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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

7,067
 0.4
713.7
696.4
1,560–2,060
26.43
26.8
95.7
2,856
2.9
$24,429,791
$29,459
$772,574,181
$109,052,230

map of Childress County
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Physical Features: Rolling prairie, at corner of Panhandle, draining to fork of Red River; Baylor Creek Lake, Lake Childress; mixed soils.

Economy: Government/services, retail trade, tourism, agriculture.

locator map for Childress County

History: Apache tribal area, displaced by Comanches. Ranchers arrived around 1880. County created in 1876 from Bexar, Young districts; organized in 1887; named for writer of Texas Declaration of Independence, George C. Childress.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 57.0; Black, 10.2; Hispanic, 30.9; Asian, 0.7; Other, 0.9; Two or more races, 1.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 62; deaths, 75; marriages, 27; divorces, 11.

Recreation: Recreation on lakes and creeks, fishing; hunting of deer, turkey, wild hog, quail, dove; parks; county museum.

Minerals: Insignificant.

Agriculture: Cotton, beef cattle, wheat, hay, sorghum, peanuts; some 9,000 acres irrigated. Market value $19.9 million. Hunting leases.

CHILDRESS (5,994) county seat; agribusiness, hospital, prison unit; settlers reunion and rodeo in July.

Other towns include: Tell (20).

Childress County Courthouse
The Childress County Courthouse. Photo by Robert Plocheck.