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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

8,568
8.7
799.7
799.7
3,400–3,891
18.20
25.7
91.7
3,781
3.0
$52,472,862
$39,807
$2,320,334,162
$79,026,565

map of Yoakum County
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Physical Features: Western county is level to rolling; playas, draws; sandy, loam, chocolate soils.

Economy: Oil, gas, agriculture.

History: Comanche hunting area. Anglo-Americans began ranching in the 1890s. Oil discovered in 1936. Mexican migration increased in the 1950s. County named for Henderson Yoakum, pioneer historian; created from Bexar District in 1876; organized in 1907.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 30.9; Black, 1.4; Hispanic, 66.6; Asian, 0.6; Other, 1.8; Two or more races, 1.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 162; deaths, 63; marriages, 48; divorces, 15.

Recreation: Tsa Mo Ga museum at Plains; Plains watermelon roundup on Labor Day weekend.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas.

Agriculture: Cotton, peanuts (third in acreage), sorghum, wheat, watermelons, cattle. Some 90,000 acres irrigated. Market value $80 million.

PLAINS (1,628) county seat; oil, agribusiness center.

DENVER CITY (5,062) center for oil, agriculture activities in two counties; hospital, library, museum; Fly-In Breakfast at airport in June.

Old and new Yoakum County courthouses in Plains

The square in Plains includes the old and new Yoakum County courthouses. Photo by Robert Plocheck.