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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

11,428
– 3.0
1,795.6
1,793.5
180–842
25.99
43.1
97.0
4,672
6.8
$29,146,319
$38,675
$2,530,602,406
$55,431,765

map of Duval County
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Physical Features: South Texas county; level to hilly, brushy in most areas; varied soils.

Economy: Ranching, petroleum, tourism, government/services.

locator map for Duval County

History: Coahuiltecans, displaced by Comanche bands. Mexican settlement began in 1812. County created from Live Oak, Nueces, and Starr counties in 1858, organized in 1876; named for Burr H. Duval, a victim of Goliad massacre.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 9.0; Black, 1.4; Hispanic, 89.4; Asian, 0.4; Other, 0.9; Two or more races, 0.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 193; deaths, 149; marriages, 71; divorces, 14.

Recreation: Hunting, tourist crossroads.

Minerals: Oil, gas, salt, sand, gravel, uranium.

Agriculture: Most income from beef cattle; grains, cotton, vegetables, hay, dairy. Market value $14.8 million.

SAN DIEGO (4,336, part [900] in Jim Wells County) county seat; ranching, oil field, tourist center; hospital.

Freer (2,695) oil and gas, construction, ranching and hunting; rattlesnake roundup in May.

Benavides (1,319) serves truck-farming area.

Other towns include: Concepcion (58) and Realitos (174).

Duval pronunciation

 

Horse grazing in a field of flowers in Duval County

A horse grazes in a field of wildflowers south of Benavides. Photo by Robert Plocheck.