Pecos County

Pecos County was officially designated in 1875, with the town of St. Gall (now Fort Stockton) selected as the county seat. Located in the semi-arid Trans-Pecos region of West Texas, Pecos County is the second largest county in the state with 4,740 square miles and a 1996 population of 16,213, which ranked 130th in the State. Fifty-eight percent of the county’s citizens reside in the city of Fort Stockton.   Sheffield, Iraan, Bakersfield, Girvin, Imperial and Coyanosa are the other towns and communities within Pecos County.

The largest industry employment is in state and local government, due in part to the location of three Texas Department of Criminal Justice Units located in the county. Also, oil and gas, agriculture in the forms of livestock, pecans, shrimp, wine production, cotton and wind turbines, wholesale and retail trade make significant contributions to the economy.

The 2000 census for Pecos County lists 16,809 residents in the county. This shows a slight increase in population since the 1996 census.

Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service plays a vital role in Pecos County. We provide practical information and education to help people make their lives better and to help our communities and neighborhoods address their problems. Extension education programs promote economic development, environmental stewardship, family health and well-being, youth development, and better understanding of agriculture. The Texas Community Futures Forum, a state-wide needs assessment, was sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension and the following issues were identified as most important in Pecos County:

  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Water
  • Economic Development
  • Health Care

Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

Contact Pecos County

Karan Heffelfinger
County Extension Agent
101 East Division
PO Box 1357
Fort Stockton, Texas  79735-1357
Phone: 432-336-2541
Fax: 432-336-6107


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Pecos County, Texas

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