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Dimmit County

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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

10,794
8.0
1,334.5
1,328.9
410–871
19.77
40.5
97.8
5,811
5.0
$65,653,293
$48,203
$4,678,568,182
$123,157,427

map of Dimmit County
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Physical Features: Southwest county; level to rolling; much brush; sandy, loam, red soils; drained by Nueces River.

Economy: Government/services, agribusiness, petroleum products, tourism.

locator map for Dimmit County

History: Coahuiltecan area, later Comanches. John Townsend, a black man from Nacogdoches, led the first attempt at settlement before the Civil War. Texas Rangers forced out the Comanches in 1877. Mexican migration increased after 1910. County created 1858 from Bexar, Maverick, Uvalde, Webb counties; organized 1880. Named for Philip Dimmitt of the Texas Revolution; law misspelled name.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 11.3; Black, 1.6; Hispanic, 86.6; Asian, 0.7; Other, 0.8; Two or more races, 0.8.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 190; deaths, 109; marriages, 61; divorces, 3.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing, campsites, wildlife area; winter haven for tourists.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas.

Agriculture: Onions, pecans, cantaloupes, olives, tomatoes, tangerines, cattle, goats, horses, hay. Market value $35.2 million.

CARRIZO SPRINGS (6,038) county seat; agribusiness center, feedlot, food processing, oil, gas processing, hunting center; hospital; historic Baptist church; Brush Country Day in October.

Other towns include: Asherton (1,146), Big Wells (767) Cinco de Mayo, and Catarina (119) Camino Real festival in April.

Dimmit pronunciation

 

Old hotel in Catarina, Dimmit County

The old hotel in Catarina. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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