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Matagorda County, Texas (TX)

County population in 2014: 36,519 (64% urban, 36% rural); it was 37,957 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,014
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,234
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 9,287
Renter-occupied apartments: 4,646 (it was 4,614 in 2000)
% of renters here:

33%
State:

36%

Land area: 1114 sq. mi.

Water area: 497.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 33 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Matagorda County: 80.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (26.0%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (21.4%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (18.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (15.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 34%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Matagorda County, Texas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (47.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (38.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (11.1%)
  • Asian alone (1.9%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 18,271  (50.0%)
Females: 18,248  (50.0%)
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Matagorda County,TX real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Matagorda County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $42,871 ($32,174 in 1999)

This county:

$42871
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $459 (lower quartile is $290, upper quartile is $624)
This county:

$459
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $94,213 (it was $56,700 in 2000)
Matagorda:

$94,213
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $53,624 - $150,946

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $125,106
Here:

$125,106
State:

$188,898

Townhouses or other attached units: $137,293
Here:

$137,293
State:

$180,420

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $196,510
Here:

$196,510
State:

$130,946

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $79,035
Here:

$79,035
State:

$183,324

Mobile homes: $50,016
Here:

$50,016
State:

$60,009

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $25,109
Here:

$25,109
State:

$67,181
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,123
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $353

Institutionalized population: 395

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 3
  • Assaults: 33
  • Burglaries: 126
  • Thefts: 202
  • Auto thefts: 11

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

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 5
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 33
  • Burglaries: 88
  • Thefts: 202
  • Auto thefts: 24
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 120 buildings, average cost: $144,800
  • 2008: 97 buildings, average cost: $129,700
  • 2009: 79 buildings, average cost: $162,400
  • 2010: 68 buildings, average cost: $154,900
  • 2011: 63 buildings, average cost: $114,000
  • 2012: 71 buildings, average cost: $149,800
  • 2013: 110 buildings, average cost: $146,200
  • 2014: 222 buildings, average cost: $113,600

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 2013: $1,777 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $972 (1.3%)

Matagorda County household income distribution in 2009 Matagorda County home values distribution Matagorda County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 21.4%
(14.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.5% for Black residents, 27.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 33.7% for American Indian residents, 12.3% for other race residents, 69.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.9%
Matagorda County:

20.9%
Texas:

17.5%
(14.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.8% for Black residents, 26.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 29.0% for American Indian residents, 11.6% for other race residents, 70.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 37 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49 years old, Black residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Asian residents: 26 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 43 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Matagorda County is $414 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $705 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bay City, Palacios, Tidehaven, Matagorda-Sargent, Van Vleck, Markham, Blessing, Matagorda.

Matagorda 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 Matagorda County: Cabeza Creek Refinery (A), Karnes City Refinery (B), Panna Maria Historic District (C), John Ruckman House (D), Kenedy Museum (E), Karnes County Museum at Old Helena (F), Saint Joseph School Museum (G), Runge Museum (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Matagorda County include: Elim Church (A), Gillett Church (B), Green Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Escondido Cemetery (1), Mueller Cemetery (2), Saint Mary Cemetery (3), Kennedy Cemetery (4), Kenedy Cemetery (5), Salt Creek Cemetery (6), Helena Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Horseshoe Lake (A), Conquista Project Tailings Pond (B), Korth Lake (C), Pawelek Lake Number 2 (D), Soil Conservation Service Site 6 Reservoir (E), Soil Conservation Service Site 7 Reservoir (F), Soil Conservation Service Site 1 Reservoir (G), Soil Conservation Service Site 8 Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Biala Creek (A), San Christoval Creek (B), Yates Creek (C), Salt Creek (D), Ojo de Agua Creek (E), McTennel Creek (F), Scared Dog Creek (G), Shockley Creek (H), Ecleto Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Brevard County, Florida , Calhoun County , Marion County, Florida , Sumter County, Florida , Volusia County, Florida , Fort Bend County , Jackson County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

7.0%
Texas:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 932
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 3,760 (28% naturalized citizens)

Matagorda County:

9.9%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 1,017
  • 1990 to 1994: 654
  • 1985 to 1989: 573
  • 1980 to 1984: 416
  • 1975 to 1979: 587
  • 1970 to 1974: 205
  • 1970 to 1974: 85
  • 1965 to 1969: 223

Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 75.8%

Matagorda County marital status for males Matagorda County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 12,451
  • One, attached: 279
  • Two: 294
  • 3 or 4: 839
  • 5 to 9: 577
  • 10 to 19: 440
  • 20 or more: 643
  • Mobile homes: 2,781
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 307

Housing units in Matagorda County with a mortgage: 3,216 (108 second mortgage, 238 home equity loan, 9 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,703

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Matagorda County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,79949
Catholic8,1437
Mainline Protestant2,84719
Black Protestant1,0607
Other3984
None14,455-
Matagorda County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Matagorda County:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
This county:

2.17 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 26
Matagorda County:

