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Matagorda County, Texas
Map

Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1836
Seat Bay City
Largest City Bay City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,613 sq mi (4,178 km²)
1,100 sq mi (2,849 km²)
512 sq mi (1,326 km²), 32%
Population
 -  Density

36,807
33/sq mi (13/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.matagorda.tx.us
MatagordaCountyOfficeBuilding
Matagorda County Office Building

Matagorda County (Listeni/ˈmætəˈɡɔərdə/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,702. According to data from Applied Geographic Solutions, the 2016 population was 36,807. Its county seat is Bay City, not to be confused with the larger Baytown in Harris and Chambers Counties. Matagorda County is named for the canebrakes that once grew along the coast (matagorda is a Spanish word meaning "thick bush").

Matagorda County comprises the Bay City, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Houston-The Woodlands, TX Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,613 square miles (4,180 km2), of which 1,100 square miles (2,800 km2) is land and 512 square miles (1,330 km2) (32%) is water. The water area includes Matagorda Bay. It borders the Gulf of Mexico.

Major highways

  • Texas 35.svg State Highway 35
  • Texas 60.svg State Highway 60
  • Texas 71.svg State Highway 71
  • Texas 111.svg State Highway 111

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge
  • San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,124
1860 3,454 62.6%
1870 3,377 −2.2%
1880 3,940 16.7%
1890 3,985 1.1%
1900 6,097 53.0%
1910 13,597 123.0%
1920 16,589 22.0%
1930 17,678 6.6%
1940 20,066 13.5%
1950 21,559 7.4%
1960 25,744 19.4%
1970 27,913 8.4%
1980 37,828 35.5%
1990 36,928 −2.4%
2000 37,957 2.8%
2010 36,702 −3.3%
Est. 2015 36,770 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of 2016 data from Applied Geographic Solutions, there were 36,807 people, 14,425 households, and 9,824 families residing in the county. There were 19,267 housing units in the county with 14,425 occupied. The racial makeup of the county was 69.93% White, 11.56% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 2.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 13.02% from other races, and 2.53% from two or more races. 40.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.85% under the age of 20, 12.95% from 20 to 29, 11.47% from 30 to 49, 20.56% from 50 to 64, and 16.42% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.97 years. The median income for a household in the county was $43,046.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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