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Concho Valley
Region
Texas Counties in the Concho Valley
Texas Counties in the Concho Valley
Country  United States
State  Texas
Region West Texas
Area
 • Total42,410 km2 (16,376 sq mi)
Population
 • Total157,721 [1]
Area code(s)325

Concho Valley is a region in West Texas. The region takes its name from the, Concho River, "shell" in Spanish, named due to its abundance of freshwater mussels in the river. [2]

Counties

There are variations of the region, but according to the Concho Valley Council of Governments, the Concho Valley consists of 13 county area encompassing 16,376 sq mi (42,414 km2).

Cities

The Concho River running through a park in San Angelo.

With an estimated population of 97,492 in 2014, San Angelo is the principal city and center of the San Angelo metropolitan area. [3]

Geography

The Concho Valley is located in West Texas in an area from the southwestern reaches of the Edwards Plateau and the northeastern edge of the Chihuahuan desert. The North Concho River and South Concho River merge to form the Concho River in San Angelo.

Identity

Many businesses and organizations use the term "Concho" or "Concho Valley", helping to form a regional identity in the area surrounding the Concho River. Some include the Boy Scouts of America Concho Valley Council, Concho Valley Council of Governments, Concho Valley Electric Cooperative, etc. The oldest is Fort Concho, built in 1867.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-03-14. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  2. ^ Julia Cauble Smith: Concho River from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  3. ^ "San Angelo (city) 2014 Population Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2015.