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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area (sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

7,181
 0.2
827.5
826.8
3,660–4,120
18.38
19.4
92.0
2,552
3.8
$23,597,761
$42,925
$467,475,399
$47,786,302

 map of Bailey County
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Physical Features: High Plains county, sandy loam soils; mesquite brush; drains to draws forming upper watershed of Brazos River, playas.

Economy: Farm supply manufacturing; electric generating plant; food-processing plants.

locator map for Bailey County

History: Settlement began after 1900. County created from Bexar District 1876, organized 1917. Named for Alamo hero Peter J. Bailey.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 33.4; Black, 1.8; Hispanic, 64.1; Asian, 0.7; Other, 3.3; Two or more races, 1.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 109; deaths, 50; marriages, 53; divorces, 9.

Recreation: Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge; “Old Pete,” the national mule memorial; historical building park; museum; motorcycle rally; mule deer, sandhill crane, pheasant hunting.

Minerals: Insignificant.

Agriculture: Feedlot, dairy cattle; cotton, wheat, sorghum, corn, vegetables; some 50,000 acres irrigated. Market value $292 million.

MULESHOE (5,134) county seat; agribusiness center; feed-corn milling; hospital; livestock show.

Other towns include: Enochs (80); Maple (40).

Bailey County Courthouse

The Bailey County Courthouse in Muleshoe. Photo by Robert Plocheck.