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Gonzales County, Texas (TX)


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County population in 2012: 20,045 (35% urban, 65% rural); it was 18,628 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,997
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,846
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,691
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,277 (it was 2,091 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

36%

Land area: 1068 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 19 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Gonzales County: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (18.8%), Educational,health and social services (17.2%), Manufacturing (14.6%), Retail trade (11.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Gonzales County, Texas:


Median resident age:  37.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years

Males: 9,959  (46.6%)
Females: 9,848  (53.4%)

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Gonzales County,TX real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Gonzales County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $34,287 ($28,368 in 1999)
This county:

$34287
Texas:

$48259

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $294 (lower quartile is $188, upper quartile is $415)
This county:

$294
State:

$632


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $78,718 (it was $50,700 in 2000)
Gonzales County:

$78,718
Texas:

$125,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $40,279 - $166,120

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $180,917
Here:

$180,917
State:

$177,060

Townhouses or other attached units: $372,615
Here:

$372,615
State:

$170,403

Mobile homes: $54,030
Here:

$54,030
State:

$42,156

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $20,194
Here:

$20,194
State:

$34,447
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,110
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $277

Institutionalized population: 290

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):


Gonzales County, TX map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,311 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $946 (1.4%)


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


Gonzales County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 19.9%
(11.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.1% for Black residents, 27.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.7% for other race residents, 34.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 37 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

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

18.6%
Whole state:

15.4%

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

6.7%
Whole state:

6.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Gonzales County is $378 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $704 a month.

Cities in this county include: Gonzales, Nixon, Waelder, Smiley.

Gonzales County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Gonzales County: DuBose Ranch Headquarters (A), Abercrombie Ranch (B), Quien Sabe Ranch (C), Wells Ranch (D), Kennard House (E), Luling Public Library (F), Pioneer Village (G), Belmont Volunteer Fire Department (H), Gonzales Warm Springs Rehabilitation Foundation (I), Braches House (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Gonzales County include: Princeville Church (A), Saint James Church (B), Saint Luke Church (C), Saint Union Church (D), Saturn Church (E), Pilgrim Church (F), Williams Chapel (G), Camp Valley Church (H), Clark Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Terrysville Cemetery (1), Andrews Chapel Cemetery (2), Antioch Cemetery (3), Askey Cemetery (4), Billings Cemetery (5), Watson Cemetery (6), Burrls Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Bailey Lake (A), Pilgrim Lake (B), Jones Lake (C), Horseshoe Lake (D), Rinehart Lake (E), Mooney Lake (F), Long Lake (G), Wood Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Board Branch (A), Williams Creek (B), Watson Creek (C), Vanham Creek (D), Valley Branch (E), Turkey Creek (F), Thompson Branch (G), Talley Branch (H), Sulphur Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Gonzales County include: Independence Park (1), Gonzales Memorial Park (2), Palmetto State Park (3), M O Neasloney Wildlife Management Area (4), Palmetto State Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Caldwell County , DeWitt County , Fayette County , Guadalupe County , Karnes County , Lavaca County , Wilson County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 312
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 62.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,047 (34% naturalized citizens)

Gonzales County:

11.0%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 74.8%

Gonzales County marital status for males
Gonzales County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Gonzales County with a mortgage: 996 (31 second mortgage, 78 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,629

Here:

37.9% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 58.43%
Here58.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 10,885
Total congregations: 41

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents3,936 (36.2%)3,934 (36.1%)1,909 (17.5%)403 (3.7%)234 (2.1%)
Congregations3 (7.3%)13 (31.7%)12 (29.3%)1 (2.4%)3 (7.3%)
NameChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Episcopal ChurchAssemblies of GodChurches of ChristOther
Adherents139 (1.3%)117 (1.1%)107 (1.0%)92 (0.8%)14 (0.1%)
Congregations1 (2.4%)1 (2.4%)3 (7.3%)2 (4.9%)2 (4.9%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Gonzales County - Gonzales, Nixon, Waelder, Smiley

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.05 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
This county:

8.40 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
Gonzales County:

6.83 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.1%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.0%
Texas:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Gonzales County:

18.7%
State:

15.7%


Agriculture in Gonzales County:

Average size of farms: 383 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $152,849
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $403.02
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 6.61%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 92.19%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $121,601
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 7.73%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 4.04%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $36,562
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.47%
Average age of principal farm operators: 60 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 23.25
Corn for grain: 7082 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 66 harvested acres
Vegetables: 232 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 6,926 acres

Tornado activity:

Gonzales County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Texas state average. It is 1.2 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 9/20/1967, a tornado injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Gonzales County-area historical earthquake activity is above Texas state average. It is 92% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/9/1993 at 12:29:19, a magnitude 4.3 (4.1 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 58.1 miles away from the county center
On 4/7/2008 at 09:51:12, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, 3.9 MW, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 48.9 miles away from the county center
On 7/20/1991 at 23:38:19, a magnitude 3.6 (3.4 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 49.8 miles away from the county center
On 5/16/1993 at 15:30:19, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 60.0 miles away from Gonzales County center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


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

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 5, Floods: 4, Hurricanes: 4, Fires: 3, Tornadoes: 2 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Food (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (3%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Food (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)

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




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





Gonzales County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,550 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 1,516 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 3 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 13 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 15 (0%)
  • Walked: 335 (4%)
  • Other means: 76 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 291 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,741.

