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Lavaca County
The Lavaca County Courthouse in Hallettsville
The Lavaca County Courthouse in Hallettsville
Map of Texas highlighting Lavaca 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 Lavaca River
Seat Hallettsville
Largest city Yoakum
Area
 • Total 970 sq mi (2,500 km2)
 • Land 970 sq mi (2,500 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2)  0.08%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 20,337
 • Density 20.97/sq mi (8.10/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 27th

Lavaca County ( lə-VAH-kə) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 20,337. Its county seat is Hallettsville. The county was created in 1846. It is named for the Lavaca River which curves its way South East through Moulton and Hallettsville before reaching the coast at Matagorda Bay.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 970 square miles (2,500 km2), of which 970 square miles (2,500 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.08%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
  • Alternate plate.svg
    US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77 Alternate
  • Alternate plate.svg
    US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90 Alternate
  • Texas 95.svg State Highway 95
  • Texas 111.svg State Highway 111

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,571
1860 5,945 278.4%
1870 9,168 54.2%
1880 13,641 48.8%
1890 21,887 60.5%
1900 28,121 28.5%
1910 26,418 −6.1%
1920 28,964 9.6%
1930 27,550 −4.9%
1940 25,485 −7.5%
1950 22,159 −13.1%
1960 20,174 −9.0%
1970 17,903 −11.3%
1980 19,004 6.1%
1990 18,690 −1.7%
2000 19,210 2.8%
2010 19,263 0.3%
2020 20,337 5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Lavaca County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 14,674 14,564 76.18% 71.61%
Black or African American alone (NH) 1,255 1,173 6.52% 5.77%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 30 30 0.16% 0.15%
Asian alone (NH) 56 74 0.29% 0.36%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 17 5 0.09% 0.02%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 18 31 0.09% 0.15%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 136 524 0.71% 2.58%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 3,077 3,936 15.97% 19.35%
Total 19,263 20,337 100.00% 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.

Communities

Cities

Town

Unincorporated communities

Education

The following school public school districts are located in Lavaca County.

  • Hallettsville Independent School District
  • Moulton Independent School District
  • Shiner Independent School District
  • Sweet Home Independent School District
  • Vysehrad Independent School District
  • Yoakum Independent School District
  • Ezzell Independent School District

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Condado de Lavaca para niños

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