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Austin County is a county located in the state of Texas. As of 2000, the population is 23,590. Its county seat is Bellville6. Austin is named for Stephen Fuller Austin, who facilitated the Anglo American colonization of Texas and is known as the Father of Texas. (See List of Texas county name etymologies.)



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,700 km˛ (656 mi˛). 1,690 km˛ (653 mi˛) of it is land and 10 km˛ (4 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.58% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 23,590 people, 8,747 households, and 6,481 families residing in the county. The population density is 14/km˛ (36/mi˛). There are 10,205 housing units at an average density of 6/km˛ (16/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 80.22% White, 10.64% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 6.99% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 16.13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,747 households out of which 34.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% are married couples living together, 9.60% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% are non-families. 22.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.67 and the average family size is 3.14.

In the county, the population is spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $38,615, and the median income for a family is $46,342. Males have a median income of $32,455 versus $22,142 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,140. 12.10% of the population and 8.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.70% of those under the age of 18 and 14.40% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities and towns

External link

  • County government’s website (http://www.austincounty.com/Austin)

Regions: Arklatex | Central Texas | Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex | East Texas | Edwards Plateau | Houston Metropolitan Area | North Texas | Northeast Texas | Piney Woods | Rio Grande Valley | Texas Hill Country | Texas Panhandle | Llano Estacado | Southeast Texas | South Texas | West Texas
Largest Metropolitan areas: Abilene | Amarillo | Austin- San Marcos | Beaumont- Port Arthur | Brownsville- Harlingen- San Benito | Bryan- College Station | Corpus Christi | Dallas-Fort Worth | El Paso | Houston-Galveston_Brazoria | Killeen- Temple | Laredo | Longview_ Marshall | Lubbock | McAllen_ Edinburg- Mission | Odessa_Midland | San Angelo | San Antonio | Sherman- Denison | Texarkana | Tyler | Victoria | Waco | Wichita Falls
See also: List of Texas counties

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