Matagorda County Profile

Compiled by
The County Information Program, Texas Association of Counties

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POPULATION (Census Bureau)
County Population     «History Chart»   «Population Projection Chart»   «Group Quarters»   «Census 2020 Redistricting Data (county level only)»
Estimate 2023:36,359More data
Estimate 2022:36,122 
Estimate 2021:36,339 
Census 2020: See note at the bottom of the page.36,255More data
Census 2010:36,702More data
Census 2000:37,957More data
Population of the County Seat (Bay City)
Census 2020:18,061 
Census 2010:17,614 
Census 2000:18,667 
Note: City and town populations include only those parts of each place found within this county. Use our «Town & City Search» to find the total population of each place.
Bay City city:17,561More data
Palacios city:4,374More data
County Size in Square Miles (Census Bureau)
Land Area:1,092.9More data
Water Area:519.6More data
Total Area:1,612.5More data
Population Density Per Square Mile
2020:33.17More data
Urban and Rural Population of the County, 2020 (Census Bureau)
Percent Urban:53.26More data
Percent Rural:46.74More data
Ethnicity - 2022 (Census Bureau)     «Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin»
Percent Hispanic:45.5%More data
Race - 2022 (Census Bureau)
Percent White Alone:83.7%More data
Percent African American Alone:10.7%More data
Percent American Indian and Alaska Native Alone:1.4%More data
Percent Asian Alone:1.9%More data
Percent Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone:0.2%More data
Percent Multi-Racial:2.1%More data
Race and Ethnicity - 2022 (Census Bureau)
Percent Not Hispanic White Alone:41.4%More data
Percent Not Hispanic African American Alone:9.8%More data
Age - 2022 (Census Bureau Estimates)     «Age Groups Chart»
17 and Under:26.1%More data
65 and Older:17.9%More data
85 and Older:1.9%More data
Median Age:37.6More data
Per Capita Income - 2022 (BEA):     «Per Capita Income History Chart»$50,360More data
Total Personal Income - 2022 (BEA):$1,819,272,000More data
Median Household Income - 2022 (Census Bureau):     «Median Household Income History Chart»$58,380More data
Poverty - 2022 (Census Bureau)     «Poverty Chart»
Percent of Population in Poverty:19.9%More data
Percent of Population under 18 in Poverty:27.2%More data
Educational Attainment (Census Bureau, 2018-2022 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate)     «ACS 5-Year Estimates, S1501, Educational Attainment 🗗»
Percent high school graduate and higher, Age 25 and over:81.5% 
Percent bachelor's degree or higher, Age 25 and over:20.9% 
Pay (BLS)     «Pay History Chart»
Average Annual Pay - 2023:$65,598More data
Average Annual Pay - 2022:$63,064 
Average Annual Pay - 2021:$60,266 
Average Annual Pay - 2020:$58,305 
Average Annual Pay - 2019:$56,298 
Annual Unemployment Rate, Not Adjusted (Texas Workforce Commission)     «Unemployment History Chart»
Unemployment Rate - 2023:5.4More data
Unemployment Rate - 2022:6.0 
Unemployment Rate - 2021:8.1 
Unemployment Rate - 2020:10.5 
Unemployment Rate - 2019:5.7 
COUNTY FINANCES (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts)
Property Taxes - 2022
Total County Tax Rate:     «Detailed Tax Rates»   «Tax Rate History with Chart»$0.385320More data
Total Market Value:     «Values and Levies»   «Levy History with Chart»$9,742,281,627More data
Total Appraised Value Available for County Taxation:$5,893,137,985More data
Total Actual Levy:$22,707,439More data
For property tax information about a specific property, contact the Appraisal District.
Sales Tax Allocation History
CY 2023:N/AMore data
CY 2022:N/A 
CY 2021:N/A 
CY 2020:N/A 
CY 2019:N/A 
Centerline Miles - 2022
IH Highways:0.000More data
US Highways:0.000More data
State Highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Routes:98.906More data
Farm or Ranch to Market Roads and Spurs:220.798More data
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads:0.000More data
Frontage Roads:0.000More data
On-System Subtotal:319.704More data
City Streets:143.152More data
Certified County Roads:586.902More data
Toll Road Authority Roads:0.000More data
Federal Roads:0.388More data
Off-System Subtotal:730.442More data
Center Line Miles: County Total:1,050.146More data
Lane Miles - 2022
IH Highways:0.000More data
US Highways:0.000More data
State Highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Routes:267.386More data
Farm or Ranch to Market Roads and Spurs:442.747More data
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads:0.000More data
Frontage Roads:0.000More data
On-System Subtotal:710.133More data
City Streets:286.304More data
Certified County Roads:1,173.804More data
Toll Road Authority Roads:0.000More data
Federal Roads:0.776More data
Off-System Subtotal:1,460.884More data
County Total:2,171.017More data
Miles Travelled on County Roads     «Mileage History with Chart»
County Business Patterns (Census Bureau):     «CBP 2021»
Gross Domestic Product (BEA):     «GDP 2022»
County Agricultural Profile (USDA):     «Census of Agriculture 2017 🗗»     «2017 County Profile 🗗»
State & County QuickFacts (Census Bureau):     «Matagorda County QuickFacts 🗗»
State & County Narrative Profiles (Census Bureau):     «Narrative Profiles 🗗»
County History (Handbook of Texas Online):     «Matagorda County History 🗗»
Texas Almanac (Texas State Historical Association):     «Matagorda County 🗗»

Special Districts in Matagorda County.
School Districts in Matagorda County.
History of City Tax Rates in Matagorda County.

Airports in Matagorda County.
Hospitals in Matagorda County.
Prisons in Matagorda County.