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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

9,906
2.9
921.5
896.7
995–1,628
29.98
30.3
95.8
3,913
4.1
$27,347,215
$49,928
$1,503,564,225
$85,175,852

map of Stephens County
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Physical Features: West central county; broken, hilly; Hubbard Creek Reservoir, Possum Kingdom Lake, Lake Daniel; Brazos River; loam, sandy soils.

Economy: Oil, agribusiness, manufacturing, recreation.

History: Comanches, Tonkawas in area when Anglo-American settlement began in 1850s. County created as Buchanan in 1858 from Bosque; renamed in 1861 for Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens; organized in 1876.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 70.6; Black, 3.3; Hispanic, 24.3; Asian, 0.7; Other, 1.4; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 96; deaths, 107; marriages, 63; divorces, 33.

Recreation: Lakes activities, hunting, campsites, historical points, Swenson Museum, Sandefer Oil Museum, aviation museum, festival and car show in fall.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas, stone.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, hogs, goats, sheep; wheat, oats, hay, peanuts, grain sorghum, cotton, pecans. Market value $9.2 million.

BRECKENRIDGE (5,446) county seat; oil, agriculture, oil-field equipment, aircraft parts; hospital, prison, Texas State Technical College branch, library.

Other towns include: Caddo (70) gateway to Possum Kingdom State Park.

downtown Breckenridge

Downtown Breckenridge. Photo by Robert Plocheck.