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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
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

84,761
14.3
895.6
888.2
300–729
37.62
37.6
95.4
40,646
3.4
$181,284,967
$33,453
$7,796,808,461
$1,340,462,700

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Physical Features: Rolling; alluvial, sandy, loam soils; varied timber, Lost Pines; bisected by Colorado River; Lake Bastrop.

Economy: Government/services; tourism; agribusiness; bio-technology research; computer-related industries; commuters to Austin.

locator map for Bastrop County

History: Tonkawa Indian area; Comanches also present. Spanish fort established in 1804. County created in 1836, organized in 1837; named for Baron de Bastrop, who aided Moses and Stephen F. Austin in establishing the colony in the 1820s.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 53.6; Black, 7.7; Hispanic, 36.8; Asian, 1.0; Other, 2.1; Two or more races, 2.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,041; deaths, 660; marriages, 401; divorces, 225.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting; state parks; Lake Bastrop; historic sites; museum; railroad park; natural science center; nature trails.

Minerals:  Lignite and clay.

Agriculture: Hay, beef cattle, nursery/turf grass, pecans, vegetables. Market value $35.3 million. Pine for lumber, oak for firewood.

BASTROP (8,712) county seat; government/services, tourism, hospitals, University of Texas cancer research center, federal prison; riverwalk; Yesterfest in April.

ELGIN (9,652) bricks, sausage manufacturing; horse, cattle breeding; medical research; depot museum; Western Days in June, Hogeye festival in October.

Smithville (4,188) government/services, hospital, railroad; parks, hike & bike trails, museums; jamboree on weekend after Easter, Reel Film Expo in May.

Other towns: Cedar Creek (145); Circle D-KC Estates (2,740); McDade (794) watermelon festival in July; Paige (275); Red Rock (40); Rosanky (210) automotive museum; Wyldwood (2,746). Also, Camp Swift (7,414).

Flowers along US 290 in Bastrop County
Flowers along US 290 in Bastrop County. Photo by Ron Billings, Texas A&M Forest Service.