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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

21,320
– 2.0
935.6
924.5
50–461
56.18
37.5
91.8
7,023
7.3
$34,025,715
$31,120
$2,313,128,226
$134,630,152

map of Tyler County
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Physical Features: Hilly East Texas county; densely timbered; drains to Neches River; B.A. Steinhagen Lake; Big Thicket is unique plant and animal area.

Economy: Lumbering, government/services, some manufacturing, tourism, hunting leases.

History: Caddoan area. Cherokees, Alabama, and Coushatta pushed into area from U.S. South in the 1820s. Anglo-Americans settled in the 1830s. Named for U.S. President John Tyler; county created in 1846 from Liberty County, organized the same year.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 79.4; Black, 11.4; Hispanic, 7.4; Asian, 0.6; Other, 0.8; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 214; deaths, 274; marriages, 136; divorces, 97.

Recreation: Big Thicket National Preserve; Heritage Village; lake activities; Allan Shivers Museum; state forest; historic sites; dogwood festival in spring; rodeo, frontier frolics in September; gospel music fest in June.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas.

Agriculture: Cattle, hay, nursery crops, blueberries, horses. Market value $19.1 million. Timber sales significant.

WOODVILLE (2,711) county seat; lumber, cattle market, varied manufacturing, tourism; hospital, prison.

Other towns include: Chester (308) Colmesneil (579), Doucette (160), Fred (300), Hillister (250), Ivanhoe (1,489), Spurger (590), Warren (812).

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Martin Dies Jr. State Park. Photo by Gary S. HIckinbotham.