Kerr County

Kerr County, Texas

Kerr County, Texas

The Kerr County Courthouse is located in Kerrville, Texas, the county seat. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Kerr County is fifty miles northwest of San Antonio in the Edwards Plateau region of south central Texas. The irregularly shaped county is bounded on the northeast by Gillespie County, on the east by Kendall County, on the south by Bandera County, on the southwest by Real County, on the west by Edwards County, and on the northwest by Kimble County. The center of the county lies at approximately 30°04' north latitude and 99°20' west longitude. The county was named for James Kerr, an Old Three Hundred colonist and an important figure in the Texas Revolution. Kerrville is the county seat, and Ingram is the only other incorporated community. The county is served by Interstate Highway 10, U.S. highways 83 and 87, and State highways 16, 27, and 39. Kerr County is drained by the Guadalupe River and its tributaries and covers 1,107 square miles of undulating to hilly land with elevations that range from 1,500 to 2,000 feet above sea level. Annual rainfall is thirty inches. January's average minimum temperature is 32° F; July's average maximum is 94° F. The county has a growing season of 216 days, and between 1 and 10 percent of the land is considered prime farmland. In the northwest area of the county soils are dark and loamy over limestone; to the south and east soils are variable with light colored brown to red soils in some areas and dark loamy or loamy soils over clayey subsoils elsewhere. The county is in the Edwards Plateau vegetation area, characterized by buffalograss, wildrye, and switchgrass, and by live oak, shinnery oak, junipers, and mesquite trees.

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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Kerr County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

1400 ft – 2420 ft

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Kerr County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Kerr County
Pop. Year Source
52,600 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Kerr County
People Year Source
21,364 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$50,150 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Kerr County
USD ($) Year Source
7,119,284,653 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Kerr County
USD ($) Year Source
961,915,014 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Kerr County
USD ($) Year Source
215,580,613 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
6.6 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
32.1 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
33.8 92.2 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Kerr County
Area (square miles) Year Source
1,103.3 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Kerr County
Area (square miles) Year Source
1,107.3 2019 United States Census Bureau