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Val Verde County

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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July mean max.
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Unemployed
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48,881
0.0
3,232.7
3,144.8
845–2,343
20.19
38.7
96.4
20,019
4.4
$155,773,802
$34,778
$3,396,522,146
$574,368,288

map of Val Verde County
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Physical Features: Southwestern county bordering Mexico, rolling, hilly; brushy; Devils, Pecos rivers, Rio Grande and Amistad Reservoir; limestone, alluvial soils.

Economy: Agribusiness, tourism, trade center, military, Border Patrol, hunting leases, fishing.

History: Apaches, Coahuiltecans, Jumanos present when Spanish came through in late 1500s. Comanches arrived later. U.S. military outposts established in 1850s to protect settlers. Only county named for Civil War battle; Val Verde means green valley. Created 1885 from Crockett, Kinney, Pecos counties, organized the same year.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 15.6; Black, 1.9; Hispanic, 81.7; Asian, 0.8; Other, 1.0; Two or more races, 1.1.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 866; deaths, 353; marriages, 458; divorces, 158.

Recreation: Gateway to Mexico; deer hunting, fishing; Amistad lake activities; two state parks; Langtry restoration of Judge Roy Bean’s saloon; ancient pictographs; San Felipe Springs; winery.

Minerals: Production sand and gravel, gas, oil.

Agriculture: Sheep, Angora goats, meat goats (second in numbers); cattle; minor irrigation. Market value $10.7 million.

DEL RIO (35,419) county seat; government/services including federal agencies and military, agribusiness, tourism; hospital, extension colleges; Fiesta de Amistad in October.

Laughlin Air Force Base (1,570).

Other towns and places include: Cienegas Terrace (3,421); Comstock (344); Langtry (30); Val Verde Park (2,429).

Mountain laurel in bloom at Devil's River State Natural Area.

Mountain laurel in bloom at Devil's River State Natural Area. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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