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Wharton County, Texas (TX)

County population in 2014: 41,168 (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. 2016 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 (38.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (16.1%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (14.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 42%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 53%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Wharton County, Texas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (47.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (37.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (13.7%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 20,235  (49.2%)
Females: 20,933  (50.8%)
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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 2013: $40,596 ($32,208 in 1999)

This county:

$40596
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $456 (lower quartile is $339, upper quartile is $574)
This county:

$456
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $97,899 (it was $56,700 in 2000)
Wharton:

$97,899
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $52,038 - $169,393
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,148
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $386

Institutionalized population: 306

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

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 8
  • Assaults: 59
  • Burglaries: 180
  • Thefts: 214
  • Auto thefts: 39

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 6
  • Assaults: 64
  • Burglaries: 242
  • Thefts: 192
  • Auto thefts: 39
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 50 buildings, average cost: $95,900
  • 2008: 31 buildings, average cost: $163,200
  • 2009: 13 buildings, average cost: $202,200
  • 2010: 12 buildings, average cost: $175,100
  • 2011: 10 buildings, average cost: $98,100
  • 2012: 15 buildings, average cost: $116,700
  • 2013: 87 buildings, average cost: $85,600
  • 2014: 19 buildings, average cost: $145,100

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: $2,259 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,447 (1.7%)

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 2013: 19.4%
(7.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 45.0% for Black residents, 24.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 17.7% for other race residents, 32.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.9%
Wharton County:

18.9%
Texas:

17.5%
(7.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 44.6% for Black residents, 23.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 88.5% for American Indian residents, 16.6% for other race residents, 32.4% 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: 47 years old, Black residents: 37 years old, American Indian residents: 19 years old, Asian residents: 46 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 48 years old)

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, Northeast Wharton, Newgulf, East Bernard, Boling-Iago, Boling, Louise, Hungerford, Iago.

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: Provident City Refinery (A), Wilcox Refinery (B), Light Chapel (C), Mont (D), Old Kinkler (E), Vsetin (F), Harrie P Woodson Memorial Library (G), Edwin Wolters Memorial Museum (H), Sweet Home Volunteer Fire Department (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Wharton County include: Saint Marys Church (A), Saint Paul Church (B), Vienna Church (C), Willow Spring Church (D), Pleasant Grove Church (E), Speaks Church (F), Solonsville Church (G), Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Queen of Peace (H), Church of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Mikeska Cemetery (1), Slavonic Cemetery (2), Allen Cemetery (3), Andrew Chapel Cemetery (4), Smoothingiron Cemetery (5), Austin Cemetery (6), Baursville Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Stockton Lake (A), Barnes Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bachelor Branch (A), Andrews Branch (B), Willow Creek (C), Turkey Pen Branch (D), Smothers Creek (E), Smoothingiron Branch (F), Sandy Branch (G), Robinson Branch (H), Rickaway Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Jefferson Parish, Louisiana , St. James Parish, Louisiana , St. Martin Parish, Louisiana , Volusia County, Florida , Fort Bend County , Karnes County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.5%
Texas:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 827
  • 1990 to 1994: 398
  • 1985 to 1989: 368
  • 1980 to 1984: 412
  • 1975 to 1979: 350
  • 1970 to 1974: 85
  • 1970 to 1974: 94
  • 1965 to 1969: 190

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:

  • One, detached: 12,458
  • One, attached: 240
  • Two: 257
  • 3 or 4: 342
  • 5 to 9: 300
  • 10 to 19: 250
  • 20 or more: 721
  • Mobile homes: 2,011
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 27

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Wharton County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic18,11010
Evangelical Protestant10,55048
Mainline Protestant3,32916
Black Protestant1,1697
Other3343
None7,788-
Wharton 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: 8
Wharton County:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 10
This county:

2.46 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 30
Wharton County:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 23
This county:

5.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Wharton County:

10.3%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Wharton County:

30.5%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 significantly below Texas state average. It is 2929422.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 16 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 9/20/1967, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wharton County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 88% 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 121.0 miles away from Wharton 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 114.0 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 436.7 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 376.2 miles away from the county center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 376.4 miles away from Wharton 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 114.6 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
  • 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
  • TexasSevere Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes, Incident Period: October 17, 1998 to November 15, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1257): October 21, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1257, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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, Fires: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Tropical Storm: 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 (21%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (23%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (20%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)

