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Wharton County, Texas (TX)


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County population in 2012: 41,285 (50% urban, 50% rural); it was 41,188 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,567
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,736
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 10,176
Renter-occupied apartments: 4,829 (it was 4,623 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

36%

Land area: 1090 sq. mi.
Water area: 4.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 38 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Wharton County: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (24.1%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (11.5%), Manufacturing (11.1%), Retail trade (10.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Wharton County, Texas:


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

Males: 20,291  (49.1%)
Females: 20,989  (50.9%)

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Wharton County,TX real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Wharton County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,929 ($32,208 in 1999)
This county:

$38929
Texas:

$48259

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $410 (lower quartile is $299, upper quartile is $513)
This county:

$410
State:

$632


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $86,653 (it was $56,700 in 2000)
Wharton County:

$86,653
Texas:

$125,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $50,215 - $154,085

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $162,903
Here:

$162,903
State:

$177,060

Townhouses or other attached units: $449,441
Here:

$449,441
State:

$170,403

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $268,502
Here:

$268,502
State:

$168,745

Mobile homes: $37,593
Here:

$37,593
State:

$42,156

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $42,719
Here:

$42,719
State:

$34,447
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,279
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $332

Institutionalized population: 306

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):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,434 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $933 (1.4%)


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


Wharton County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 16.7%
(7.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.7% for Black residents, 23.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.6% for American Indian residents, 18.6% for other race residents, 30.9% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 37 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 39 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

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

16.5%
Whole state:

15.4%

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

6.8%
Whole state:

6.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Wharton County is $436 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $484 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $640 a month.

Cities in this county include: El Campo, Wharton, East Bernard, Boling-Iago, Louise, Hungerford, Newgulf, Northeast Wharton.

Wharton 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 Wharton County: Lakeview Meter Station (A), Meeks Camp (B), Radio Astronomical Observatory (C), Tres Palacios School (D), Pierce Pumping Station (E), Oakcrest Camp (F), Spanish Camp (G), Joseph Andrew Hamilton House (H), College Station Public Library System Building (I), Wharton County Historical Museum (J), Egypt Plantation Museum (K), Danevang Volunteer Fire Department (L). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Wharton County include: Prairie Grove Church (A), Saint Luke Church (B), Bethlehem Church (C), Sandies Church (D), Red Hill Church (E), Danevang Church (F), East Gate Church (G), Little Zion Church (H), Saint Andrews Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Czech National Cemetery (1), Mackay Cemetery (2), Camp Zion Cemetery (3), Little Zion Cemetery (4), Oaklawn Memorial Park (5), Old Jerusalem Cemetery (6), Elm Grove Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Neal Lake (A), Dornak Lake (B), Halfmoon Lake (C), Manso Lake (D), Twin Basin (E), Northington Lake (F), Rockin Ranch Lake (G), New Gulf Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Baughman Slough (A), Turkey Slough (B), West Bernard Creek (C), West Turkey Creek (D), Sandy Branch (E), Bosque Creek (F), Middle Bernard Creek (G), Eagle Branch (H), Gum Tree Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Wharton County: Croom Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Austin County , Brazoria County , Colorado County , Fort Bend County , Jackson County , Matagorda County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 1,417
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 69.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,724 (25% naturalized citizens)

Wharton County:

6.6%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 73.5%

Wharton County marital status for males
Wharton County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Wharton County with a mortgage: 3,381 (41 second mortgage, 207 home equity loan, 8 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,324

Here:

43.9% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 76.88%
Here76.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 31,666
Total congregations: 61

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaChurches of Christ
Adherents19,073 (60.2%)6,447 (20.4%)2,277 (7.2%)1,106 (3.5%)610 (1.9%)
Congregations10 (16.4%)15 (24.6%)9 (14.8%)4 (6.6%)4 (6.6%)
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Lutheran ChurchAssemblies of GodChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Other
Adherents571 (1.8%)336 (1.1%)307 (1.0%)182 (0.6%)757 (2.4%)
Congregations2 (3.3%)1 (1.6%)5 (8.2%)2 (3.3%)9 (14.8%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Wharton County - El Campo, Wharton, East Bernard, Boling-Iago, Louise

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
This county:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 10
Wharton County:

2.46 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 30
This county:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 23
Wharton County:

5.65 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.3%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.5%
Texas:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Wharton County:

19.6%
State:

15.7%


Agriculture in Wharton County:

Average size of farms: 415 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $95,169
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $333.88
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 18.49%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 32.18%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $86,514
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 46.60%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 28.33%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $67,452
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.40%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.86
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.13%
Corn for grain: 48423 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 72431 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 19226 harvested acres
Vegetables: 221 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 2,717 acres

Tornado activity:

Wharton County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is above Texas state average. It is 2.8 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 18 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 9/20/1967, a tornado killed one person and injured one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Wharton County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 7, Storms: 4, Floods: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Fires: 2, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (6%)
  • Plastics and rubber products (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3%)

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




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





Wharton County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 13,543 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 2,615 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 14 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 8 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 38 (0%)
  • Walked: 321 (2%)
  • Other means: 310 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 507 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $43,122.

