Washington County, Texas

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Washington County, Texas
Washington county courthouse texas.jpg
The Washington County Courthouse in Brenham
Map of Texas highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Named for George Washington
Seat Brenham
Largest city Brenham
Area
 • Total 622 sq mi (1,611 km2)
 • Land 604 sq mi (1,564 km2)
 • Water 18 sq mi (47 km2), 2.9%
Population
 • (2010) 33,718
 • Density 49/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district 10th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.washington.tx.us

Washington County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,718.[1] Its county seat is Brenham.[2] The county is named for George Washington, the first president of the United States.

Washington County comprises the Brenham, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Houston-The Woodlands, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Washington County is notable for being the location of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence during the Convention of 1836.

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.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 622 square miles (1,610 km2), of which 604 square miles (1,560 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (2.9%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

See List of highways in Washington County for more roadways in Washington County.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 5,983
1860 15,215 154.3%
1870 23,104 51.9%
1880 27,565 19.3%
1890 29,161 5.8%
1900 32,931 12.9%
1910 25,561 −22.4%
1920 26,624 4.2%
1930 25,394 −4.6%
1940 25,387 0.0%
1950 20,542 −19.1%
1960 19,145 −6.8%
1970 18,842 −1.6%
1980 21,998 16.7%
1990 26,154 18.9%
2000 30,373 16.1%
2010 33,718 11.0%
Est. 2012 34,093 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850-2010[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] 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.

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Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Other communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Weekend of April 20, 2013". texascountryreporter.com. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  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 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 30°13′N 96°25′W / 30.21°N 96.41°W / 30.21; -96.41