Matagorda County, Texas facts for kids
|Matagorda County, Texas|
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|Largest City||Bay City|
1,613 sq mi (4,178 km²)
1,100 sq mi (2,849 km²)
512 sq mi (1,326 km²), 32%
33/sq mi (13/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Matagorda County (i//) 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").
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.
- Brazoria County (northeast)
- Calhoun County (southwest)
- Jackson County (west)
- Wharton County (northwest)
National protected areas
- Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge
- San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
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.
Monument erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy on the Matagorda County Courthouse square in Bay City in 1913.
Episcopal Church, Palacios
Images for kids
The Matagorda County Museum in Bay City is located across from the Court House.
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