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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

39,895
3.8
898.4
874.8
617–1,217
42.70
31.3
93.4
18,571
3.6
$154,793,839
$47,889
$5,335,533,407
$628,483,127

map of Cooke County
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Physical Features: North Texas county; drains to Red, Trinity rivers; Ray Roberts Lake, Lake Texoma, Lake Kiowa, Hubert H. Moss Lake; sandy, red, loam soils.

Economy: Oil and gas, varied manufacturing, commuting to northern DFW metroplex.

locator map for Cooke County

History: Frontier between Caddoes and Comanches. Anglo-Americans arrived in the late 1840s. Germans settled western part around 1890. County created and organized in 1848 from Fannin County; named for Capt. W.G. Cooke of the Texas Revolution.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 75.8; Black, 3.4; Hispanic, 17.7; Asian, 1.1; Other, 1.4; Two or more races, 1.8.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 561; deaths, 413; marriages, 447; divorces, 143.

Recreation: Water sports; hunting, fishing; zoo; museum; park, Gainesville Depot Day/car show in October.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas, sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, horses, forages, wheat. Market value $63.3 million. Hunting leases important.

GAINESVILLE (16,315) county seat; tourism, plastics, agribusiness, aircraft and steel fabrication; Victorian homes, walking tours; hospital; community college, juvenile correction unit; Camp Sweeney for diabetic children.

Muenster (1,612) varied manufacturing, food processing, oil and gas, agriculture; hospital, Germanfest in April.

Other towns include: Callisburg (352), Era (150), Lindsay (1,083) 1919 Romanesque-style church, Myra (150), Oak Ridge (138), Rosston (75), Valley View (773), and the residential community around Lake Kiowa (1,757).

A field of grain in southern Cooke County

A field of grain in southern Cooke County. Photo by Robert Plocheck.