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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

15,970
3.0
4,764.8
4,763.9
2,040–5,472
15.15
33.2
94.3
6,184
4.0
$60,857,237
$33,042
$2,992,418,129
$274,023,370

map of Pecos County
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Physical Features: Second largest county; high, broken plateau in West Texas; draining to Pecos and tributaries; Imperial Reservoir, Lake Leon; sandy, clay, loam soils.

Economy: Oil, gas, agriculture, government/services, wind turbines.

locator map for Pecos County

History: Comanches in area when military outpost established in 1859. Settlement began after the Civil War. Created from Presidio County in 1871; organized in 1872; named for Pecos River, name origin uncertain.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 25.9; Black, 4.5; Hispanic, 68.5; Asian, 1.0; Other, 1.4; Two or more races, 1.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 227; deaths, 114; marriages, 81; divorces, 12.

Recreation: Old Fort Stockton, Annie Riggs Museum, stagecoach stop, scenic drives, Dinosaur Track Roadside Park, cattle-trail sites, archaeological museum with oil and ranch-heritage collections; Comanche Springs Water Carnival in summer.

Minerals: Natural gas, oil, gravel, caliche.

Agriculture: Cattle, alfalfa, pecans, sheep, goats, onions, peppers, melons. Market value $47.5 million. Aquaculture firm producing shrimp. Hunting leases.

FORT STOCKTON (8,697) county seat, distribution center for petroleum industry, government/services, agriculture, tourism, varied manufacturing, winery, prison units, spaceport launching small satellites; hospital; historical tours.

Iraan (1,265) oil and gas center, wind energy, ranching; hospital, museum; Alley Oop park; Holiday bazaar/celebration in November.

Other towns include: Coyanosa (182); Girvin (20); Imperial (303) center for irrigated farming; Sheffield (322) oil, gas center.

Pecos pronunciation

 

cemetery at Iraan

The cemetery at Iraan. Photo by Robert Plocheck.