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Austin County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Austin County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1837
Seat Bellville
Largest City Sealy
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

656 sq mi (1,699 km²)
647 sq mi (1,676 km²)
9.9 sq mi (26 km²), 1.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

28,417
44/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.austincounty.com
Named for: Stephen F. Austin

Austin County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,417. Its seat is Bellville. 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.

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.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,841
1860 10,139 164.0%
1870 15,087 48.8%
1880 14,429 −4.4%
1890 17,859 23.8%
1900 20,676 15.8%
1910 17,699 −14.4%
1920 18,874 6.6%
1930 18,860 −0.1%
1940 17,384 −7.8%
1950 14,663 −15.7%
1960 13,777 −6.0%
1970 13,831 0.4%
1980 17,726 28.2%
1990 19,832 11.9%
2000 23,590 18.9%
2010 28,417 20.5%
Est. 2015 29,563 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census 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.

Transportation

Major Highways

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10
  • US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90
  • Texas 36.svg State Highway 36
  • Texas 159.svg State Highway 159

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

Communities

Cities

Town

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town


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