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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

3,311
– 11.2
933.1
926.9
2,080–3,268
24.02
23.8
94.7
1,471
3.3
$7,471,999
$40,549
$682,882,544
$32,942,151

map of Donley County
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Physical Features: Panhandle county bisected by Red River Salt Fork; Greenbelt Lake, Lelia Lake; rolling to level; clay, loam, sandy soils.

Economy: Agribusiness, government/services, tourism.

locator map for Donley County

History: Apaches displaced by Kiowas and Comanches, who were driven out in 1874-75 by U.S. Army. Methodist colony from New York settled in 1878. County created in 1876, organized 1882, out of Bexar District; named for Texas Supreme Court Justice S.P. Donley.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 81.3; Black, 5.4; Hispanic, 10.7; Asian, 0.5; Other, 0.9; Two or more races, 1.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 28; deaths, 51; marriages, 25; divorces, 11.

Recreation: Lake, hunting, fishing, camping, water sports; Col. Goodnight Chuckwagon cook-off in September.

Minerals: Small amount of natural gas.

Agriculture: Cattle top revenue source; cotton, peanuts, alfalfa, wheat, hay, melons; 15,000 acres irrigated. Market value $95.1 million.

CLARENDON (1,878) county seat; higher education, agribusiness, tourism, medical center clinic; Saints Roost museum, library, junior college; restored historic buildings.

Other towns include: Hedley (317) cotton festival in October, Howardwick (384), and Lelia Lake (70).

Hay field in northeastern Donley County

Hay field in northeastern Donley County. Photo by Robert Plocheck.