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Kenedy County, Texas

Kenedy County is located on the gulf coast and features flat, sandy terrain with some loam soils and motts of live oaks. Local economy consists of oil, ranching, nature tourism, hunting leases, and wind farms.

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Where is Kenedy County, Texas

  • Kenedy County, on U.S. Highway 77 south of Corpus Christi in the Rio Grande Plain region of South Texas, was named for pioneer rancher Mifflin Kenedy. It is bordered by Kleberg County on the north, the Gulf of Mexico on the east, Willacy County on the south, and Hidalgo and Brooks counties on the west. The center point of the county is 26°55' north latitude and 97°40' west longitude. Sarita, in northern Kenedy County, is the county seat and largest town. Other communities include Armstrong, Turcotte, Norias, and Rudolph. The county comprises 1,389 square miles, with elevations ranging from sea level to 100 feet.

  • The county was created in 1921 from parts of Hidalgo and Willacy counties and is named for Mifflin Kenedy, an early area rancher and steamboat operator. Kenedy County is included in the Kingsville, TX Kingsville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, TX Combined Statistical Area. There are no incorporated municipalities in Kenedy County. In 1999, Hurricane Bret struck the county, but damage was minimal due to the sparse population. The Peñascal Wind Power Project was built near Sarita in the early 21st Century and is expected to slightly raise the population of the area.

Adjacent Counties

  • Kleberg County (north)
  • Willacy County (south)
  • Hidalgo County (southwest)
  • Brooks County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Kenedy County

  •  Recreational facilities in the county include Padre Island National Seashore and 125 acres of fresh water. Extensive hunting, fishing, and birdwatching opportunities lure numerous visitors.

  • Whether it’s catching a local Ball game, taking the kids to the playground, or paying tribute to the World War II Veterans Memorial, Joe Gulley Park is the perfect place to get a taste of the outdoors. Grab those picnic baskets, enjoy the nature walking trails, and don’t forget Kenedy’s farmers market on the third Saturday of every month!

Farming and Ranching in Kenedy 

  • Temperatures range from an average low of 47° F in January to an average high of 96° in July; the average annual temperature is 73°. Rainfall averages twenty-six inches a year, and the average growing season is 319 days. Mineral resources include oil and natural gas.
  • In the early twenty-first century ranching, oil and gas production, hunting leases and ecotourism were important elements of the local economy. In 2002 the county had 28 ranches covering 474,073 acres, 98 percent of which were devoted pasture. That year ranchers in the area earned $8,982,000; livestock sales accounted for the county’s entire agricultural income.
  • Beef cattle were the chief agricultural product. More than 356,000 barrels of oil, and 66,023,029 thousand cubic feet of gas well gas, were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 39,040,143 barrels of petroleum had been taken from county lands since 1947.

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