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Reagan 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

3,608
7.2
1,176.0
1,175.3
2,370–2,960
19.29
30.8
93.5
1,612
5.4
$22,784,533
$55,073
$3,206,121,179
$63,951,840

map of Reagan County
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Physical Features: Western county; level to hilly, broken by draws, Big Lake (intermittent); sandy, loam, clay soils.

Economy: Oil and gas production, hunting, ranching.

locator map for Reagan County

History: Comanches in the area until the mid-1870s. Ranching began in the 1880s. Hispanic migration increased after 1950. County named for Texas' U.S. Sen. John H. Reagan, first chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission; county created and organized in 1903 from Tom Green County.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 30.9; Black, 1.8; Hispanic, 67.0; Asian, 0.0; Other, 0.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 47; deaths, 27; marriages, 21; divorces, 20.

Recreation: Site of 1923 discovery well Santa Rita No. 1 on University of Texas land, Texon reunion in June.

Minerals: Gas, oil.

Agriculture: Cotton, cattle, sheep, goats. Market value $11.1 million. Hunting leases important.

BIG LAKE (3,291) county seat; center for oil activities, agriculture, government/services; hospital; Spring bluegrass festival, St. Rita festival in August.

The intermittent Big Lake with water

The intermittent Big Lake with water. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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