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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

13,952
– 3.4
939.7
933.7
10–568
54.92
36.5
93.1
5,331
8.3
$11,673,352
$31,306
$2,195,907,805
$39,869,797

map of Newton County
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locator map for Newton County
 

Physical Features: Easternmost Texas county of densely forested hills, valleys; spring-fed streams; Toledo Bend Reservoir; Sabine River; mostly sandy soils.

Economy: Forestry, government/services, tourism.

History: Caddo Indian area. Displaced Coushattas moved across area from South. Anglo-American settlement established in 1830s. Antebellum slaveholding area. County created 1846 from Jasper County, organized the same year; named for American Revolutionary soldier John Newton.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 73.0; Black, 20.2; Hispanic, 3.6; Asian, 0.8; Other, 0.9; Two or more races 1.9.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 136; deaths, 168; marriages, 61; divorces, 54.

Recreation: Toledo Bend Reservoir, water sports, fishing, hunting, birding, tourism, state forest, Azalea Canyons; Belgrade, site of early town.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Cattle, hay, nursery crops, vegetables, goats, hogs. Market value $2.9 million. Hunting leases. Major forestry area.

NEWTON (2,400) county seat; lumber manufacturing, plywood mill, private prison unit, tourist center; genealogical library, museum; Wild Azalea festival in March.

Deweyville (960) power plant, commercial center for forestry, farming area.

Other towns include: Bon Wier (375); Burkeville (603); Call (493); South Toledo Bend (474); Wiergate (350).

easternmost point on state highways, Texas 63

Welcoming sign at the easternmost point on state highways on Texas 63. Photo by Robert Plocheck.