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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

134,442
11.4
922.4
911.5
2,700–3,890
20.15
21.5
91.7
70,342
2.7
$351,664,260
$45,294
$10,883,101,170
$1,785,378,341

map of Randall County
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Physical Features: Panhandle county; level, but broken by scenic Palo Duro Canyon, Buffalo Lake; Bivins Lake; silty clay, loam soils.

Economy: Agribusiness, education, tourism, part of Amarillo metropolitan area.

locator map for Randall County

History: Comanche Indians removed in the mid-1870s; ranching began soon afterward. County created in 1876 from the Bexar District; organized in 1889; named for Confederate Gen. Horace Randal (name misspelled in statute).

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 71.6; Black, 3.4; Hispanic, 21.8; Asian, 1.7; Other, 1.0; Two or more races, 2.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,667; deaths, 1,050; marriages, 465; divorces, 441.

Recreation: State park, with Texas outdoor musical drama each summer; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum; West Texas A&M University events; aoudad sheep, migratory waterfowl hunting in season; Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge; cowboy breakfasts at ranches.

Minerals: Not significant.

Agriculture: Grain sorghum, beef cattle, wheat, silage, cotton, dairies, hay. Market value $540.3 million.

CANYON (15,026) county seat; West Texas A&M University, tourism, commuting to Amarillo, ranching, farm center, light manufacturing, gateway to state park. 

AMARILLO (204,367 total, part [105,486] in Potter County) hub for northern Panhandle oil and ranching, distribution and marketing center, manufacturing; hospitals.

Other towns include: Lake Tanglewood (934); Palisades (362); Timbercreek Canyon (456); Umbarger (327) German sausage festival in November. Part of Happy (651, mostly in Swisher County).

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon. Photo by Robert Plocheck.