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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

17,335
– 3.0
773.8
765.5
282–731
38.46
35.4
94.2
6,499
4.3
$29,650,949
$31,999
$1,802,426,847
$122,522,623

map of Falls County
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Physical Features: On rolling prairie; bisected by Brazos River; blackland, red, sandy loam soils; mineral springs.

Economy: Government/services, agribusiness, varied manufacturing.

locator map for Falls County

History: Wacos, Tawokanis, Anadarkos in conflict with Comanches. Cherokees alone in area 1830 until 1835 when Anglo-American settlement began. Antebellum slave-holding area. County created and organized in 1850 from Limestone, Milam counties; named for Brazos River falls.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 50.8; Black, 24.2; Hispanic, 23.7; Asian, 0.6; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 2.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 207; deaths, 178; marriages, 82; divorces, 12.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting, camping; Highland Mansion and Falls on the Brazos.

Minerals: Gravel, sand, oil.

Agriculture: Stocker cattle, cow-calf operations, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, cotton, wheat, oats, goats, sheep, horses. Some cotton irrigated. Market value $157.9 million.

MARLIN (5,762) county seat; agriculture, prison; hospital; museum.

Other towns include: Chilton (913); Golinda (572); Lott (761); Reagan (300); Rosebud (1,367) feed, fertilizer processing, clothing manufactured; Satin (86). Part of Bruceville-Eddy (1,890).

Church of the Visitation in Westphalia

The old Church of the Visitation in Westphalia (burned in 2019). Photo by Chris Latham (CC).