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Rains County, Texas

Rains County is located in Northeastern Texas with rolling, partly blackland terrain with sandy loams and sandy soils. Also contains the Sabine River, Lake Tawakoni, and Lake Fork Reservoir. Local economy consists of agribusiness, and manufacturing.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $5.5M
Total Listings 46
Avg. Days On Market 102
Avg. Price/SQFT $585

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Where is Rains County, Texas?

  • Rains County is in northeast Texas on the upper reaches of the Sabine River. It is bordered by Hunt, Hopkins, Wood, and Van Zandt counties. The county seat and largest town, Emory, is centrally located in the county at 32°50' north latitude and 95°50' west longitude and is sixty-four miles east of Dallas. The altitude of Rains County varies from 406 to 491 feet above sea level. 
  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,914. The county (and county seat) is named for Emory Rains, a Texas state legislator. In 1970, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Number 10860 was placed in the county courthouse lawn.

  • Emory is centrally located between Dallas and Tyler, and just 20 miles from the world famous Canton First Monday Trade Days.  It is rooted between two major interstates, Interstate 20 and Interstate 30, making it easily accessible to East Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. 

Adjacent Counties

  • Hopkins County (north)
  • Wood County (east)
  • Van Zandt County (southwest)
  • Hunt County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Rains County

  • Emory recently purchased approximately 13 acres of land at the end of North Street in downtown Emory. The land is actively being transformed into a community park.  As of 2017, the park area has a beautiful walking trail, picnic tables and a concrete pad with some electricity for events.

  • The Emory Heritage Park is located off Highway 69, adjacent to the Rains County Public Library in Emory. It is established and maintained by the Rains County Historical Society. The park is dedicated to the preservation of rural cultural and architectural history in Rains County from the early 1900’s era.

  • Lake Tawakoni, also known as the Iron Bridge Dam and Reservoir Project, was the first major project built by the Sabine River Authority of Texas. Lake Tawakoni has a surface area of about 36,700 acres. The dam is located about 10 miles northeast of Wills Point, and the reservoir lies within parts of Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt Counties.

Farming and Ranching in Rains County 

  • The average maximum temperature is 95° F in July, and the average minimum is 31° in January. The county receives an average of 42.2 inches of rain per year and has a growing season of 242 days. With a total area of only 258.8 square miles, Rains County is one of the smallest counties in the state, and more than 10 percent of it has been under water since the construction of Lake Tawakoni and Lake Fork Reservoir.

  •  In the early twenty-first century agribusiness and some manufacturing were the key elements of the local economy. In 2002 the county had 584 farms and ranches covering 93,601 acres, 46 percent of which were devoted to crops, 41 percent to pasture, and 10 percent to woodland. In that year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $11,790,000, with livestock sales accounting for $9,507,000 of the total. Beef, dairy cattle, horses, vegetables, hay, and small grains were the chief agricultural products.

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