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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

66,181
12.0
922.6
904.4
649–1,180
34.71
29.7
94.2
29,831
3.6
$235,699,962
$40,825
$8,738,408,615
$641,580,926

map of Wise County
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Physical Features: Northwest county of rolling prairie, some oaks; clay, loam, sandy soils; Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake.

Economy: Petroleum, sand and gravel, agribusiness, many residents work in Fort Worth.

History: Caddo Indian groups. Delaware tribe present when Anglo-Americans arrived in the 1850s. County created in 1856 from Cooke County, organized the same year; named for Virginian, U.S. Sen. Henry A. Wise, who favored annexation of Texas.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 77.3; Black, 1.6; Hispanic, 18.9; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 1.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 773; deaths, 554; marriages, 466; divorces, 327.

Recreation: Lake activities, hunting, exotic deer preserve, historical sites, Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland, heritage museum; Decatur Chisholm trail days in June, Bridgeport Butterfield stage days in July.

Minerals: Gas, oil, sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, hay, dairies, horses, wheat, goats. Market value $49.9 million.

DECATUR (6,652) county seat; petroleum center, dairying, cattle marketing, some manufacturing; hospital.

BRIDGEPORT (6,479) trade center for lake resort, oil and gas production, manufacturing, prison release facility; time-share housing, art community.

Other towns include: Alvord (1,426); Aurora (1,331) sand and gravel, manufacturing, equestrian center, “alien crash” site; Boyd (1,349) chili cookoff in May; Briar (6,034, mostly in Tarrant County); Chico (1,099); Greenwood (76); Lake Bridgeport (373); Newark (1,067); New Fairview (1,394); Paradise (466); Pecan Acres (4,497, partly in Tarrant County); Rhome (1,665); Runaway Bay (1,411) tourism, fishing, boating, Spring Fest at Easter; Slidell (175).

LBJ Grassland

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland near Greenwood. Photo by Robert Plocheck.