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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

55,182
5.0
859.6
842.6
330–698
44.15
33.7
93.7
25,429
3.7
$90,977,235
$34,859
$4,234,294,633
$484,391,477

map of Van Zandt County
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Physical Features: Eastern county in three soil belts; level to rolling; Sabine, Neches rivers; Lake Tawakoni; partly forested.

Economy: Agriculture, government/services, commuters to Dallas and Tyler.

History: Caddo tribes, reduced by epidemics before settlers arrived. Cherokees settled in the 1820s; removed in 1839 under policies of Republic President Lamar; Anglo-American settlement followed. County named for Republic leader Isaac Van Zandt; created from Henderson County in 1848, organized the same year.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 84.1; Black, 2.9; Hispanic, 10.6; Asian, 0.4; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 1.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 568; deaths, 621; marriages, 341; divorces, 175.

Recreation: Canton First Monday trades days, lake activities, state parks, historic sites.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Nurseries, beef cattle, hay and foliage, dairies, vegetables. First in nursery stock acreage in the open and in sweet potato acreage. Market value $94.3 million.

CANTON (3,972) county seat; tourism, agribusiness, commuters; museums, bluegrass festival in June.

Wills Point (3,623) government/services, retail, tourism, commuters to Dallas and Tyler; depot museum, bluebird festival in April.

Other towns include: Ben Wheeler (504); Edgewood (1,487) commuters, heritage park, antiques; Edom (382) arts and crafts; Fruitvale (420); Grand Saline (3,308) salt plant, agriculture, medical services/hospital, Salt Palace museum, salt prairie marsh, birding, Salt Festival in June; Van (2,717) oil center, hay, cattle, oil festival in October.

FM 1861 at Big Rock Top

FM 1861 at Big Rock Top. Photo by Robert Plocheck.