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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

11,948
2.3
1,301.7
1,297.4
540–956
19.58
43.6
97.2
3,554
10.3
$21,824,920
$27,695
$2,407,489,446
$52,805,271

map of Zavala County
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Physical Features: Southwestern county near Mexican border; rolling plains broken by much brush; Nueces, Leona, other streams; Upper Nueces Reservoir.

Economy: Agribusiness, food packaging, leading county in Winter Garden truck-farming area, government/services.

History: Coahuiltecan area; Apaches, Comanches arrived later. Ranching developed in the late 1860s. County created from Maverick and Uvalde counties in 1858; organized in 1884; named for Texas Revolutionary leader Lorenzo de Zavala.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 5.1; Black, 1.2; Hispanic, 93.9; Asian, 0.2; Other, 1.2; Two or more races, 0.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 195; deaths, 111; marriages, 40; divorces, 4.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing; spinach festival in November.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas.

Agriculture: Cattle, grains, vegetables, cotton, pecans. About 30,000 acres irrigated. Market value $72.7 million. Hunting leases important.

CRYSTAL CITY (7,261) county seat; agribusiness, food processing, oil-field services; site of World War II detention center. Home of Popeye statue.

Other towns include: Batesville (1,039) and La Pryor (1,710).

Cropland along U.S. 83 at La Pryor

Cropland along U.S. 83 at La Pryor. Photo by Robert Plocheck.