Donley County

Donley County, Texas

Donley County, Texas

View of hay field in northeastern Donley County. Photo by Robert Plochec

Donley County, in the eastern Panhandle just east of the Llano Estacado, is bordered on the north by Gray County, on the west by Armstrong County, on the east by Collingsworth County, and on the south by Briscoe and Hall counties. It was named for Stockton P. Donley, a pioneer lawyer. The center of the county is at 30°00' latitude and 100°50' longitude. Clarendon, the county seat, is near the center of the county, seventy miles southeast of Amarillo. The county occupies 929 square miles of rolling prairie and broken rangeland. Its sandy clay, deep loam, and sandy loam support a variety of native grasses as well as cotton, grain sorghum, wheat, and corn. Oak, cottonwood, elm, mesquite, and other trees can be found near the rivers and streams in the county. The Salt Fork of the Red River rises to the west in Armstrong County, runs eastward across the center of Donley County, and is fed by Beckard, Allen, Carroll, Saddler's, and Whitefish creeks. Several tributaries, including Mulberry, McCullum, Hall, Big Sandy, Brush, West and East Bitter, Oaks, Indian, and Buck creeks, head in Donley County and flow southward toward the South Fork of the Red River. Most of these streams are intermittent, and those that flow year-round do so in a trickle. Elevations in Donley County range from 2,200 to 3,200 feet above sea level, and the average annual rainfall is 20.74 inches. The average minimum temperature is 26° F in January, and the annual average maximum is 96° in July. The growing season averages 206 days per year.

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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Donley County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Donley County
Pop. Year Source
3,278 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Donley County
People Year Source
1,269 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$45,736 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Donley County
USD ($) Year Source
838,813,465 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Donley County
USD ($) Year Source
40,903,265 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Donley County
USD ($) Year Source
7,697,473 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
5.8 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
24.0 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
23.8 94.7 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Donley County
Area (square miles) Year Source
926.9 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Donley County
Area (square miles) Year Source
933.1 2019 United States Census Bureau