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Austin County, Texas
Austin county courthouse.jpg
The Austin County Courthouse in Bellville
Map of Texas highlighting Austin County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded1837
Named for Stephen F. Austin
Seat Bellville
Largest city Sealy
Area
 • Total656 sq mi (1,699 km2)
 • Land647 sq mi (1,676 km2)
 • Water9.9 sq mi (26 km2), 1.5%
Population
 • ( 2010)28,417
 • Density44/sq mi (17/km2)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/ −5
Website www.austincounty.com

Austin County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,417. [1] Its seat is Bellville. [2] The county is named for Stephen F. Austin, who facilitated the Anglo-American colonization of Texas and is known as the "Father of Texas".

Austin County is included in the Houston- The Woodlands- Sugar Land, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Austin County is not to be confused with the city of Austin, the state capital city that lies in Travis County, about 110 miles to the northwest.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 656 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 647 square miles (1,680 km2) is land and 9.9 square miles (26 km2) (1.5%) is covered by water. [3]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18503,841
186010,139164.0%
187015,08748.8%
188014,429−4.4%
189017,85923.8%
190020,67615.8%
191017,699−14.4%
192018,8746.6%
193018,860−0.1%
194017,384−7.8%
195014,663−15.7%
196013,777−6.0%
197013,8310.4%
198017,72628.2%
199019,83211.9%
200023,59018.9%
201028,41720.5%
Est. 201629,758 [4]4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [5]
1850–2010 [6] 2010–2014 [1]

As of the census [7] of 2000, 23,590 people, 8,747 households, and 6,481 families resided in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). The 10,205 housing units averaged 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.22% White, 10.64% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 6.99% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. About 16.13% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 26.9% were of German, 8.0% Czech, 6.4% English, and 5.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

Of the 8,747 households, 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were not families; 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was distributed as 27.00% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,615, and for a family was $46,342. Males had a median income of $32,455 versus $22,142 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,140. About 8.80% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 14.40% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

United States Congress

Senators Name Party First elected Level
  Senate John Cornyn Republican 2002 Senior Senator
  Senate Ted Cruz Republican 2012 Junior Senator
Representatives Name Party First elected Area(s) of Austin County represented
  District 10 Michael McCaul Republican 2004 Entire county
Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [8]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 78.5% 9,637 18.9% 2,320 2.6% 317
2012 79.5% 9,265 19.3% 2,252 1.1% 132
2008 75.0% 8,786 24.1% 2,821 1.0% 114
2004 75.4% 8,072 24.1% 2,582 0.5% 48
2000 72.2% 6,661 26.1% 2,407 1.7% 159
1996 58.4% 4,669 34.0% 2,719 7.7% 613
1992 50.9% 4,015 28.9% 2,278 20.2% 1,597
1988 63.2% 4,524 36.2% 2,593 0.6% 43
1984 71.3% 4,872 28.4% 1,941 0.3% 21
1980 64.9% 3,734 32.9% 1,893 2.2% 126
1976 53.4% 2,686 46.0% 2,313 0.7% 34
1972 74.2% 3,084 25.1% 1,043 0.7% 27
1968 45.3% 1,971 29.8% 1,299 24.9% 1,084
1964 39.5% 1,545 60.4% 2,365 0.1% 5
1960 52.9% 1,978 46.2% 1,725 0.9% 35
1956 67.1% 2,501 32.6% 1,215 0.3% 10
1952 67.2% 2,964 32.7% 1,445 0.1% 4
1948 44.0% 1,260 43.7% 1,252 12.3% 353
1944 19.4% 619 41.3% 1,316 39.2% 1,249
1940 49.9% 1,400 50.0% 1,404 0.1% 3
1936 15.0% 290 84.8% 1,635 0.2% 4
1932 4.8% 142 95.0% 2,806 0.2% 7
1928 17.9% 466 82.0% 2,129 0.1% 2
1924 12.6% 457 71.7% 2,601 15.7% 569
1920 19.7% 568 18.6% 538 61.7% 1,784
1916 41.0% 673 58.4% 960 0.6% 10
1912 16.4% 244 78.2% 1,161 5.4% 80

Texas Legislature

Texas Senate

District 18: Lois Kolkhorst ( R) – first elected in 2006

Texas House of Representatives

District 13: Lois Kolkhorst ( R) – first elected in 2000

Austin County Courthouse

County Judge: Tim Lapham ( R)

Tax Assessor-Collector: Marcus A. Peña ( R) – first elected in 2012

Education

The following school districts serve Austin County:

Transportation

Major Highways

The TTC-69 component (recommended preferred) of the once-planned Trans-Texas Corridor went through Austin County. [9]

Communities

Cities

Town

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  8. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  9. ^ TxDoT, TTC Section C & S, Detailed Map 2, 2007-12-17 Archived February 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

External links


AUSTIN COUNTY TEXAS Latitude and Longitude:

29°53′N 96°17′W / 29.88°N 96.28°W / 29.88; -96.28