Loving County

Loving County, Texas

Loving County, Texas

Breathtaking view of the Peco River crossing both Loving and Reeves Counties, in Texas.
Photograph Credit: Robert Plocheck.

Loving County, the smallest county in the Permian Basin of West Texas, is bounded on the east by Winkler County, on the south by Ward County, on the west by the Pecos River and Reeves County, and on the north by Eddy and Lea counties, New Mexico. The center of the county lies at 31°50' north latitude and 103°35' west longitude. Mentone, the county seat and only town in the county, is located in its southwestern corner seventy-five miles west of Odessa. Loving County consists of 671 square miles of flat desert terrain with a few low-rolling hills stretching over calichified bedrock and wash deposits of pebbles, gravel, and sand. The soils of the county-loams, chalk, clays, and sands-support desert shrubs, cacti, range grasses, and salt cedars along the river. Wildlife includes waterfowl, quail, deer, badgers, javelinas, rabbits, bobcats, coyotes, armadillos, skunks, opossums, raccoons, rattlesnakes, killifish, brine shrimp, and turtles. Elevations vary from 2,686 to 3,311 feet above sea level. Temperatures vary from an average low of 29° F in January to an average high of 96° in July. The growing season lasts 222 days. Rainfall averages just over ten inches. The county has an immature drainage system made up of hundreds of playas and dry draws that feed into the Pecos only after heavy rainfall. In 1936 Red Bluff Dam was built across the Pecos on the Texas-New Mexico boundary for irrigation and recreation. Water from the Pecos, however, is too saline for drinking, so the 100 residents of the county haul water from a community tank.

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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Place type

Loving County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

2660 ft – 3374 ft

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Loving County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Loving County
Pop. Year Source
169 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Loving County
People Year Source
670 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$56,730 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Loving County
USD ($) Year Source
3,761,383,250 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Loving County
USD ($) Year Source
13,555,678 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Loving County
USD ($) Year Source
5,224,249 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
0.7 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
12.6 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
29.7 99.3 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Loving County
Area (square miles) Year Source
668.9 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Loving County
Area (square miles) Year Source
676.7 2019 United States Census Bureau