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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

6,032
– 2.4
924.1
920.2
2,926–3,595
21.78
20.3
92.2
3,028
3.0
$87,949,812
$45,119
$2,148,574,950
$110,217,488

map of Carson County
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Physical Features: In center of Panhandle on level, some broken land; loam soils.

Economy: Pantex nuclear weapons assembly/disassembly facility (U.S. Department of Energy), commuting to Amarillo, petrochemical plants, agribusiness.

locator map for Carson County

History: Apaches, displaced by Comanches. Anglo-American ranchers settled in the 1880s. German, Polish farmers arrived around 1910. County created from Bexar District, 1876; organized 1888. Named for Republic secretary of state S.P. Carson.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 85.5; Black, 0.8; Hispanic, 10.2; Asian, 0.4; Other, 1.6; Two or more races, 2.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 69; deaths, 58; marriages, 35; divorces, 14.

Recreation: Museum, The Cross at Groom; Square House Barbecue in fall.

Minerals: Oil, gas production.

Agriculture: Cattle, cotton, wheat, sorghum, corn, hay, soybeans. Market value $83 million.

PANHANDLE (2,409) county seat; government/services, agribusiness, petroleum center, commuters to Amarillo; Veterans Day celebration, car show in June.

Other towns include: Groom (566) farming center, government/services, Groom Day festival in August; Skellytown (471); White Deer (1,009) Polish sausage festival in November.

A giant cross along I-40 at Groom
A giant cross attracts truckers and travelers along I-40 at Groom. Photo by Robert Plocheck.