General County Information

County Seat: Guymon

Texas County was formed at statehood from the central one-third of "Old Beaver County," also known as "No Man's Land." It took its name from the state of Texas. Its county seat is named for E. T. Guymon, uncle of George E. Ellison, who established the first business in that town. The Beaver River is the principal stream in Texas County, rising in northeastern New Mexico and emptying into the Canadian River near Eufaula. It is joined by Wolf Creek near Fort Supply and from there becomes known as the North Canadian River. Texas County consists of level plains and rolling hills. Many trees, especially cottonwood, grow along the streams. A large number of irrigation wells in the county help stabilize farming. Wheat, grain sorghums, and cattle are the chief agricultural industries, ranking near the top among counties of the state in all three. The county ranks high in natural gas and petroleum, being first in gas production among all counties of the United States. Industries in the area include gasoline extraction plants, and beef and pork production.

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:
Clark Jett

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Notable Verdicts

Morelaw is a free reporting service that plaintiff and defense lawyers use. So, it is not necessarily a representative cross-section of verdicts. In our opinion, the plaintiff's bar reports favorable outcomes more frequently than the defense bar reports favorable outcomes. www.morelaw.com

Date: 11/09/01
Case Style: Bridenstine v. Kaiser-Francis Oil Co.
Judge: Kincannon
Outcome: Settled for $26,000,000. Jury trial with non-settling defendant resulted in verdict of $73,800,000.
Description: Class action suit brought by gas royalty owners for underpayment of royalty payments on wells.

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 3.1%
December 2015: 2.8%
December 2014: 2.9%
December 2013: 4.3%
December 2012: 4.3%
December 2011: 4.5%
December 2010: 4.5%

Major Employers:
Cattle raising was the most important economic activity before and after statehood. Farming rose in importance after the 1890s. Despite the occurrence of the Dust Bowl these two sectors have recovered and prospered. By 1990, Texas County led the state in producing grain sorghums, with 4.2 million bushels, or one-quarter of the state's harvest, and was the state's fourth-largest wheat-producing county, harvesting 10.3 million bushels. By 1997 it was the state's top producer of both hogs and cattle. Petroleum exploration began in 1922 and resulted in natural gas production from the Hugoton Gas Field. The county remains the nation's largest producer of natural gas. Four carbon-black plants operated near Optima from the mid-1930s through the 1940s. The field extends from Hugoton, Kansas into the Texas Panhandle.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 8,173

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 11.4%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $50,242

State: 3,923,561
County: 21,588