Morris County

Morris County, Texas

Morris County, Texas

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

Morris County, Texas

Map of Morris County, Texas. Map Credit: Robert Plocheck.

Morris County is located in northeastern Texas, one county removed from the state's northern boundary and one county removed from the state's eastern boundary. Daingerfield, the county seat and largest town, is fifty miles southwest of Texarkana and 125 miles northeast of Dallas. The county's center lies at 33°07' north latitude and 94°44' west longitude. U.S. Highway 67 traverses the northern part of the county from east to west, U.S. Highway 30 crosses the northwestern part of the county, and U.S. Highway 259 crosses north and south. The county's transportation needs are also served by two railroads, the St. Louis and Southwestern and the Louisiana and Arkansas, originally constructed in the late 1870s as the Texas and St. Louis and the East Line and Red River, respectively.

Morris County comprises 256 square miles of the East Texas timberlands, an area that is heavily forested with a great variety of softwoods and hardwoods, especially pine, cypress, and oak. The terrain ranges from gently rolling in the north to hilly in the south, with an elevation ranging from 250 to 600 feet above sea level. The northern one-third of the county is drained by the Sulphur River, and the remainder is drained by Cypress Creek. The soil is predominantly light colored, acidic, and sandy to loamy, generally with a deep reddish subsoil. Between 21 and 30 percent of the land in the county is considered prime farmland. Mineral resources include clay, lignite coal, industrial sand, and iron ore. Pine and hardwood production in 1989 totaled 21,836,928 cubic feet. Temperatures range from an average high of 95°F in July to an average low of 30° in January. Rainfall averages slightly more than forty-six inches a year, and the growing season averages 236 days.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Morris County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

228 ft – 614 ft

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Morris County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Morris County
Pop. Year Source
12,388 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Morris County
People Year Source
4,770 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$43,421 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Morris County
USD ($) Year Source
1,039,068,920 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Morris County
USD ($) Year Source
97,169,473 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Morris County
USD ($) Year Source
50,437,720 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
12.4 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
46.8 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
35.1 94.1 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Morris County
Area (square miles) Year Source
252.0 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Morris County
Area (square miles) Year Source
258.7 2019 United States Census Bureau