Physical Features - Hilly, rolling; sandy loam
soils; drains to Leon River forks;
Recreation - Golf and fishing, Lake Leon, Lake Cisco;
water sports; hunting; festivals; historic sites and displays.
Minerals - Production of oil, gas, stone,
clays, sand, and gravel.
Agriculture - Peanuts top crop, fed beef and
dairy cattle, turkeys also big revenue producers, hogs also raised,
emus introduced; 19,0000 acres irrigated, mostly peanuts, some hay,
melons and vegetables.
Business - Agribusiness; education, petroleum
industries, varied manufacturing.
Major Communities include
٠ County Seat
٠ Manufacturing plants make various goods
٠ Medical Health Center
٠ Nursing Home
٠ Cisco Junior College
٠ Ranger Junior College
Eastland’s Regional Economy
The Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area (Taylor County) and Brown,
Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent,
Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens,
Stonewall, and Throckmorton counties comprise the West Central Texas
COG. Major industries include oil and gas field services and
agribusiness and feedlots, as well as education, which is provided by
the three private universities and one private junior college. Dyess Air
Force Base also makes a significant contribution to the regional
Nearly eight out of every ten workers in the Abilene MSA are employed in
the services, trade, and government sectors, with services comprising
approximately 35% of the total number of jobs.
The Regional Outlook
Directions for Growth
Regional Gross Real Product
Regional Industry Clusters
Clusters listed are based on industry linkage and cluster analysis,
occupational workforce requirements and availability, support
requirements, and a comprehensive evaluation of future industrial
Distribution, Transportation, and Logistics
Production Support Manufacturing
Agricultural and Food
Eastland County Regional Outlook
First, the County’s population growth has been sporadic since 1970 as
shown in the Chart. At the time of the 2000 Census, the County was home
to 18,297 residents, which represented a 0.5% increase over 1970’s
population. The Texas Comptroller forecasts that the County’s population
will increase to 18,726 by 2010 and 19,091 by 2020.
Second, median household income levels in Eastland County increased
significantly between 1990 and 2000. Eastland residents enjoy $26,832 in
annual household income. This represents a 70% increase in income since
1990! Additionally, the City of Eastland has an even higher level of
Eastland County’s Retail Outlook – Gross Retail
Gross retail sales growth has fluctuated somewhat since 1992.
However, at the current levels the County’s retail sales have increased
75% since 1992. Average outlet growth in the area declined during the
same period (0.7%), meaning that there are fewer stores competing the
When looking at retail sales in Eastland County, we consider each
community’s contribution to total gross sales. In other words, which
towns dominate the retail market within the County? The Chart
illustrates the main contributors to the County’s sales.
The Chart shows where the majority of the retail outlets are
concentrated around the County. It is obvious that the City of Eastland
is the County’s retail hub. The City of Eastland accounts for 32% of all
outlets and 55% of all retail sales in Eastland County.
Additionally, Eastland serves as a regional purchasing hub for a