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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

34,134
– 5.8
1,004.8
1,004.7
3,180–3,620
20.45
25.8
91.0
12,083
4.6
$119,648,389
$32,061
$2,802,576,208
$345,654,740

map of Hale County
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Physical Features: High Plains; fertile sandy, loam soils; playas; large underground water supply.

Economy: Agribusiness, food processing/ distribution, manufacturing, government/services.

locator map for Hale County

History: Comanche hunters driven out by U.S. Army in 1875. Ranching began in the 1880s. First motor-driven irrigation well drilled in 1911. County created from Bexar District in 1876; organized in 1888; named for Lt. J.C. Hale, who died at San Jacinto.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent), Anglo, 33.9; Black, 5.7; Hispanic, 59.4; Asian, 0.6; Other, 1.8; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 483; deaths, 322; marriages, 240; divorces, 53.

Recreation: Llano Estacado Museum; art gallery, antiques stores; pheasant hunting; Cowboy Days in September at Plainview.

Minerals: Some oil.

Agriculture: Cotton, fed beef, sorghum, dairies, corn, vegetables, wheat. Market value $409.9 million. Irrigation of 200,000 acres.

PLAINVIEW (21,276) county seat; agriculture, distribution, corn milling; Wayland Baptist University, South Plains College branch; hospital, library, mental health center; state prisons.

Hale Center (2,112) trade center; farm museum, library, parks, murals, cacti gardens.

Abernathy (2,779, part [697] in Lubbock County) government/services, farm supplies, textile plant, gins.

Other towns include: Cotton Center (300), Edmonson (109), Petersburg (1,137), Seth Ward (1,965).

downtown Plainview

Downtown Plainview. Photo by Robert Plocheck.