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County population in 2012: 28,618 (34% urban, 66% rural); it was 23,590 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,297
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,895
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,754
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,645 (it was 1,993 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

36%

Land area: 653 sq. mi.
Water area: 3.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 44 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Austin County: 81.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (18.4%), Manufacturing (17.5%), Retail trade (11.5%), Construction (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Median resident age:  40.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years

Males: 14,073  (40.8%)
Females: 14,344  (59.2%)

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Austin County,TX real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Austin County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $46,673 ($38,615 in 1999)
This county:

$46673
Texas:

$48259

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $483 (lower quartile is $378, upper quartile is $568)
This county:

$483
State:

$632


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $137,862 (it was $84,400 in 2000)
Austin County:

$137,862
Texas:

$125,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $81,946 - $241,658

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $273,184
Here:

$273,184
State:

$177,060

Townhouses or other attached units: $66,884
Here:

$66,884
State:

$170,403

In 2-unit structures: $22,554
Here:

$22,554
State:

$137,980

Mobile homes: $93,469
Here:

$93,469
State:

$42,156

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $25,275
Here:

$25,275
State:

$34,447
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,288
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $393

Institutionalized population: 199

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Austin County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,938 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,295 (1.0%)


Austin County household income distribution in 2009 Austin County home values distribution


Austin County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 8.3%
(6.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.1% for Black residents, 9.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 5.1% for other race residents, 26.5% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 39 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

12.1%
Whole state:

15.4%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

4.3%
Whole state:

6.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Austin County is $477 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $574 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $762 a month.

Cities in this county include: Sealy, Bellville, West End, Wallis, San Felipe, Brazos Country, Industry.

Austin County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Local government website: www.austincounty.com/facts.html

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Austin County: Coshatte Agricultural Society Hall (A), Dant (B), Gulf (C), Post Oak Point (D), Rock House (E), El Pleasant (F), Welcome (G), Bellville Yards (H), Sachse Public Library (I), Cat Springs Volunteer Fire Department (J), New Ulm Volunteer Fire Department (K), Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Department (L), Witte-Schmid House (M), Roesler House (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Austin County include: Samuel Chapel (A), Truvine Church (B), Welcome Church (C), Wesley Church (D), Pleasant Grove Church (E), Cherry Chapel (F), Grants Chapel (G), Wesley Brethren Church (H), Saint Paul Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Millheim Cemetery (1), Henson Cemetery (2), Allens Cemetery (3), Smith Cemetery (4), Montgomery Cemetery (5), Schlopata Cemetery (6), Schmidt Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Wards Lake (A), Peters Lake (B), Cannons Lake (C), Nowaks Lake (D), Lake Virnau (E), Cook Lake (F), Mawis Lake (G), Hillbolt Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Boggy Creek (A), Black Walnut Creek (B), Black Branch (C), Willow Branch (D), Swearingen Creek (E), Spring Branch (F), Skull Creek (G), Shirttail Branch (H), Schweiner Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Austin County include: Harmonie Park (1), Historical Marker (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Colorado County , Fayette County , Fort Bend County , Waller County , Washington County , Wharton County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 647
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 74.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,720 (33% naturalized citizens)

Austin County:

7.3%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 52.8%

Austin County marital status for males
Austin County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Austin County with a mortgage: 1,924 (54 second mortgage, 130 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,098

Here:

47.8% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 51.80%
Here51.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 12,220
Total congregations: 31

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran Church
Adherents4,876 (39.9%)2,206 (18.1%)1,762 (14.4%)1,372 (11.2%)861 (7.0%)
Congregations6 (19.4%)4 (12.9%)8 (25.8%)2 (6.5%)2 (6.5%)
NameAssemblies of GodEpiscopal ChurchChurches of ChristPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents418 (3.4%)371 (3.0%)185 (1.5%)120 (1.0%)49 (0.4%)
Congregations1 (3.2%)2 (6.5%)3 (9.7%)1 (3.2%)2 (6.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Austin County - Sealy, Bellville, West End, Wallis, San Felipe

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Austin County:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
This county:

4.90 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Austin County:

4.15 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.9%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.4%
Texas:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Austin County:

12.1%
State:

15.7%


Agriculture in Austin County:

Average size of farms: 176 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $11,524
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $97.03
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.86%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 76.40%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $16,632
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 15.91%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 5.47%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $31,625
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.33%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 24.88
Corn for grain: 4701 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 2998 harvested acres
Vegetables: 21 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 840 acres

Tornado activity:

Austin County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Texas state average. It is 1.2 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 1/31/1983, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Austin County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, Fires: 3, Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (4%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (4%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Austin County (%):





Austin County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 8,435 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 1,403 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 8 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 1 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 7 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 17 (0%)
  • Walked: 170 (2%)
  • Other means: 102 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 430 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Austin County, Texas in 2000:

People in group quarters in Austin County, Texas in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $50,998.

