moved from waterhole to waterhole in a region that White men supposed waterless. A portion of the future county was included in a Mexican grant issued to Dr. John Cameron on May 21, 1827. Cameron contracted to settle 100 families, but there is no record of any attempt to carry out the contract.

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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Dawson County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

2580 ft – 3220 ft

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Dawson County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Dawson County
Pop. Year Source
12,728 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Dawson County
People Year Source
4,608 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$37,111 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Dawson County
USD ($) Year Source
1,263,512,450 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Dawson County
USD ($) Year Source
222,427,746 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Dawson County
USD ($) Year Source
47,257,167 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
9.9 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
19.1 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
26.0 93.1 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Dawson County
Area (square miles) Year Source
900.3 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Dawson County
Area (square miles) Year Source
902.1 2019 United States Census Bureau