Washington County, Texas
|Washington County, Texas|
The Washington County Courthouse in Brenham.
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|• Total||621 sq mi (1,608 km2)|
|• Land||609 sq mi (1,577 km2)|
|• Water||12 sq mi (31 km2), 1.95%|
|• Density||49/sq mi (19/km²)|
Washington County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas, known for the Convention of 1836 where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,718. Its county seat is Brenham. The county is named for George Washington, the first president of the United States.
The Brenham Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Washington County.
In 2013, the syndicated television series, Texas Country Reporter, hosted by Bob Phillips, declared the highways between Brenham and Chappel Hill as the No. 2 site for the viewing of wildflowers within Texas. The first ranking went to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 621 square miles (1,609 km²), of which 609 square miles (1,578 km²) is land and 12 square miles (31 km²) (1.95%) is water.
See List of highways in Washington County for more roadways in Washington County.
- Brazos County (north)
- Grimes County (northeast)
- Waller County (east)
- Austin County (south)
- Fayette County (southwest)
- Lee County (west)
- Burleson County (northwest)
Texas Almanac: 1850-2010
As of the census of 2000, there were 30,373 people, 11,322 households, and 7,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 13,241 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.68% White, 18.66% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.21% Asian, 4.02% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 8.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.6% were of German, 6.1% American, 5.7% English, 5.3% Irish and 5.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 88.1% spoke English, 8.6% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.
There were 11,322 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,760, and the median income for a family was $43,982. Males had a median income of $31,698 versus $21,346 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,384. About 9.80% of families and 12.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.80% of those under age 18 and 14.50% of those age 65 or over.
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Weekend of April 20, 2013". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
- U.S. Decennial Census
- Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Washington County government's website
- Washington County from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Record Book of Conditional Land Grants for Washington County, 1841, hosted by the Portal to Texas History
||Burleson County||Brazos County||Grimes County|
|Lee County||Waller County|
|Fayette County||Austin County|