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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

40,871
0.1
868.3
865.0
50–450
28.43
44.9
97.2
16,350
6.6
$184,848,019
$39,858
$2,356,670,761
$440,324,185

map of Jim Wells County
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Physical Features: South Coastal Plains; level to rolling; sandy to dark soils; grassy with mesquite brush; Lake Corpus Christi.

Economy: Oil and gas production, agriculture, nature tourism.

locator map for Jim Wells County

History: Coahuiltecans, driven out by Lipan Apaches in 1775. Tomás Sánchez established settlement in 1754. Anglo-American settlement  began in 1878. County created 1911 from Nueces County; organized 1912; named for developer J.B. Wells Jr.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 17.8; Black, 0.8; Hispanic, 80.6; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.2; Two or more races, 0.9.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 639; deaths, 424; marriages, 222; divorces, 111.

Recreation: Hunting; fiestas; Tejano Roots hall of fame; South Texas museum.

Minerals: Oil, gas, caliche.

Agriculture: Cattle, sorghum, corn, cotton, dairies, goats, wheat, watermelons, sunflowers, peas, hay. Market value $82.9 million.

ALICE (18,499) county seat; oil-field service center, agribusiness, government/services; hospital; Bee County College extension; Fiesta Bandana (from original name of city) in May.

Other towns include: Alfred (85); Ben Bolt (1,600); Orange Grove (1,255); Pernitas Point (274, partly in Live Oak County); Premont (2,571) wildflower tour in spring; Rancho Alegre (1,646); Sandia (366).

Also, part [900] of San Diego (4,254).

Jim Wells County Courthouse in Alice

The Jim Wells County Courthouse in Alice. Photo by Robert Plocheck.