Howard County, Texas

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Howard County, Texas

Howard County is located on the edge of Llano Estacado. Land features sand loam soils and Natural Dam Lake. Local economy consists of agriculture, petrochemicals, and government services.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $479K
Lowest Price $265K
Highest Price $799K
Total Listings 9
Avg. Price/SQFT $145

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Where is Howard County, Texas?

  • Howard County, on the High Plains of West Texas eighty miles west of Abilene, is bordered by Glasscock, Martin, Dawson, Borden, Scurry, and Sterling counties. It lies at the eastern tip of the Permian Basin and at the foot of the escarpment marking the beginning of the Edwards Plateau, which extends 200 miles to the south. To the north is the Caprock, the edge of the Llano Estacado.
  • The center of the county is at 32°18' north latitude and101°25' west longitude. Big Spring is the county seat and largest community. Interstate Highway 20 bisects the county from east to west, and U.S. Highway 87 runs northwest to southeast. State highways 33, 176, and 350 are other important roads. The county comprises 901 square miles and is drained by the North Concho River and Morgan and Wild Horse creeks.

Adjacent Counties

  • Borden County (north)
  • Mitchell County (east)
  • Sterling County (southeast)
  • Glasscock County (south)
  • Martin County (west)
  • Dawson County (northwest)
  • Scurry County (northeast)

Sites and Attractions in Howard County

  • Big Spring State Recreation Area is on Farm Road 700 and Big Spring Mountain on the southern edge of Big Spring in Howard County. The 344-acre park was once an Indian campground. The site was a city park until Big Spring turned it over to the State Parks Board in 1934. Facilities include a scenic drive, a lookout point at the edge of the mesa, and tables for picnicking.
  • Area attractions include Big Spring State Recreation Area, Comanche Trail Park, Moss Creek Reservoir, and the annual rodeo and rattlesnake roundup.

  • The mission of Hangar 25 Air Museum is to promote education through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the history of the Big Spring Army Air Force Bombardier School and Webb Air Force Base while honoring all veterans, past and present.

Farming and Ranching in Howard County 

  • The soils range from light to very dark loams, with some deep clayey subsoils. Some areas also have considerable accumulations of lime in the subsoils. In the south central part of the county are outcroppings of limestone bedrock. Elevations range from 2,200 to 2,550 feet.
  • The average annual rainfall is 15.88 inches. Temperatures in January range from an average low of 29° F to an average high of 57° and in July from 71° to 95°. The growing season lasts 217 days, with the last freeze in early April and the first in early November. Dust storms and high winds are common in the early spring and summer. The vegetation is typical of the High Plains region, with buffalo grass and blue grama predominating. Between 41 and 50 percent of the land in the county is considered prime farmland.
  • Most of the county's annual income is derived from agriculture, with approximately 90 percent of receipts from cotton, wheat, and sorghum culture. Leading natural resources include oil and gas, sand, gravel, and stone.

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