Roger Mills
General County Information

County Seat: Cheyenne

Bordering the Texas panhandle, Roger Mills County was opened to settlement in the land run into the Cheyenne and Arapaho reservations April 19, 1892. It was designated County "F," and Cheyenne was the county seat. In November 1892, an election changed the name to honor Roger Q. Mills of Texas, a former U.S. Senator. The Antelope Hills once marked the international line between the United States and Mexico, and Coronado made mention of them as a campsite in 1541. Roger Mills County lies atop the rich Anadarko Basin and has many oil and gas wells. It enjoyed a boom period in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but agriculture is the mainstay and most of the large ranches are still owned and operated by the same families that first settled them. The construction of the first series of upstream dams in the late 1940s at Sandstone followed the ruinous dust storms of the 1930s. These pioneering efforts helped develop land and water conservation projects throughout the United States.

State District Court Information
Favorability to Defendant: 1
Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

State Court Judges:
Pat F. VerSteeg

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 4.3%
December 2015: 4.6%
December 2014: 2.3%
December 2013: 3.2%
December 2012: 2.7%
December 2011: 3.2%
December 2010: 3.6%

Major Employers:
The county economy has depended on agriculture, which has benefitted from the fact that it lies above the Ogallala Aquifer. Principal crops have included Kaffir corn, broomcorn, wheat, cotton, corn, and alfalfa. Farms have been consolidating throughout the period since the Great Depression. In 1930, there were 2,353 farms, averaging 278.3 acres each. By 2000, there were 680 farms, averaging 1,015.54 acres each. Petroleum and natural gas production has become an important contributor since discovery of the Panhandle-Hugoton Field.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 1,901

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 10.8%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $50,739

State: 3,923,561
County: 3,780