The annual income for Sutton County is $59 million with per capita income at $14,835. The principal source of income is the oil and gas industry and related service companies. Other income is derived from agriculture, tourism, and retail business. The major employers in descending order are:

Number of employees
Sonora Independent School District   160
Creek Swabbing (oil & gas service company) 75
HighMount Exploration & Production (oil & gas company) 67
Sutton County (government) 55
Dowell Schlumberger (oil & gas service company) 50
Carl J. Cahill Inc. (Dirt Contractor) 47
Lillian Hudspeth Memorial Hospital    65
Nabors (oil & gas service company) 38
City of Sonora 35
Texas Department of Transportation 30

Total Agricultural income excluding government support programs is approximately $15 million annually. According to 1993 figures, major agricultural commodities and income in descending order are:

Beef Cattle $3,328,000
Sheep $1,492,000
Hunting $2,700,000
Goats $1,030,000
Mohair $315,000
Wool $112,000

Special Grants for Businesses:   Matching – Up to $2,500.00 for Paint, Landscape, and Grease Traps

Contact: Sonora Industrial Development Corporation for more information or application

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This page last modified: HTC 05/2006
Last Updated 04/23/08