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Weekly County Spotlight - Terrell County

Terrell County (not to be confused with the City of Terrell in the Metroplex) is located in West Texas just on the border between Texas and Mexico. It is home to only one town, Sanderson, Texas. As of the 2010 Census. the county had a population of just 984 residents making this county one of the least populated counties in the state.



Terrell County is extremely rural and its primary economy is agriculture based. However, in more recent years, there has been a growing presence of oil and gas companies in the area. Much of the land in Terrell County is privately held by ranchers who boast ranches upwards of 300,000 acres. Despite the extremely rural nature of this county, it’s median income is not significantly lower than the median household income of the entire State of Texas. This is surprising given the rural nature of the county and the largely agricultural nature of the economy of the area. Given the predicted trend in oil and gas prices and the continued exploration of the entire West Texas area, the income in the area is likely to continue to rise. Hopefully, with this influx of money in the area, there will be additional resources in the area for medical treatment, mental health treatment, and substance use/abuse treatment and prevention.


Camden Mize

Published May 22, 2018.

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