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Comal County

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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
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Retail Sales

129,048
19.0
574.9
559.5
560–1,529
33.97
38.1
93.3
62,198
3.7
$554,738,482
$53,710
$17,751,155,819
$1,844,012,142

map of Comal county
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Physical Features: Scenic Hill Country county. Eighty percent above Balcones Escarpment. Spring-fed streams; 2.5-mile-long Comal River, Guadalupe River; Canyon Lake.

Economy: Varied manufacturing, tourism, government/services, agriculture; county in San Antonio metropolitan area.

locator map for Comal County

History: Tonkawa, Waco Indians. A pioneer German settlement 1845. Mexican migration peaked during Mexican Revolution. County created from Bexar, Gonzales, Travis counties and organized in 1846; named for river, a name for Spanish earthenware or metal pan used for cooking tortillas.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 69.4; Black, 2.4; Hispanic, 26.3; Asian, 1.5; Other, 1.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,447; deaths, 990; marriages, 1,112; divorces, 268.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting; historic sites; scenic drives, Devil's Backbone; lake facilities; Prince Solms Park, other county parks; Landa Park with 76 species of trees; Gruene historic area; caverns; river resorts; river tubing; Schlitterbahn water park; Wurstfest in November, Wasselfest in December.

Minerals: Stone, lime, sand and gravel.

Agriculture: Cattle, goats, sheep, hogs, horses; nursery, hay, corn, sorghum, wheat.

NEW BRAUNFELS (68,765) county seat; manufacturing, retail, distribution center; picturesque city, making it a tourist center; Conservation Plaza; rose garden; hospital; library; mental health and retardation center. Gruene is now part of New Braunfels.

Other towns include: Bulverde (4,881); Garden Ridge (3,664); the retirement and recreation community around Canyon Lake (23,406), which includes Startzville, Sattler, Smithson Valley, Canyon City, Fischer, Hancock, and Spring Branch.

Also in the county, parts of Fair Oaks Ranch (7,302), Selma (8,187) and Schertz (36,244).

Comal pronunciation

 

Canyon Lake

A cove on Canyon Lake. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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