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Austin County
The Austin County Courthouse in Bellville
The Austin County Courthouse in Bellville
Map of Texas highlighting Austin County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1837
Named for Stephen F. Austin
Seat Bellville
Largest city Sealy
Area
 • Total 656 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Land 647 sq mi (1,680 km2)
 • Water 9.9 sq mi (26 km2)  1.5%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 30,167
 • Density 45.99/sq mi (17.755/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 10th

Austin County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 30,167. Its seat is Bellville.

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 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%
2020 30,167 6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Austin County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 18,657 18,480 65.65% 61.26%
Black or African American alone (NH) 2,622 2,352 9.23% 7.80%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 79 78 0.28% 0.26%
Asian alone (NH) 110 201 0.39% 0.67%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 1 8 0.00% 0.03%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 36 107 0.13% 0.35%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 271 889 0.95% 2.95%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 6,641 8,052 23.37% 26.69%
Total 28,417 30,167 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-10 (TX).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

Education

The following school districts serve Austin County:

  • Bellville Independent School District
  • Brazos Independent School District (partial) (Formerly Wallis-Orchard ISD)
  • Brenham Independent School District (partial)
  • Columbus Independent School District (partial)
  • Sealy Independent School District
  • Burton Independent School District

(partial)

Blinn Junior College District is the designated community college for most of the county. Areas in Brazos ISD are in Wharton County Junior College District.

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