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Karnes County, Texas

Karnes County features rolling terrain with sandy loam, dark clay and alluvial soils traversed by the San Antonio River. Local economy consists of oil and gas and agribusiness.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $787K
Lowest Price $272K
Highest Price $2.5M
Total Listings 19
Avg. Days On Market 103
Avg. Price/SQFT $1

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Where is Karnes County, Texas?

  • Karnes County is southeast of San Antonio in the Rio Grande plain region. It is bounded on the north by Wilson County, on the east by Gonzales and DeWitt counties, on the south by Goliad and Bee counties, and on the west by Atascosa and Live Oak counties. The county seat is Karnes City, which is fifty-two miles southeast of San Antonio. Other important communities include Kenedy, Runge, Panna Maria, Helena, Czestochowa, Pawelekville, Falls City, Hobson, Ecleto, Gillett, Coy City, and Lenz. Several major highways serve the county, including U.S. Highway 181, and State highways 72, 80, and 123. Karnes County covers 758 square miles of the Rio Grande plain region.
  • As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,824. The county is named for Henry Karnes, a soldier in the Texas Revolution. The former San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway passed through Karnes County in its connection linking San Antonio with Corpus Christi.

Adjacent Counties

  • Gonzales County (northeast)
  • DeWitt County (east)
  • Goliad County (southeast)
  • Bee County (south)
  • Live Oak County (southwest)
  • Atascosa County (west)
  • Wilson County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Karnes County

  • Major tourist attractions are Kenedy’s Bluebonnet Days in April, the church of Cestohowa, the church and museum at Panna Maria, and the courthouse museum complex at Old Helena.
  • Historic 1920s movie theater offering 1st-run films on 3 screens, with weekend matinees at the Arcadia Theatre

Farming and Ranching in Karnes County

  • Between 71 and 80 percent of the land in the county is considered prime farmland. The central and southern portions of the county are drained by the San Antonio River, the northern portion by Cibolo and Ecleto creeks.
  • The climate is subtropical humid with warm summers. Temperatures in January range from an average low of 41° F to an average high of 65° and in July range from 74° to 96°. The growing season averages 280 days per year, with the last freeze in late February and the first freeze in early December. Diversified farming of grain sorghum, corn, hay, and vegetables is a major industry. Livestock raising includes beef cattle, dairy cattle, and poultry. Minerals include oil, gas, and uranium.
  • In 2002 the county had 1,157 farms and ranches covering 474,806 acres, 56 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 35 percent to crops. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $18,244,000; livestock sales accounted for $15,563,000 of the total. Beef cattle, hay, wheat, corn, and sorghum were the chief agricultural products.
  • More than 363,773 barrels of oil, and 8,527,920 thousand cubic feet of gas well gas, were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 108,228,299 barrels of petroleum had been taken from county lands since 1930, when oil was discovered in the area. 

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