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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

14,993
– 1.5
914.0
912.0
1,896–2,603
22.42
29.0
93.9
6,737
3.7
$61,092,411
$37,222
$2,916,307,090
$239,838,224

map of Nolan County
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Physical Features: On divide between Brazos, Colorado watersheds; mostly red sandy loams, some waxy, sandy soils; Lake Sweetwater, Lake Trammell.

Economy: Farms/ranches, oil/gas, wind energy, government/services.

locator map for Nolan County

History: Anglo-American settlement began in the late 1870s. County created from the Bexar, Young districts in 1876; organized in 1881; named for adventurer Philip Nolan, who was killed near Waco.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 56.3; Black, 5.3; Hispanic, 36.8; Asian, 0.8; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 2.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 232; deaths, 178; marriages, 114; divorces, 47.

Recreation: Lakes, hunting, pioneer museum; rattlesnake roundup in March, Soap Box Derby in June.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, cotton, sorghum. Market value $23.8 million. Some 3,300 acres  irrigated.

SWEETWATER (10,617) county seat; wind energy, varied manufacturing, gypsum; hospital; Texas State Technical College; WWII museum.

Other towns include: Blackwell (304, partly in Coke County), Oak Creek Reservoir to south; Maryneal (50); Nolan (60); Roscoe (1,266).

Horse Hollow wind farm in Nolan County

The Horse Hollow wind farm along FM 126. Photo by Robert Plocheck.