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Kenedy County

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Population
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404
– 2.2
1,945.8
1,458.3
sea level–115
29.17
44.4
94.6
200
5.5
$6,715,030
$67,830
$1,831,534,916
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map of Kenedy County
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Physical Features: Gulf coastal county; flat, sandy terrain, some loam soils; motts of live oaks.

Economy: Oil, ranching, nature tourism, hunting leases, wind farm.

locator map for Kenedy County

History: Coahuiltecan Indians who assimilated or were driven out by Lipan Apaches. Spanish ranching began in 1790s. Anglo-Americans arrived after Mexican War. Among last counties created, organized, 1921 from Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy counties; named for pioneer steamboat operator and cattleman, Capt. Mifflin Kenedy.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 22.0; Black, 4.2; Hispanic, 73.3; Asian, 0.7; Other, 1.5; Two or more races, 0.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 5; deaths, 3; marriages, 4; divorces, 0.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing, nature tourism.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Beef cattle. Market value $23.7 million. Hunting leases, nature tourism important.

SARITA (239) county seat; cattle-shipping point, ranch headquarters, gas processing; one of state’s least populous counties.

Also, Armstrong (4).

Kenedy County Courthouse

The old Kenedy County Courthouse. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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