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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

7,214
– 0.1
943.7
943.4
46–431
26.47
42.5
97.0
2,293
7.4
$24,024,564
$36,756
$1,265,843,387
$61,198,390

map of Brooks County
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Physical Features: On Rio Grande plain; level to rolling; brushy; light to dark sandy loam soils.

Economy: Oil, gas, hunting leases, cattle, watermelons and hay.

locator map of Brooks County

History: Coahuiltecan Indians. Spanish land grants date to around 1800. County created from Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata counties, 1911; organized in 1912. Named for J.A. Brooks, Texas Ranger and legislator.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 7.3; Black, 1.1; Hispanic, 90.4; Asian, 1.5; Other, 0.7; Two or more races, 0.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 116; deaths, 90; marriages, 38; divorces, 13.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing; Heritage Museum, Don Pedrito shrine; Fiesta del Campo in October.

Minerals: Oil, gas production; uranium.

Agriculture: Beef cow-calf operations, stocker; crops include hay, squash, watermelons, habanero peppers. Market value $50.8 million.

FALFURRIAS (4,948) county seat; oil and gas, agricultural, government/services.

Other towns include: Encino (139).

A ranch house along FM 755
A ranch house along FM 755. Photo by Robert Plocheck.