7.05 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 27
This county:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Matagorda County:

11.1%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Matagorda County:

28.1%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.8%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Matagorda County:

Average size of farms: 625 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $116,781
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $643.15
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 52.53%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 24.53%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $111,510
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 21.94%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 30.53%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $68,272
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.10%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 13.53
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.13%
Corn for grain: 7708 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 27156 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 8811 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 2,102 acres

Tornado activity:

Matagorda County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 9392138.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/25/1966, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Matagorda County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 89% 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 128.3 miles away from Matagorda County center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 360.1 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 122.8 miles away from the county center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi) earthquake occurred 453.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 403.2 miles away from Matagorda County center
On 3/24/1997 at 22:31:34, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 147.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • TexasHurricane Ike, Incident Period: September 7, 2008 to September 26, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3294): September 10, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3294, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Ike, Incident Period: September 7, 2008 to October 2, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1791): September 13, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1791, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 27, 2008 to September 7, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3290): August 29, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3290, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Dean, Incident Period: August 17, 2007 to September 5, 2007, Emergency Declared (EM-3277): August 18, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3277, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 23, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1606): September 24, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1606, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 20, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3261): September 21, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3261, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3216): September 2, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3216, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasHurricane Claudette, Incident Period: July 15, 2003 to July 28, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1479): July 17, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1479, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • TexasTropical Storm Fay, Incident Period: September 6, 2002 to September 30, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1434): September 26, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1434, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • TexasExtreme Fire Hazards, Incident Period: August 1, 1999 to December 10, 1999, Emergency Declared (EM-3142): September 1, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3142, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • 8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Matagorda County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 10, Storms: 5, Floods: 4, Tropical Storms: 2, Fire: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (19%)
  • Production occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (25%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)

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

  • Mexico (79%)
  • Vietnam (9%)
  • Philippines (1%)
  • Guatemala (1%)
  • Nicaragua (1%)
  • India (1%)
  • Germany (1%)

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

  • German (10%)
  • United States or American (8%)
  • English (5%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Czech (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)

Matagorda County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 11,060 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 2,855 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 21 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 19 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 8 (0%)
  • Taxi: 5 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 38 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 25 (0%)
  • Walked: 300 (2%)
  • Other means: 165 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 266 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


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

  • 300 people in nursing homes
  • 85 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 57 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 18 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 9 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 6 people in religious group quarters

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

  • 266 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 129 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 5 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $48,797.

5.92% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,014 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.92%
Texas average:

7.14%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.62% relocated from other counties in Texas ($25,382 average AGI)
1.30% relocated from other states ($7,632 average AGI)
Matagorda County:

1.30%
Texas average:

2.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Brazoria County, TX  0.83% ($33,912 average AGI)
from Harris County, TX  0.78% ($32,354)
from Wharton County, TX  0.49% ($35,317)
from Fort Bend County, TX  0.25% ($40,871)
from Travis County, TX  0.16% ($30,400)
from Victoria County, TX  0.15% ($26,222)
from Montgomery County, TX  0.13% ($23,750)


6.42% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($39,329 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.42%
Texas average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.26% relocated to other counties in Texas ($32,733 average AGI)
1.16% relocated to other states ($6,597 average AGI)
Matagorda County:

1.16%
Texas average:

2.01%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Brazoria County, TX  1.31% ($43,099 average AGI)
to Harris County, TX  0.93% ($34,544)
to Wharton County, TX  0.45% ($30,145)
to Fort Bend County, TX  0.44% ($99,926)
to Victoria County, TX  0.16% ($23,750)
to Galveston County, TX  0.13% ($40,938)
to Bexar County, TX  0.13% ($30,563)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.6

Births per 1000 population in Matagorda County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Matagorda County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Matagorda County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 25.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 13.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Matagorda County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Matagorda County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 5,605 (4,740 aged, 865 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,633 (16%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Matagorda County, Texas in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (478)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (379)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (375)
  • Congestive heart failure (217)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (198)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (190)
  • Unspecified dementia (173)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (138)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (130)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (114)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 22%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.25
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6686.440
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 220.520
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 45621.13

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1553.540
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 842.820
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 15.85

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 26.34
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 73.98

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.28

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 79.7. This is more than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 91.1. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 36,302
  • In family households: 31,393 (6,735 male householders, 2,940 female householders)
    7,058 spouses, 11,241 children (10,338 natural, 232 adopted, 671 stepchildren), 1,286 grandchildren, 368 brothers or sisters, 280 parents, 527 other relatives, 733 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 4,909 (2,200 male householders (1,866 living alone)), 2,019 female householders (1,804 living alone)), 690 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 400 (395 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 4,098 2-persons, 2,114 3-persons, 1,703 4-persons, 1,036 5-persons, 419 6-persons, 305 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 3,670 1-person, 468 2-persons, 48 3-persons, 18 4-persons, 7 5-persons, 5 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

7,470 married couples with children.
2,630 single-parent households (603 men, 2,027 women).

