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Swisher 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

7,466
– 4.9
900.7
890.2
3,160–3,735
21.57
22.0
91.9
2,641
3.9
$16,639,371
$47,284
$719,114,677
$50,163,937

map of Swisher County
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Physical Features: High Plains; level, broken by Tule Canyon and Creek; playas; large underground water supply; rich soils.

Economy: Feedlots, grain storage, manufacturing, tourism, prison.

History: Apaches; displaced by Comanches around 1700. U.S. Army removed Comanches in 1874. Ranching began in the late 1870s. Farming developed after 1900. County named for J.G. Swisher of Texas Revolution; county created from Bexar, Young territories in 1876; organized in 1890.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 46.7; Black, 8.2; Hispanic, 44.1; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.6; Two or more races, 1.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 95; deaths, 81; marriages, 40; divorces, 13.

Recreation: Mackenzie battle site, Ozark Trail marker festival in May.

Minerals: Not significant.

Agriculture: Stocker cattle, feedlots. Cotton, corn, wheat, sorghum. Some 65,000 acres irrigated. Market value $586.8 million.

TULIA (4,752) county seat; wind energy, feedlots, manufacturing, cotton storage, prison; hospital, library, museum; stock show in January.

Other towns include: Happy (654, partly in Randall County); Kress (702); Vigo Park (36).

Swisher County Courthouse square, Tulia

The Swisher County Courthouse square in Tulia. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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