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Jim Wells County, Texas

Jim Wells County is located in the South Coastal Plains of Texas with level to rolling topography. Land features sandy to dark soils, grassy with mesquite brush, and Lake Corpus Christi. Local economy consists of oil and gas production, agriculture, and nature tourism.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $316K
Highest Price $5M
Total Listings 10
Avg. Days On Market 88
Avg. Price/SQFT $456

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Where is Jim Wells County, Texas?

  • Jim Wells County is on U.S. Highway 281 west of Corpus Christi in the Rio Grande Plain region of South Texas. It is bordered by Live Oak and San Patricio counties on the north, Nueces and Kleberg counties on the east, Brooks County on the south, and Duval County on the west. Alice, the county seat and largest town, is located near the center of the county at 27°39' north latitude and 98°05' west longitude. Other communities include Orange Grove, Ben Bolt, Sandia, and Premont. The county covers 845 square miles.
  • As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,838. The county was founded in 1911 and is named for James B. Wells, Jr. (1850-1923), for three decades a judge and Democratic Party-political boss in South Texas. Jim Wells County comprises the Alice, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, TX Combined Statistical Area.

Adjacent Counties

  • Live Oak County (north)
  • San Patricio County (northeast)
  • Nueces County (east)
  • Kleberg County (east)
  • Brooks County (south)
  • Duval County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Jim Wells County 

  • Numerous boating and fishing facilities and year-round hunting opportunities attract visitors to the county. Alice hosts the annual Fiesta Bandana celebration and is home to a South Texas museum and the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame.
  • Hunting is also a popular attraction to Jim Wells County. Wild hogs, white tail deer, and other native Texas animals are found in this great county.

Farming and Ranching in Jim Wells County 

  • Between 41 and 50 percent of the county is considered prime farmland. Natural resources include caliche, industrial sand, oil, and gas. The climate is subtropical-humid. Heavy rains from weakening tropical storms are common from June through October. Temperatures range from 44° F to 68° in January and 74° to 96° in July. The average annual temperature is 72°. Rainfall averages twenty-eight inches a year. Snow almost never occurs. The growing season lasts for 304 days of the year, with the last freeze in mid-February and the first freeze in early December.
  •  In the early twenty-first century oil and gas production, agriculture and nature tourism were important elements of the local economy. More than 195,900 barrels of oil, and 8,904,693 thousand cubic feet of gas well gas, were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 462,560,723 barrels of petroleum had been taken from county lands since 1931.
  • In 2002 the county had 912 farms and ranches covering 497,880 acres, 53 percent of which were devoted to pasture, 40 percent to crops, and 5 percent to woodlands. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $47,334,000; livestock sales accounted for $34,054,000 of the total. Cattle, dairy products, goats, grain sorghum, wheat, corn, cotton, and vegetables were the chief agricultural products.

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