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Upton 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

3,673
9.7
1,241.5
1,241.3
2,310–3,141
15.14
31.9
95.3
1,496
3.5
$28,007,651
$56,860
$3,040,154,504
$31,308,054

map of Upton County
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Physical Features: Western county; north flat, south rolling, hilly; limestone, sandy loam soils, drains to creeks.

Economy: Oil, wind turbines, farming, ranching.

History: Apache and Comanche area until tribes removed by U.S. Army in the 1870s. Sheep, cattle ranching developed in the 1880s. Oil discovered in 1925. County created in 1887 from Tom Green County; organized in 1910; name honors brothers John and William Upton, Confederate colonels.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 42.6; Black, 3.0; Hispanic, 53.0; Asian, 0.7; Other, 2.8; Two or more races, 1.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 49; deaths, 36; marriages, 44; divorces, 19.

Recreation: Historic sites, Mendoza Trail museum, scenic areas; McCamey chili cookoff in October, pecan show in November.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas.

Agriculture: Cotton, sheep, goats, cattle, watermelons, pecans. Extensive irrigation. Market value $12.7 million.

RANKIN (808) county seat, oil, ranching, farming; hospital; Barbados cookoff in May, All Kid rodeo in June.

McCAMEY (1,945) oil, gas, wind; hospital; Wind Energy bluegrass festival in September.

Other town: Midkiff (182).

Wind turbines along FM 1901

Wind turbines along FM 1901. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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