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

  • Mexico (86%)
  • El Salvador (2%)
  • Other South Central Asia (1%)
  • Canada (1%)
  • United Kingdom (1%)
  • Vietnam (1%)
  • India (1%)

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

  • Czech (13%)
  • German (11%)
  • United States or American (7%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • English (3%)
  • Czechoslovakian (1%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)

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:

  • 260 people in nursing homes
  • 132 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 107 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 92 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 53 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 45 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 27 people in other group homes
  • 14 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 11 people in religious group quarters
  • 4 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 2 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere

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

  • 218 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 88 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 72 people in college/university student housing
  • 21 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 21 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 20 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 9 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $47,239.

4.80% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,181 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.80%
Texas average:

7.14%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.14% relocated from other counties in Texas ($30,738 average AGI)
0.66% relocated from other states ($4,442 average AGI)
Wharton County:

0.66%
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 Fort Bend County, TX  1.03% ($36,868 average AGI)
from Harris County, TX  0.78% ($34,878)
from Matagorda County, TX  0.38% ($30,145)
from Brazoria County, TX  0.23% ($31,676)
from Colorado County, TX  0.16% ($23,833)
from Victoria County, TX  0.14% ($36,238)
from Jackson County, TX  0.11% ($30,500)


5.58% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,330 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.58%
Texas average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.12% relocated to other counties in Texas ($29,718 average AGI)
0.45% relocated to other states ($2,612 average AGI)
Wharton County:

0.45%
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 Fort Bend County, TX  1.06% ($34,385 average AGI)
to Harris County, TX  1.03% ($29,592)
to Matagorda County, TX  0.41% ($35,317)
to Colorado County, TX  0.24% ($34,571)
to Victoria County, TX  0.23% ($30,882)
to Brazoria County, TX  0.22% ($31,813)
to Jackson County, TX  0.15% ($37,409)

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 from 2007 to 2014: 9.7

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

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 26.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 15.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Wharton County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Wharton County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,472 (5,595 aged, 877 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,963 (18%)

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 Wharton County, Texas in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (489)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (369)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (357)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (211)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (201)
  • Unspecified dementia (195)
  • Congestive heart failure (162)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (161)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (150)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (146)

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
  • In family households: 35,757 (7,507 male householders, 3,313 female householders)
    7,809 spouses, 12,933 children (11,863 natural, 305 adopted, 765 stepchildren), 1,655 grandchildren, 392 brothers or sisters, 300 parents, 633 other relatives, 903 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 5,074 (1,988 male householders (1,632 living alone)), 2,324 female householders (2,086 living alone)), 762 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 449 (306 institutionalized population)

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.

7,751 married couples with children.
2,520 single-parent households (602 men, 1,918 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 190
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,601
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,278
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,325
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,912
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,990
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,293
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,916
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,695
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:

  • This state: 35131
  • Northeast: 244
  • Midwest: 862
  • South: 1571
  • West: 503

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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Wharton County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - General: $616,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $5,701,000
    Police Protection: $2,068,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,808,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,785,000
    Financial Administration: $1,055,000
    Libraries: $731,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $556,000
    Central Staff Services: $531,000
    General Public Buildings: $338,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $267,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $184,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $156,000
    Welfare - Other: $74,000
    General - Other: $1,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $163,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $8,795,000

Wharton County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $1,021,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Highways: $250,000
    All Other: $227,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $94,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,183,000
    Interest Earnings: $432,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $242,000
    Public Welfare: $150,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,611,000
    Total General Sales: $1,558,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $726,000
    NEC: $22,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $17,000

Wharton County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $3,150,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $2,975,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $175,000

Wharton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $3,600,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $0

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,054
  • Number of aged recipients: 219
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 835
  • Number of recipients under 18: 142
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 561
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 351
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 472
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 389
Wharton County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Wharton 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 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
Chevrolet3Pizza Hut2
Church's Chicken2RadioShack2
ColorTyme1SONIC Drive-In3
Cricket Wireless2Subway6
Dairy Queen1Super 81
Domino's Pizza1T-Mobile2
FedEx5Taco Bell1
H&R Block2True Value1
Holiday Inn1U-Haul4
Jack In The Box1UPS4
KFC2Walgreens1
Kincaid1Walmart2
La-Z-Boy1