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Brazoria County, Texas

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Founded  1836
Largest city  Pearland
Time zone  Central: UTC-6/-5
Population  330,242 (2013)
Named for  Brazos River
Congressional districts  14th, 22nd
Area  4,136 km²
County seat  Angleton
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Website  www.brazoria-county.com
Colleges and Universities  Brazosport College, Alvin Community College
Rivers  Brazos River, Clear Creek, San Bernard River, Cow Creek
Points of interest  Jetty Park, Sea Center Texas, Centennial Park, Dad's Club, Independence Park
Destinations  Lake Jackson, Pearland, Freeport, Alvin, Surfside Beach

Brazoria County (/brəˈzɔəri.ə/ bra-ZOAR-ee-a) is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population of the county was 313,166. The county seat is Angleton.

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Map of Brazoria County, TX, USA

Brazoria County is included in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.

Regionally, parts of the county are within the extreme southernmost fringe of the regions locally known as Southeast Texas. Brazoria County is among a number of counties that are part of the region known as the Texas Coastal Bend. Its county seat is Angleton, and its largest city is Pearland. Brazoria County, like nearby Brazos County, takes its name from the Brazos River. The county also includes what was once Velasco, Texas, which was the first capital of the Republic of Texas. It served as the first settlement area for Anglo-Texas, when the Old Three Hundred immigrated from the United States in 1821.

History

Brazoria County, like Brazos County, takes its name from the Brazos River, which flows through it. Anglo-Texas began in Brazoria County when the first of Stephen F. Austin's authorized 300 American settlers arrived at the mouth of the Brazos River in 1821. Many of the events leading to the Texas Revolution developed in Brazoria County. In 1832, Brazoria was organized as a separate municipal district by the Mexican government, and so became one of Texas original counties at independence in 1836.

An early resident of Brazoria County, Joel Walter Robison, fought in the Texas Revolution and later represented Fayette County in the Texas House of Representatives.

Stephen F. Austin's original burial place is located at a church cemetery, Gulf Prairie Cemetery, in the town of Jones Creek, on what was his brother-in-law's "Peach Point Plantation". His remains were exhumed in 1910 and brought to be reinterred at the state capital in Austin. The town of West Columbia served as the first capital of Texas, dating back to pre-revolutionary days.

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Temple Lea Houston, youngest son of Sam Houston, was c. 1880 the county attorney of Brazoria County. His life story is reflected in the 1963 film The Man from Galveston and the 26-episode 1963-1964 NBC western television series, Temple Houston.

Lake Jackson is a community developed beginning in the early 1940s to provide housing to workers at a new Dow Chemical Company plant in nearby Freeport. The county has elements of both rural and suburban communities, as it is part of the Greater Houston area.

On June 2, 2016, the flooding of the Brazos River required evacuations for portions of Brazoria County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,609 square miles (4,170 km2), of which 1,358 square miles (3,520 km2) is land and 251 square miles (650 km2) (16%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Harris County (north)
  • Galveston County (northeast)
  • Matagorda County (southwest)
  • Wharton County (west)
  • Fort Bend County (northwest)
  • National protected areas

  • Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
  • San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Demographics

    As of the census of 2000, 241,767 people, 81,954 households, and 63,104 families resided in the county. The population density was 174 people per square mile (67/km²). There were 90,628 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.09% White, 8.50% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 2.00% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.63% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. About 22.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. About 12.1% were of German, 11.2% American and 7.2% English ancestry according to Census 2000. About 79.0% spoke only English at home, while 18.1% spoke Spanish.

    Of the 81,955 households, 40.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.00% were not families. About 19.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82, and the average family size was 3.23.

    In the county, the population was distributed as 28.60% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 107 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.4 males.

    The median income for a household in the county was $48,632, and for a family was $55,282. Males had a median income of $42,193 versus $27,728 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,021. About 8.1% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

    As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 313,166 people residing in the county. 70.1% were White, 12.1% Black or African American, 5.5% Asian, 0.6% Native American, 9.2% of some other race and 2.6% of more than one race. 27.7% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

    County representation

    The Brazoria County Jail is located at 3602 County Road 45 in unincorporated central Brazoria County, north of Angleton.

    State representation

    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates six state prisons for men and its Region III office in unincorporated Brazoria County. As of 2007,1,495 full-time correctional job positions were in the county. In 1995, of the counties in Texas, Brazoria had the second-highest number of state prisons and jails, after Walker County. In 2003, a total of 2,572 employees were employed at the six TDCJ facilities. The TDCJ units are:

  • Clemens Unit, near Brazoria
  • Darrington Unit, near Rosharon - The Windham School District Region III office is within the unit.
  • Wayne Scott Unit, near Angleton.
  • (The following 3 are co-located in Otey, near Rosharon.)

  • Ramsey Unit - The unit is co-located with Stringellow and Terrell. The TDCJ Region III Maintenance Headquarters is within this unit.
  • Stringfellow Unit, near Rosharon - The unit is co-located with Ramsey and Terrell. The unit was originally named Ramsey II Prison Unit.
  • C. T. Terrell Unit - The unit is co-located with Ramsey and Stringfellow. It was originally known as the Ramsey III Unit.
  • In 2007, TDCJ officials said discussions to move the Central Unit from Sugar Land to Brazoria County were preliminary.

    Texas House of Representatives

    Pearland native Kyle Kacal, a Republican from College Station, holds the District 12 state House seat based in Brazos and four neighboring counties.

    Education

    A variety of school districts serve Brazoria County students. They include:

  • Alvin ISD
  • Angleton ISD
  • Brazosport ISD
  • Columbia-Brazoria ISD
  • Danbury ISD
  • Damon ISD (K-8)
  • Pearland ISD
  • Sweeny ISD
  • Alvin Community College and Brazosport College serve as higher education facilities.

    The Brazoria County Library System has branches in Alvin, Angleton, Brazoria, Clute, Danbury, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Manvel, Pearland, Sweeny and West Columbia, and runs the Brazoria County Historical Museum.

    Major highways

  • State Highway 6
  • State Highway 35
  • State Highway 36
  • State Highway 288
  • Airports

    The Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, in central unincorporated Brazoria County, is the county's sole publicly owned airport.

    The following airports, located in the county, are privately owned and for public use:

  • Flyin' B Airport in western unincorporated Brazoria County
  • Skyway Manor Airport in Pearland
  • Pearland Regional Airport in eastern unincorporated Brazoria County south of the Pearland city limits
  • The closest airport with regularly scheduled commercial service is Houston's William P. Hobby Airport, located in southern Houston in adjacent Harris County. The Houston Airport System has stated that Brazoria County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County.

    Towns

  • Holiday Lakes
  • Quintana
  • Villages

  • Bailey's Prairie
  • Bonney
  • Hillcrest
  • Iowa Colony
  • Jones Creek
  • Census-designated places

  • Damon
  • Rosharon
  • Ryan Acres
  • Wild Peach Village
  • References

    Brazoria County, Texas Wikipedia


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