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Willacy County, Texas

Willacy County is located on flat coastal prairie sloping toward the gulf. Land features alluvial, sandy, and marshy soils and includes Padre Island, La Sal Veja, salt lake, and wildlife refuge. Local economy features agribusiness, oil and government services.

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Average Price $550K
Lowest Price $550K
Highest Price $550K
Total Listings 1
Avg. Days On Market 55
Avg. Price/SQFT $0

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Where is Willacy County, Texas?

  •  Willacy County, in the Rio Grande valley of South Texas, is thirty miles north of Mexico; it is bordered by Kenedy, Hidalgo, and Cameron counties and the Gulf of Mexico. The county was the 253rd county to be formed and was named for state senator John G. Willacy. Raymondville, the county's largest town and county seat, is in the north central part of the county on U.S. Highway 77 and the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

  • The center of the county is at 26°27' north latitude and 97°40' west longitude. Other communities in the county are the incorporated towns of Lyford and San Perlita and the unincorporated towns of Lasara, Los Coyotes, Porfirio, Port Mansfield, Santa Monica, Sebastian, and Willamar. Willacy County comprises 589 square miles with an elevation ranging from sea level to fifty feet.

  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 22,134. The county was created in 1911 and organized the next year. Willacy County comprises the Raymondville, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville, TX Combined Statistical Area, which itself is part of the larger Rio Grande Valley region.

Adjacent Counties

  • Kenedy County (north)
  • Cameron County (south)
  • Hidalgo County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Willacy County 

  • There are three airports in the county, and waterborne commerce is served by Port Mansfield. Recreation facilities in the county include Padre Island National Seashore. The Texas Tropical Trail runs through Willacy County. Hunting opportunities are extensive.

  • Special events include the Willacy County Livestock Show, the Port Mansfield Fishing Tournament, and the Port Mansfield Lady Anglers Tournament. In the early 1990s the descendants of Spanish land grantees of Willacy County in the Asociacíon de Reclamantes were involved in a suit against the Mexican government for the loss of property and money allegedly resulting from government negligence.

Farming and Ranching in Willacy County 

  • Along the Gulf Coast the soils are sandy and saline or cracking and support cordgrasses, seashore saltgrass, and marsh millet. Natural resources included caliche, oil, and gas. The climate is subtropical-humid; tropical storms and hurricanes are possible from June through October. Temperatures range from an average low of 48° F to a high of 69° in January and from 74° to 95° in July. Rainfall averages twenty-seven inches a year, and the growing season lasts for 318 days.

  • In 2002 the county had 334 farms and ranches covering 369,893 acres, 62 percent of which were devoted to crops and 35 percent to pasture. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $18,907,000; crop sales accounted for $14,657,000 of the total. Cotton, sorghum, vegetables, sugar cane, cattle, horses, and hogs were the chief agricultural products. More than 742,570 barrels of oil, and 22,926,967 thousand cubic feet of gas well gas, were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 113,350,604 barrels of oil had been taken from county lands since 1936.

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