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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

11,762
7.8
258.8
229.5
340–570
44.47
31.4
91.4
5,825
3.6
$15,054,374
$32,899
$1,110,789,831
$99,471,725

map of Rains County
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Physical Features: Northeastern county; rolling; partly Blackland, sandy loams, sandy soils; Sabine River, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Fork Reservoir.

Economy: Agribusiness, some manufacturing.

locator map for Rains County

History: Caddo area. In the 1700s, Tawakoni Indians entered the area. Anglo-Americans arrived in the 1840s. County, county seat named for Emory Rains, Republic leader; created in 1870 from Hopkins, Hunt, and Wood counties, organized the same year; birthplace of National Farmers Union, 1902.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 85.5; Black, 2.6; Hispanic, 9.1; Asian, 1.0; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 1.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 87; deaths, 150; marriages, 69; divorces, 53.

Recreation: Lake Tawakoni and Lake Fork Reservoir activities; birding, Eagle Fest in February.

Minerals: Gas, oil.

Agriculture: Beef, forages, dairies, vegetables (second in sweet potato acreage), fruits, nurseries. Market value $15.3 million.

EMORY (1,270) county seat; local trade, tourism, government/services, commuting to Greenville and Dallas; African-American museum.

Other towns include: East Tawakoni (927) and Point (857), manufacturing, tourism, tamale fest on July 4. Part of Alba (545), mostly in Wood County.

Rains County Courthouse in Emory

The Rains County Courthouse in Emory. Photo by Larry D. Moore (CC).