8.14% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($42,127 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.14%
Texas average:

8.37%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.52% relocated from other counties in Texas ($35,453 average AGI)
1.63% relocated from other states ($6,673 average AGI)
Austin County:

1.63%
Texas average:

3.06%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Harris County, TX  2.13% ($54,643 average AGI)
from Fort Bend County, TX  1.02% ($48,713)
from Waller County, TX  0.42% ($27,872)
from Washington County, TX  0.40% ($27,378)
from Colorado County, TX  0.30% ($34,071)
from Wharton County, TX  0.13% ($12,333)
from Brazoria County, TX  0.12% ($17,000)


7.68% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($34,734 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.68%
Texas average:

7.44%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.50% relocated to other counties in Texas ($29,438 average AGI)
1.18% relocated to other states ($5,298 average AGI)
Austin County:

1.18%
Texas average:

2.17%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Harris County, TX  2.43% ($34,614 average AGI)
to Fort Bend County, TX  0.75% ($42,290)
to Washington County, TX  0.52% ($31,896)
to Waller County, TX  0.47% ($31,581)
to Colorado County, TX  0.38% ($28,400)
to Bexar County, TX  0.14% ($28,231)
to Brazos County, TX  0.12% ($34,545)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.6

Births per 1000 population in Austin County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Austin County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Austin County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,158 (3,789 aged, 369 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.88
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3406.980
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 96.9
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 14248.06

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1332.160
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1171.380
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.66

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 17.07
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 76.56

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 19.14

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 194.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 137.3
  • Other - 57.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 28,205

Size of family households: 3,578 2-persons, 1,648 3-persons, 1,442 4-persons, 729 5-persons, 284 6-persons, 185 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,536 1-person, 364 2-persons, 40 3-persons, 17 4-persons, 9 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

82.9% of residents of Austin County speak English at home.
13.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
3.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $503,700,000 ($19523 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $375,912,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $61,025,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $32,787,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,174,000
Federal grants: $25,914,000
Federal procurement contracts: $374,535,000 ($371,833,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $7,264,000 ($1,817,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,442,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,952,000
Federal Government insurance: $52,739,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,748
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,405
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +326
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,920
Here:

+73 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Austin County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.43 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Austin County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 33
  • 2 rooms: 112
  • 3 rooms: 312
  • 4 rooms: 720
  • 5 rooms: 1,552
  • 6 rooms: 1,749
  • 7 rooms: 1,105
  • 8 rooms: 587
  • 9+ rooms: 584
  • 1 room: 48
  • 2 rooms: 237
  • 3 rooms: 248
  • 4 rooms: 547
  • 5 rooms: 429
  • 6 rooms: 316
  • 7 rooms: 105
  • 8 rooms: 51
  • 9+ rooms: 12
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Austin County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 61
  • 1 bedroom: 282
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,730
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,664
  • 4 bedrooms: 880
  • 5+ bedrooms: 137
  • no bedroom: 64
  • 1 bedroom: 457
  • 2 bedrooms: 882
  • 3 bedrooms: 540
  • 4 bedrooms: 48
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2
Cars and other vehicles available in Austin County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 337
  • 1 vehicle: 1,582
  • 2 vehicles: 3,020
  • 3 vehicles: 1,266
  • 4 vehicles: 458
  • 5+ vehicles: 91
  • no vehicle: 298
  • 1 vehicle: 899
  • 2 vehicles: 650
  • 3 vehicles: 132
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

59% of Austin County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 45% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 85% lived in Texas.

Austin County:

59.1%
State average:

51.6%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $47,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Austin County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (50.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.3%)
  • Utility gas (21.8%)
  • Wood (1.9%)
  • Electricity (58.5%)
  • Utility gas (24.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.6%)
  • Wood (0.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 136
Here:

4.7%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 89
Here:

5.2%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 55
Here:

9.6%
Texas:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Austin County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Austin County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Austin County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Austin County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Austin County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Austin County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Austin County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John15677.0 years
Mary14381.0 years
Willie10477.0 years
Joe9577.6 years
William9574.6 years
Frank9378.5 years
James9074.2 years
Annie7981.4 years
Robert7672.9 years
Charles7077.7 years
Most common last names in Austin County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson5974.2 years
Smith5675.2 years
Williams4176.8 years
Jackson3875.8 years
Harris3373.5 years
Schroeder3381.8 years
Remmert3181.6 years
Miller3080.3 years
Jones2972.9 years
Brown2678.6 years
Businesses in Austin County, TX
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's1
Ace Hardware2Pizza Hut2
CVS1SONIC Drive-In2
Cricket Wireless1Sears1
Curves2Subway4
Domino's Pizza1Super 81
FedEx3U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS3
Holiday Inn1Walgreens1
Jack In The Box1Walmart1
MasterBrand Cabinets2
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