Texas County

 

County Seat: Guymon, Oklahoma
Location: Texas County is in the panhandle in Northwestern Oklahoma
Population (2010): 20,640
2048 Square Miles of plains & hills

OVERVIEW

Texas County was formed at statehood from the central one-third of "Old Beaver County," also know as "No Man's Land." It took its name from the state of Texas. Its county seat is named for E.T. Guymon, uncle of George E. Ellison, who established the first business in that town.

The Beaver River is the principal stream in Texas County, rising in northeastern New Mexico and emptying into the Canadian River near Eufaula. It is joined by Wolf Creek near Fort Supply and from there becomes known as the North Canadian River.

Texas County consists of level plains and rolling hills. Many trees, especially cottonwood, grow along the streams. A large number of irrigation wells in the county help stabilize farming.

Wheat, grain sorghums, and cattle are the chief agricultural industries, ranking near the top among counties in the state in all three. The county ranks high in natural gas and petroleum, being first in gas production among all counties of the United States. Industries in the area include gasoline extraction plants.

The county is served by three historical societies: Texhoma Historical Society, Beaver River Historical Society, and Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information call the County Commissioner's office at (580)338-3233.

Climate: The average precipitation is 20.3 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 38.1 and July's average is 77.7

Population Characteristics

The population density of the county is 8.1 persons per square mile. The median age of all persons in the county is 33.0, the female median age is 34.1 and the male median age is 31.8.

Utilities

Utility services are provided primarily by the following carriers:

Southwestern Public Service Co., Tri-County Electric Cooperative Inc., Guymon Municipal Gas Co., Southern Union Gas Co., West Texas Gas Co., Panhandle Telephone Cooperative

Labor Force

The Texas County labor force was 13,390 in 1997. Participation rate in the county labor force constitutes 77.71% of males and 54.73% of females. An average annual unemployment rate of 2.3% was recorded by the county in 1997, and the per capita personal income for this county was $19,204 in 1997.

Transportation

Texas County, like other counties in Oklahoma, has the benefit of modern, quality transportation systems, facilities and services. Major highways in this county are Highway 54, SH3 and SH 136.

Housing

The county has 7,328 housing units of which 71.6% are owner occupied. The median home value in the county is $44,500, the median housing rental contract is $215.00 per month, and statewide housing units number 1,406,499 and of these 68.1% are owner occupied. The statewide median home value is $48,100.

Tax Structure

The county tax in Texas County is 1% and the state sales tax is 4.5%, local sales tax for cities in this county are 3% for both Guymon, Hooker, and Tyrone and 2% for Hardesty, Goodwell, and Texhoma. The corporate tax statewide is 6%.

Educational Facilities

The county is home to Oklahoma Panhandle State University, a senior state university. In Texas County 75.5% of persons over 25 years of age have a high school diploma and 15.1% are college graduates. Statewide high school graduates in the same age range total 74.6% and the percent of college graduates over 25 years of age is 17.8%.