Starr County, Texas

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Starr County, Texas

Starr County features rolling terrain with some hills and dense brush in Texas' southern plains region. Starr County land consists of clay, loam, sandy and alluvial soils. The southern edge is marked by the Rio Grande, which doubles as the border with Mexico. Starr County also includes the Falcon Reservoir. The local economy is comprised of vegetable packing, agribusiness, oil processing, tourism, and government services.

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Land for Sale in Starr County, Texas

  • Starr County is a county in southern Texas, bordering Mexico at its southern edge.
  • Being so close to the Mexico border, Starr County includes a continuous chain of urban centers near its southern edge, roughly following the U.S. Highway 83.
  • The largest of these settlements is Rio Grande City, which is also the county seat of Starr County. Other large communities in Starr County include Escobares, La Grulla, and Roma.
  •  Starr County has a subtropical, subhumid climate with mild winters and hot summers. Temperatures range from an average minimum of 44° F in January to an average maximum of 99° F in July. The average annual temperature is 74° F. Rainfall averages twenty-two inches a year, and the growing season lasts 305 days.

Starr County Land Uses & Farming

  • Starr County falls within the Texas Plains region, featuring landscapes of various grasses, shrubs, cacti, and oaks.
  • The Starr County economy includes significant levels of agriculture and oil and gas production.
  • Popular crops include sorghum, onions, melons, and oranges. Cattle farming is also a large part of Starr County's agribusiness economy.

Attractions in Starr County, Texas

  • Starr County's varied landscape makes for many recreational opportunities, especially at the Las Palomas State Wildlife Management Area and Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Hunting is a popular activity, as are the various community events and festivals held in Rio Grande City.
  • Starr County is also known for its historic architecture.

Counties Next to Starr County, Texas

Starr County is bordered by:

  • Zapata County to the west
  • Hidalgo County to the east
  • Brooks County to the northeast
  • Hogg County to the north

And Starr County is bordered to the south by Mexico, across the Rio Grande river.

Farming and Ranching in Starr County

  • Starr County is part of the Rio Grande Plain region and comprises 1,226 square miles with elevations from 200 to 400 feet above sea level. The northeastern part of the county has sandy or light-colored and loamy soils over very deep, reddish or mottled clayey subsoils. Soils in the central part of the county are light-colored, deep to moderately deep, and well drained. In the southwest soils are gray to black cracking clay. Limestone can be found within forty inches of the surface.
  •  The primary crops were sorghum and hay. Vegetables were also grown, and the county was second in the state for onions, cantaloupes, lettuce, bell peppers, and honeydew melons and fourth for cabbage. Primary fruits were oranges, and the primary livestock was cattle. Natural resources included caliche, clay, and gravel, oil, and gas. Gas and oil production is significant.
 

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