73.4% of residents of Matagorda County speak English at home.
23.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (83% speak English very well, 17% speak English well).
2.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (53% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (84% speak English very well, 16% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $216,919,000 ($5695 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $6,110,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $82,584,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $43,121,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $22,956,000
Federal grants: $59,434,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,740,000 ($2,567,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,084,000 ($410,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,674,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $11,868,000
Federal Government insurance: $409,161,000

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

Births: 2,800
Here:

74 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,997
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +863
Here:

+23 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,726
Here -46 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Matagorda County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.13 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 98
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,450
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,189
  • 1980 to 1989: 3,811
  • 1970 to 1979: 4,108
  • 1960 to 1969: 2,601
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,343
  • 1940 to 1949: 991
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,256
Rooms in houses/apartments in Matagorda County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 57
  • 2 rooms: 227
  • 3 rooms: 678
  • 4 rooms: 1,332
  • 5 rooms: 2,388
  • 6 rooms: 2,193
  • 7 rooms: 1,264
  • 8 rooms: 682
  • 9+ rooms: 466
  • 1 room: 160
  • 2 rooms: 401
  • 3 rooms: 908
  • 4 rooms: 1,443
  • 5 rooms: 1,094
  • 6 rooms: 359
  • 7 rooms: 152
  • 8 rooms: 36
  • 9+ rooms: 61
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Matagorda County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 70
  • 1 bedroom: 610
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,242
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,157
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,054
  • 5+ bedrooms: 154
  • no bedroom: 205
  • 1 bedroom: 1,221
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,018
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,063
  • 4 bedrooms: 83
  • 5+ bedrooms: 24
Cars and other vehicles available in Matagorda County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 449
  • 1 vehicle: 2,615
  • 2 vehicles: 4,383
  • 3 vehicles: 1,359
  • 4 vehicles: 409
  • 5+ vehicles: 72
  • no vehicle: 934
  • 1 vehicle: 2,184
  • 2 vehicles: 1,220
  • 3 vehicles: 237
  • 4 vehicles: 34
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

60% of Matagorda County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 66% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 79% lived in Texas.

Matagorda County:

60.3%
State average:

51.6%

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

  • This state: 28125
  • Northeast: 605
  • Midwest: 1519
  • South: 2678
  • West: 1044

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $43,900


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 Matagorda County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (45.1%)
  • Utility gas (38.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.1%)
  • Electricity (57.7%)
  • Utility gas (33.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 334
Here:

6.1%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 100
Here:

3.7%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 106
Here:

12.6%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Matagorda County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $4,133,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,795,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,796,000
    Police Protection: $1,879,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,551,000
    Health Services - Other: $1,090,000
    Financial Administration: $1,073,000
    General - Other: $829,000
    General Public Buildings: $405,000
    Central Staff Services: $369,000
    Parks & Recreation: $137,000
    Welfare - Other: $69,000
    Fire Protection: $42,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Libraries: $200,000
    General: $150,000
    Welfare: $54,000
    Parks & Recreation: $40,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $385,000
    Parks & Recreation: $258,000
    Police Protection: $100,000
    General Public Building: $74,000
    Fire Protection: $62,000
    Corrections - Other: $19,000
    Judicial: $12,000
    Health - Other: $12,000
    Financial Administration: $10,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $7,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $6,793,000

Matagorda County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $4,031,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,119,000
    Interest Earnings: $808,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,609,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,986,000
    NEC: $822,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $637,000

Matagorda County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $22,451,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 942
  • Number of aged recipients: 206
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 736
  • Number of recipients under 18: 132
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 516
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 294
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 400
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 356
Matagorda County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Matagorda County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Matagorda County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary20079.4 years
John19573.9 years
James19270.8 years
William17475.7 years
Robert15872.0 years
George10575.7 years
Charles9669.3 years
Frank8976.3 years
Willie7378.0 years
Thomas7272.4 years
Most common last names in Matagorda County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith11877.4 years
Brown10575.4 years
Johnson9576.0 years
Williams9374.1 years
Garcia6169.6 years
Davis5975.2 years
Jones5973.3 years
Rodriguez4366.0 years
Anderson3979.5 years
Taylor3878.7 years
Businesses in Matagorda County, TX
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lane Furniture1
Ace Hardware1Little Caesars Pizza1
Alco Stores1MasterBrand Cabinets2
AutoZone1McDonald's2
Best Western1Nike1
Blockbuster1Payless1
CVS1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1RadioShack1
Church's Chicken1SONIC Drive-In2
ColorTyme1Sears1
Cricket Wireless1Sprint Nextel1
DHL1Studio 61
Dairy Queen1Subway3
Domino's Pizza1T-Mobile2
Econo Lodge1Taco Bell1
FedEx4U-Haul4
H&R Block1UPS2
Holiday Inn1Vans1
KFC1Walgreens1
Knights Inn1Walmart1
La Quinta1