5.44% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,587 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.44%
Texas average:

8.37%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.71% relocated from other counties in Texas ($26,511 average AGI)
0.73% relocated from other states ($4,079 average AGI)
Gonzales County:

0.73%
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 Guadalupe County, TX  0.69% ($21,048 average AGI)
from Bexar County, TX  0.48% ($35,862)
from Caldwell County, TX  0.40% ($31,750)
from Travis County, TX  0.36% ($21,182)
from Lavaca County, TX  0.28% ($18,235)
from Hays County, TX  0.21% ($34,462)
from Harris County, TX  0.18% ($38,455)


6.69% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,737 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.69%
Texas average:

7.44%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.92% relocated to other counties in Texas ($24,702 average AGI)
0.77% relocated to other states ($3,034 average AGI)
Gonzales County:

0.77%
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 Guadalupe County, TX  0.88% ($28,056 average AGI)
to Travis County, TX  0.75% ($22,696)
to Bexar County, TX  0.70% ($23,163)
to Caldwell County, TX  0.41% ($17,600)
to Lavaca County, TX  0.34% ($24,667)
to Harris County, TX  0.23% ($37,429)
to Hays County, TX  0.21% ($24,538)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.6

Births per 1000 population in Gonzales County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Gonzales County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Gonzales County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,370 (2,934 aged, 436 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.19
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7893.780
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 176.340
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30932.01

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1929.850
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1026.190
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.11

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 22.79
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 97

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.11

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 19,496

Size of family households: 2,056 2-persons, 1,045 3-persons, 965 4-persons, 558 5-persons, 237 6-persons, 227 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,776 1-person, 215 2-persons, 15 3-persons, 15 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 5 7-or-more-persons.

65.9% of residents of Gonzales County speak English at home.
33.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (93% speak English very well, 7% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $145,275,000 ($7535 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $22,559,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $50,753,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $27,072,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,009,000
Federal grants: $42,098,000
Federal procurement contracts: $716,000 ($4,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $23,626,000 ($19,847,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $332,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,321,000
Federal Government insurance: $25,999,000

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

Births: 1,697
Here:

87 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,020
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +361
Here:

+18 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -46
Here -2 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Gonzales County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.60 millions of gallons per day (47% from ground, 53% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Gonzales County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 27
  • 2 rooms: 117
  • 3 rooms: 338
  • 4 rooms: 708
  • 5 rooms: 1,418
  • 6 rooms: 950
  • 7 rooms: 671
  • 8 rooms: 250
  • 9+ rooms: 212
  • 1 room: 29
  • 2 rooms: 198
  • 3 rooms: 391
  • 4 rooms: 673
  • 5 rooms: 501
  • 6 rooms: 209
  • 7 rooms: 56
  • 8 rooms: 34
  • 9+ rooms: 0
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Gonzales County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 29
  • 1 bedroom: 338
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,365
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,491
  • 4 bedrooms: 415
  • 5+ bedrooms: 53
  • no bedroom: 52
  • 1 bedroom: 536
  • 2 bedrooms: 995
  • 3 bedrooms: 482
  • 4 bedrooms: 26
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Gonzales County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 271
  • 1 vehicle: 1,372
  • 2 vehicles: 2,035
  • 3 vehicles: 764
  • 4 vehicles: 195
  • 5+ vehicles: 54
  • no vehicle: 486
  • 1 vehicle: 975
  • 2 vehicles: 510
  • 3 vehicles: 92
  • 4 vehicles: 21
  • 5+ vehicles: 7

63% of Gonzales County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 61% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 83% lived in Texas.

Gonzales County:

63.2%
State average:

51.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $36,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Gonzales County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (57.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (20.8%)
  • Utility gas (19.5%)
  • Wood (0.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Electricity (42.8%)
  • Utility gas (36.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.2%)
  • Other fuel (1.7%)
  • No fuel used (1.5%)
  • Wood (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 94
Here:

3.8%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 39
Here:

3.3%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 40
Here:

13.8%
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

Gonzales County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Gonzales County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Gonzales County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Gonzales County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Gonzales 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 Gonzales County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John12876.2 years
Mary11379.4 years
William10976.8 years
James9673.6 years
Robert8771.7 years
Joe7574.5 years
Willie5476.8 years
Annie4982.6 years
Henry4978.3 years
Frank4774.8 years
Most common last names in Gonzales County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith8877.8 years
Johnson6775.3 years
Moore6477.3 years
Baker4576.0 years
Jones4280.3 years
Davis4080.3 years
Brown3977.2 years
Williams3378.3 years
Martinez3375.5 years
Miller3278.4 years
Businesses in Gonzales County, TX
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1La-Z-Boy1
AutoZone1McDonald's1
Best Western1Pizza Hut1
Cricket Wireless1SONIC Drive-In1
Curves1Subway1
Dairy Queen1U-Haul2
FedEx2UPS2
H&R Block1Walmart1
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