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Austin County, Texas

Austin County, Texas
The Austin County Courthouse in Bellville
Map of Texas highlighting Austin County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Stephen F. Austin
Seat Bellville
Largest city Sealy
Area
 • Total 656 sq mi (1,699 km2)
 • Land 647 sq mi (1,676 km2)
 • Water 9.9 sq mi (26 km2), 1.5%
Population
 • (2010) 28,417
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.austincountywww

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, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Politics 3
    • United States Congress 3.1
    • Texas Legislature 3.2
      • Texas Senate 3.2.1
      • Texas House of Representatives 3.2.2
      • Austin County Courthouse 3.2.3
  • Education 4
  • Transportation 5
    • Major Highways 5.1
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Town 6.2
    • Unincorporated communities 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

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 water.[3]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 23,590 people, 8,747 households, and 6,481 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 10,205 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.22% White, 10.64% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 6.99% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 16.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.9% were of German, 8.8% American, 8.0% Czech, 6.4% English and 5.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 8,747 households out of which 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 non-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 spread out with 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 the median income 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

Texas Legislature

Texas Senate

District 18:- Glenn Hegar (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 planned Trans-Texas Corridor goes through Austin County.[8]

Communities

Cities

Town

Unincorporated communities

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. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ TxDoT, TTC Section C & S, Detailed Map 2, 2007-12-17

External links

  • Austin County website
  • Austin County, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Austin County from the Texas Almanac
  • Austin County from the TXGenWeb Project
  • Historic Austin County materials, hosted by the Portal to Texas History.

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