Taylor County, Texas

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Taylor County, Texas

Taylor County is located on the prairie with Callahan Divide and drains to the Colorado tributaries, Brazos forks, lake Abilene, Lake Kirby and contains mostly loam soils. Local economy consists of agribusiness, oil and gas, education, and Dyess Air Force Base.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $276K
Highest Price $12M
Total Listings 58
Avg. Price/SQFT $293

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Where is Taylor County, Texas?

  • Taylor County is in west central Texas. The center of the county lies at 32°18' north latitude and 99°53' west longitude, and Abilene, the largest city, is 151 miles west of Fort Worth. Located in the Rolling Plains vegetation region, Taylor County covers 917 square miles of prairie covered by grasses, with some mesquite and live oak trees.

  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 131,506. The county was created in 1858 and later organized in 1878. It is named for Edward Taylor, George Taylor, and James Taylor, three brothers who died at the Battle of the Alamo. Taylor County is included in the Abilene, TX metropolitan statistical area, and is considered part of West Texas.

  • Transportation needs are met by U.S. Highway 83/84 and 227, Interstate 20, State Highway 36, Abilene Municipal Airport, and Elmdale Airport. The Missouri Pacific Railroad serves cities such as Merkel, Tye, and Abilene. Other railroads serving the county are the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and the Burlington Northern.

Adjacent Counties

  • Jones County (north)
  • Shackelford County (northeast)
  • Callahan County (east)
  • Coleman County (southeast)
  • Runnels County (south)
  • Nolan County (west)
  • Fisher County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Taylor County

  •  Abilene's zoo and its numerous parks and lakes and provide residents and visitors with recreational opportunities. Other significant attractions include Buffalo Gap Historic Village and the annual West Texas Fair.
  • Abilene State Park is a 529.4-acre park near Lake Abilene south of Abilene, Texas. It features camping, trailer facilities, picnicking, shelters, a swimming pool, and hiking. A large grove of oak, cedar, elm and pecan trees, now a favorite picnic area, was once a campground for Comanche Indians.
  • The Grace Museum is in Abilene, Texas, United States. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The Grace Museum houses five art galleries featuring rotating art exhibitions and artwork from the permanent collection; a history gallery with permanent and rotating exhibits featuring Abilene, Taylor County, and West Texas artifacts; an art library; an education center and an interactive gallery for children and families.

  • Lake Abilene, Kirby Lake, Lytle Lake, and Fort Phantom Hill Reservoir provide water and recreation.

Farming and Ranching in Taylor County

  • The loamy surface soils are reddish to brownish, while the clayey subsoils often include lime accumulations; altitudes range from 1,672 to 2,410 feet above sea level. Taylor County is traversed from east to west by the Callahan Divide, a line of hills separating the Brazos River and the Colorado River watersheds.
  • he county is semi-arid, with an average rainfall of 23.59 inches. Temperatures range from an average low of 31° F in January to an average high of 96° in July, and the average growing season lasts 225 days. Natural resources include oil and gas, stone, clays, sand, and gravel. 
 

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