Kleberg County, Texas

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Kleberg County, Texas

Kleberg County is located on the coastal plain and is broken by bays. Land features sandy, loam, clay soils, and tree motts. Local economy consists of oil and gas, navel air stations, chemicals and plastics, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and agriculture.

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Where is Kleberg County, Texas?

  • Kleberg County is south of Corpus Christi on U.S. Highway 77 in the Rio Grande Plain region of South Texas. The county's center is at approximately 27°50' north latitude and 98°00' west longitude. Situated on a grassy plain with elevations ranging from sea level to 150 feet, part of the county's 853 square miles lies on the mainland, while the remainder is on Padre Island. A number of creeks, including San Fernando, Santa Gertrudis, Escondido, and Los Olmos, flow into the Callo del Grullo and Baffin Bay in the southeastern section.

  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 32,061. The county was organized in 1913 and is named for Robert J. Kleberg, an early settler. Kleberg County is part of the Kingsville, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also part of the Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, TX Combined Statistical Area. Most of the county's land lies in the famed King Ranch, which also extends into neighboring counties.

Adjacent Counties

  • Nueces County (north)
  • Kenedy County (south)
  • Brooks County (southwest)
  • Jim Wells County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Kleberg County

  • Attractions in Kleberg County include boating, hunting, fishing, Padre Island National Seashore, the annual Naval Relief Festival, held in July, and the Fiesta de Colores, held in October.

  • The Henrietta Memorial Center King Ranch Museum is the definitive repository of ranch lore and the items on display clearly evoke the bygone days on Captain King’s legendary spread. The King Ranch Museum’s permanent collections include: Toni Frissell’s award-winning photographic essay of life on King Ranch in the early 1940’s; saddles from around the world, guns, and rifles. 

Farming and Ranching in Kleberg County 

  • The county's clay and loam soils are covered in places with such brush as huisache, mesquite, and ebony. Temperatures range from an average January minimum of 48° to an average July maximum of 96°, and the average annual rainfall is 26.5 inches. The growing season is ordinarily 314 days.
  •  In the early twenty-first century oil and gas production, the Kingsville Naval Air Station, chemical and plastics plants, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville were important elements of the local economy. More than 708,300 barrels of oil, and 33,859,808 thousand cubic feet of gas well gas, were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 336,320,467 barrels of petroleum had been taken from county lands since 1919. In 2002 the county had 348 farms and ranches, and the area earned $57,787,000 in agricultural receipts; livestock sales accounted for $47,972,000 of the total. Beef cattle, cotton, and sorghum were the chief agricultural products.
 

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