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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

163,274
8.2
734.5
724.7
500–1,065
37.61
32.6
95.7
77,482
3.4
$480,538,531
$38,533
$12,819,780,599
$1,676,915,010

map of Johnson County
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Physical Features: North central county drained by tributaries of Trinity, Brazos rivers; lakes; hilly, rolling, many soil types.

Economy: Agribusiness, railroad shops; manufacturing, distribution, lake activities, many residents employed in Fort Worth; part of Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area.

locator map for Johnson County

History: No permanent Indian villages existed in area. Anglo-American settlers arrived in the 1840s. County named for Col. M.T. Johnson of the Mexican War, Confederacy; created and organized 1854. Formed from McLennan, Hill, and Navarro counties.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 73.2; Black, 3.3; Hispanic, 20.6; Asian, 0.9; Other, 1.5; Two or more races, 1.8.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 2,022; deaths, 1,340; marriages, 1,173; divorces, 576.

Recreation: Bird, deer hunting; water activities on Lake Pat Cleburne, Lake Whitney; state park; sports complex; museum; Chisholm Trail; Goatneck bike ride in July.

Minerals: Limestone, sand and gravel.

Agriculture: Cattle, hay, horses, dairies, cotton, sorghum, wheat, oats, hogs. Market value $78.9 million.

CLEBURNE (31,541) county seat; manufacturing, oil and gas; hospital, library, museum; Hill College campus; Whistle Stop Christmas.

BURLESON (42,328, part in Tarrant County) agriculture, retail center; hospital.

Other towns include: Alvarado (4,095) County Pioneer Days; Briaroaks (490); Coyote Flats (314); Cross Timber (273); Godley (1,085); Grandview (1,633); Joshua (6,667) many residents work in Fort Worth; Keene (6,698) Southwestern Adventist University; Lillian (1,160); Rio Vista (946), and Venus (3,349).

Also, part of Cresson (794), and part [1,652] of Mansfield (64,523, mostly in Tarrant County).

Old downtown Venus

Old downtown Venus. Photo by Robert Plocheck.