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Martin 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

5,723
19.3
915.7
914.9
2,470–2,976
17.56
30.0
94.0
2,411
2.9
$23,709,976
$47,612
$4,367,630,050
$79,243,829

map of Martin County
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Physical Features: South Plains; sandy, loam soils, broken by playas, creeks; Sulphur Springs Draw Reservoir.

Economy: Oil and gas production, agribusiness.

locator map for Martin County

History: Apaches, ousted by Comanches who in turn were forced out by the U.S. Army in 1875. Farming began in 1881. County created from Bexar District in 1876; organized in 1884; named for Wylie Martin, senator of Republic of Texas.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 50.5; Black, 2.9; Hispanic, 46.1; Asian, 0.4; Other, 1.5; Two or more races, 1.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 119; deaths, 52; marriages, 23; divorces, 16.

Recreation: Museum, settlers reunion in July at Stanton.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Cotton, beef cattle, milo, wheat, horses, meat goats. Market value $20.3  million.

STANTON (2,900) county seat; oil and gas production, agribusiness; commuting to Midland, Big Spring; hospital; historic monastery, other historic buildings; Old Sorehead trade days April, June, October.

Other towns include: Ackerly (224, partly in Dawson County); Lenorah (83); Tarzan (30). A small part of Midland.

monastery at Stanton abandoned in 1938

The monastery at Stanton abandoned in 1938. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

 

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