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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

23,275
1.5
908.6
908.4
3,300–3,730
19.84
26.1
91.6
11,026
3.6
$111,687,768
$41,096
$2,535,159,725
$198,591,856

map of Hockley County
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Physical Features: South Plains, numerous playas, drains to Yellow House Draw; loam, sandy loam soils.

Economy: Extensive oil, gas production and services; manufacturing; varied agribusiness.

locator map for Hockley County

History: Comanches displaced Apaches in early 1700s. Large ranches of 1880s brought few residents. Homesteaders arrived after 1900. County created 1876 from Bexar, Young districts; organized 1921. Named for the Republic of Texas secretary of war Gen. G.W. Hockley.

Race/Ethnicity (in percent): Anglo, 47.4; Black, 4.2; Hispanic, 47.1; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.5; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 310; deaths, 224; marriages, 154; divorces, 70.

Recreation: Early Settlers’ Day in July; Marigolds Arts, Crafts Festival in November.

Minerals: Oil, gas, stone; one of leading oil counties with more than 1 billion barrels produced.

Agriculture: Cotton, grain sorghum; cattle, hogs raised; substantial irrigation. Market value $78.7 million.

LEVELLAND (14,115) county seat; oil, cotton, cattle center; government/services; hospital; South Plains College; Hot Burrito & Bluegrass Music Festival in July.

Other towns include: Anton (1,133); Opdyke West (173); Pep (30); Ropesville (440); Smyer (484); Sundown (1,383); Whitharral (158).

Hockley County Courthouse

The Hockley County Courthouse in Levelland. Photo by Robert Plocheck.