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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

3,710
– 0.2
855.5
850.6
1,200–1,794
26.43
29.1
96.3
1,432
3.9
$11,165,550
$33,784
$981,672,433
$33,078,203

map of Knox County
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Physical Features: Eroded breaks on West Texas Rolling Plains; Brazos, Wichita rivers; sandy, loam soils; Lake Davis, Lake Catherine, and Truscott Brine Lake.

Economy: Oil, agriculture, government/services.

locator map for Knox County

History: Indian conscripts were used as labor during the Spanish period to mine copper deposits along the Brazos River. Ranching and farming developed in the 1880s. German colony settled in 1895. County created from the Bexar, Young territories in 1858; re-created in 1876; organized in 1886; named for U.S. Secretary of War Henry Knox.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 58.1; Black, 5.9; Hispanic, 34.6; Asian, 0.3; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 2.3.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 45; deaths, 61; marriages, 15; divorces, 9.

Recreation: Lake activities, fishing, hunting; Knox City seedless watermelon festival in July.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Wheat, cattle, cotton. Some cotton irrigated. Market value $59 million.

BENJAMIN (260) county seat; ranching, farm center; veterans memorial.

MUNDAY (1,187) portable buildings, other manufacturing; A&M vegetable research station.

KNOX CITY (1,085) agribusiness, petroleum center; USDA plant materials research center; hospital.

Other towns include: Goree (176); Rhineland (120) old church established by German immigrants.

community of Rhineland

The community of Rhineland. Photo by Robert Plocheck.