5.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,493 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.03%
Texas average:

8.37%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.14% relocated from other counties in Texas ($27,250 average AGI)
0.90% relocated from other states ($5,243 average AGI)
Wharton County:

0.90%
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 Fort Bend County, TX  0.87% ($36,154 average AGI)
from Harris County, TX  0.78% ($27,404)
from Matagorda County, TX  0.41% ($34,035)
from Brazoria County, TX  0.23% ($29,333)
from Colorado County, TX  0.21% ($29,500)
from Jackson County, TX  0.18% ($32,920)
from Victoria County, TX  0.15% ($39,429)


6.05% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,616 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.05%
Texas average:

7.44%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.32% relocated to other counties in Texas ($30,607 average AGI)
0.73% relocated to other states ($3,009 average AGI)
Wharton County:

0.73%
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 Fort Bend County, TX  1.22% ($40,805 average AGI)
to Harris County, TX  1.05% ($35,074)
to Matagorda County, TX  0.47% ($29,657)
to Colorado County, TX  0.24% ($22,000)
to Victoria County, TX  0.23% ($29,667)
to Brazoria County, TX  0.23% ($28,969)
to Travis County, TX  0.16% ($36,783)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.8

Births per 1000 population in Wharton County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Wharton County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Wharton County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,315 (5,636 aged, 679 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.81
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11693.99
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 379.860
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 37543.88

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1790.440
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1073.300
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.22

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 47.34
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 69.79

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.22

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 104.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 80.1
  • Other - 24.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 40,831

Size of family households: 4,237 2-persons, 2,511 3-persons, 2,112 4-persons, 1,127 5-persons, 468 6-persons, 365 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 3,718 1-person, 505 2-persons, 43 3-persons, 27 4-persons, 9 5-persons, 8 6-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

73.3% of residents of Wharton County speak English at home.
23.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
2.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (77% speak English very well, 23% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $272,006,000 ($6540 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,932,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $92,085,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $61,633,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $43,531,000
Federal grants: $61,805,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,319,000 ($51,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $9,633,000 ($3,682,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,840,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $12,726,000
Federal Government insurance: $243,089,000

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

Births: 3,426
Here:

82 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,170
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +688
Here:

+17 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,516
Here -36 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Wharton County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.98 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Wharton County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 21
  • 2 rooms: 170
  • 3 rooms: 535
  • 4 rooms: 1,138
  • 5 rooms: 2,660
  • 6 rooms: 2,438
  • 7 rooms: 1,834
  • 8 rooms: 773
  • 9+ rooms: 607
  • 1 room: 184
  • 2 rooms: 415
  • 3 rooms: 861
  • 4 rooms: 1,235
  • 5 rooms: 986
  • 6 rooms: 551
  • 7 rooms: 248
  • 8 rooms: 88
  • 9+ rooms: 55
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Wharton County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 37
  • 1 bedroom: 474
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,458
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,799
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,292
  • 5+ bedrooms: 116
  • no bedroom: 207
  • 1 bedroom: 1,132
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,994
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,088
  • 4 bedrooms: 197
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5
Cars and other vehicles available in Wharton County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 439
  • 1 vehicle: 3,208
  • 2 vehicles: 4,436
  • 3 vehicles: 1,540
  • 4 vehicles: 449
  • 5+ vehicles: 104
  • no vehicle: 968
  • 1 vehicle: 2,200
  • 2 vehicles: 1,165
  • 3 vehicles: 205
  • 4 vehicles: 53
  • 5+ vehicles: 32

63% of Wharton County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 67% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 81% lived in Texas.

Wharton 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: $38,100


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 Wharton County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (43.1%)
  • Utility gas (35.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.3%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)
  • Electricity (50.8%)
  • Utility gas (34.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 377
Here:

6.7%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 54
Here:

1.7%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 46
Here:

3.7%
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

Wharton County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Wharton County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Wharton County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Wharton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Wharton 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 Wharton County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary30380.0 years
John25876.8 years
Joe17976.2 years
Frank17577.7 years
Annie14482.3 years
James14272.5 years
Willie13675.1 years
Robert12872.0 years
William12275.6 years
George11576.5 years
Most common last names in Wharton County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams10274.1 years
Johnson9475.7 years
Smith7774.9 years
Jackson6679.0 years
Orsak6479.3 years
Brown6374.1 years
Garcia6171.9 years
Miller5575.2 years
Moore4672.4 years
Rodriguez4571.3 years
Businesses in Wharton County, TX
NameCountNameCount
AT&T4Lane Furniture3
AutoZone1Little Caesars Pizza1
Best Western1McDonald's3
Blockbuster1Nike2
CVS1Payless1
Church's Chicken2Pizza Hut2
ColorTyme1RadioShack2
Cricket Wireless2SONIC Drive-In3
Dairy Queen1Subway6
Domino's Pizza1Super 81
FedEx5T-Mobile2
H&R Block2Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn1True Value1
Jack In The Box1U-Haul4
KFC2UPS4
Kincaid1Walgreens1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart2
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