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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

21,584
– 2.5
784.3
590.6
sea level–94
26.08
47.6
96.7
6,142
10.9
$30,892,549
$26,715
$1,720,295,723
$80,297,544

map of Willacy County
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Physical Features:  Flat coastal prairie sloping toward Gulf; alluvial, sandy, marshy soils; Padre Island; La Sal Vieja, salt lake; wildlife refuge.

Economy: Agribusiness, oil, government/services.

History: Coahuiltecan area when Spanish explored in the 1500s. Spanish ranching began in the 1790s. County named for legislator John G. Willacy; created in 1911 from Cameron, Hidalgo counties, organized in 1912; reorganized in 1921 after most of its territory was given over to the newly created Kenedy County.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 9.0; Black, 2.7; Hispanic, 88.1; Asian, 0.8; Other, 0.8; Two or more races, 0.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 293; deaths, 151; marriages, 81; divorces, 25.

Recreation: Fresh and saltwater fishing, hunting of deer, turkey, dove; mild climate attracts many winter tourists.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas.

Agriculture: Cotton, sorghum, corn, vegetables, sugar cane; 20 percent of cropland irrigated. Livestock includes cattle, horses, goats, hogs. Market value $82.6 million.

RAYMONDVILLE (11,132) county seat; agribusiness, oil center, food processing, tourism, enterprise zone, prison; museum; Boot Fest in October.

Other towns include: Lasara (999); Lyford (2,579); Port Mansfield (177) charter fishing, bait and tackle, ecotourism/birding, nature trail, fishing tournament in July; San Perlita (555); Sebastian (1,801).

Willacy pronunciation

 

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield. Photo by Robert Plocheck.