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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

12,056
4.6
1,078.9
1,039.7
94–530
26.36
42.4
95.5
5,006
4.7
$45,575,603
$44,968
$4,345,528,097
$163,096,894

map of Live Oak County
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Physical Features: Brushy plains between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, partly broken by Nueces and tributaries; black waxy, gray sandy, other soils; Lake Corpus Christi, Choke Canyon Reservoir.

Economy: Oil, government/services, tourism, agribusinesses.

locator map for Live Oak County

History: Coahuiltecans squeezed out by Lipan Apaches and Spanish. Spanish ranching started in the 1810s. Settlers from Ireland arrived in 1835. County named for predominant tree; created and organized in 1856 from Nueces and San Patricio counties.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 54.4; Black, 5.1; Hispanic, 39.1; Asian, 0.7; Other, 1.4; Two or more races, 1.1.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 138; deaths, 143; marriages, 65; divorces, 36.

Recreation: Lakes; water activities; state park; hunting; historic sites.

Minerals: Oil, gas, sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Cow-calf operations; hogs; corn, grain sorghum, cotton; some irrigation for hay, coastal Bermuda pastures. Market value $17.9 million.

GEORGE WEST (2,629) county seat, oil and gas operations, museum, Storyfest in November.

Three Rivers (1,993) oil and gas, hunting and fishing, agriculture, federal prison, salsa festival in April.

Other towns include: Dinero (344); Lagarto (735), Pernitas Point (274, partly in Jim Wells County), Whitsett (200).

Cropland south of George West

Cropland south of George West. Photo by Robert Plocheck.