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Grimes County
The Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson
The Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson
Map of Texas highlighting Grimes 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 1846
Named for Jesse Grimes
Seat Anderson
Largest city Navasota
Area
 • Total 802 sq mi (2,080 km2)
 • Land 787 sq mi (2,040 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (40 km2)  1.8%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 26,604
 • Density 34/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 8th

Grimes County is a county located in southeastern Texas in the United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 26,604. The seat of the county is Anderson. The county was formed from Montgomery County in 1846. It is named for Jesse Grimes, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and early European-American settler of the county.

The Navasota and Brazos rivers form the western boundary of the county. Eastern areas of the county are part of the watershed of the San Jacinto River.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 802 square miles (2,080 km2), of which 787 square miles (2,040 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.8%) is water.

Major Highways

  • Texas 6.svg State Highway 6
  • Texas 30.svg State Highway 30
  • Texas 90.svg State Highway 90
  • Texas 105.svg State Highway 105

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 4,008
1860 10,307 157.2%
1870 13,218 28.2%
1880 18,603 40.7%
1890 21,312 14.6%
1900 26,106 22.5%
1910 21,205 −18.8%
1920 23,101 8.9%
1930 22,642 −2.0%
1940 21,960 −3.0%
1950 15,135 −31.1%
1960 12,709 −16.0%
1970 11,855 −6.7%
1980 13,580 14.6%
1990 18,828 38.6%
2000 23,552 25.1%
2010 26,604 13.0%
2019 (est.) 28,880 8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the 2000 Census, there were 23,552 people, 7,753 households, and 5,628 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (11/km2). There were 9,490 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 71.79% White, 19.96% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.93% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 16.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Christianity is the primary religion in the county and Hinduism is the second.

There were 7,753 households, out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 117.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,280, and the median income for a family was $38,008. Males had a median income of $30,138 versus $21,747 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,368. About 13.80% of families and 16.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 18.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Education

School districts:

  • Anderson-Shiro Consolidated Independent School District
  • Iola Independent School District
  • Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District
  • Navasota Independent School District
  • Richards Independent School District

Blinn College is the designated community college for all of the county.

Notable residents

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