Aransas County, Texas

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Aransas County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Aransas County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1871
Named for The Rio Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu, a Spanish outpost in early Texas
Seat Rockport
Largest city Rockport
Area
 • Total 528 sq mi (1,367 km2)
 • Land 252 sq mi (652 km2)
 • Water 276 sq mi (715 km2), 52.29%
Population
 • (2010) 23,158
 • Density 89/sq mi (34/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.aransascounty.org

Aransas County (/əˈrænzɨs/ ə-RAN-ziss[1]) is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,158.[2] Its county seat is Rockport[3]. (See List of Texas county name etymologies.) Aransas County was formed in 1871 from Refugio County.

Aransas County is part of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Aransas County was formed in 1871 from portions of Refugio County. It was named after Rio Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu, a Spanish outpost in early Texas.

The first European to see this land was probably Alonso Álvarez de Pineda, who sailed along the coast of Texas in the summer of 1519 and who also discovered the Aransas Bay.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 528 square miles (1,370 km2), of which 252 square miles (650 km2) is land and 276 square miles (710 km2) (52.29%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 966
1890 1,824 88.8%
1900 1,716 −5.9%
1910 2,106 22.7%
1920 2,064 −2.0%
1930 2,219 7.5%
1940 3,469 56.3%
1950 4,252 22.6%
1960 7,006 64.8%
1970 8,902 27.1%
1980 14,260 60.2%
1990 17,892 25.5%
2000 22,497 25.7%
2010 23,158 2.9%
Est. 2012 23,818 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 22,497 people, 9,132 households, and 6,401 families residing in the county. The population density was 89 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 12,848 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.44% White, 1.43% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, 2.77% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.33% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. 20.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,132 households out of which 27.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 19.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,702, and the median income for a family was $34,915. Males had a median income of $31,597 versus $20,289 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,560. About 15.50% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.00% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Most county residents (including the cities of Rockport and Fulton) are served by the Aransas County Independent School District.

Some residents (including the city of Aransas Pass, which is actually outside of the county) are served by the Aransas Pass Independent School District.

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Aransas County Airport is located in Fulton, north of Rockport.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated places[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.texastripper.com/pronounce/locations-a.html
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°06′N 96°59′W / 28.10°N 96.99°W / 28.10; -96.99