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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July mean max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

49,208
0.7
3,232.7
3,144.8
845–2,343
20.19
38.7
96.4
20,435
4.0
$163,770,277
$34,732
$3,643,279,694
$562,684,504

map of Val Verde County
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Physical Features: Southwestern county bordering Mexico, rolling, hilly; brushy; Devils River, Pecos River, Rio Grande and International Amistad Reservoir; limestone, alluvial soils.

Economy: Agribusiness, tourism, trade center, military, Border Patrol, hunting leases, fishing.

History: Apaches, Coahuiltecans, Jumanos present when Spanish came through in the late 1500s. Comanches arrived later. U.S. military outpost established in 1850s to protect settlers. Only county named for Civil War battle; Val Verde means green valley. Created in 1885 from Crockett, Kinney, Pecos counties, organized the same year.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 14.7; Black, 2.1; Hispanic, 82.5; Asian, 0.8; Other, 1.2; Two or more races, 1.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 904; deaths, 353; marriages, 458; divorces, 158.

Recreation: Gateway to Mexico; deer hunting, fishing; Amistad National Recreation Area; Devils River State Natural Area, Seminole Canyon State Park with ancient pictographs; Langtry restoration of Judge Roy Bean’s saloon; San Felipe Springs; winery.

Minerals: Production sand and gravel, gas, oil.

Agriculture: Sheep, Angora goats, meat goats, (second in sales of sheep and goats); cattle; minor irrigation. Market value $9.4 million.

DEL RIO (34,753) county seat; government/services including federal agencies and military, agribusiness, tourism; hospital, extension colleges; Fiesta de Amistad in October.

Laughlin Air Force Base (1,442).

Other towns and places include: Cienegas Terrace (3,822); Comstock (344); Langtry (30); Val Verde Park (2,726).

Mountain laurel in bloom at Devil's River State Natural Area.

Mountain laurel in bloom at Devil's River State Natural Area. Photo by Robert Plocheck.