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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

1,528
– 6.7
901.6
900.0
2,064–3,370
22.41
23.2
90.9
536
3.7
$3,251,436
$35,305
$611,452,520
$7,889,521

map of Briscoe County
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Physical Features: Partly on High Plains, broken by Caprock Escarpment, fork of Red River; sandy, loam soils.

Economy: Agriculture, government/services.

locator map for Briscoe County

History: Apaches in area, displaced by Comanches around 1700. Ranchers settled in the 1880s. County created from the Bexar District in 1876 and organized in 1892; named for Andrew Briscoe, Republic of Texas soldier.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 69.0; Black, 3.2; Hispanic, 25.4; Asian, 0.3; Other, 0.7; Two or more races, 2.3.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 13; deaths, 20; marriages, 12; divorces, 6.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing; scenic drives; museum; state park, trailway, Clarity tunnel, Mackenzie Reservoir; Briscoe County Celebration in August.

Minerals: Insignificant.

Agriculture: Cotton, beef,  grain sorghum, wheat, hay. Some 23,000 acres irrigated. Market value $20.4 million.

SILVERTON (607) county seat; agribusiness center, irrigation supplies manufactured; clinics.

Quitaque (335) trade center, agribusiness, nature tourism.

Red bluffs at Caprock Canyons State Park
The red bluffs of Caprock Canyons State Park. Photo by Robert Plocheck.