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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

21,217
1.7
973.7
960.3
125–450
43.93
40.8
94.3
9,695
3.1
$72,766,666
$44,836
$5,397,132,413
$296,507,472

map of Colorado County
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Physical Features: Located in three soil areas; level to rolling; bisected by Colorado River; Eagle Lake; oaks.

Economy: Agribusiness, oil and gas services, gravel mining.

locator map for Colorado County

History: Karankawa and other tribes. Anglo settlers among Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred families. First German settlers arrived around 1840. Antebellum slaveholding area. County created in 1836, organized in 1837; named for river.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 55.9; Black, 12.8; Hispanic, 30.6; Asian, 0.7; Other, 1.2; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 265; deaths, 256; marriages, 117; divorces, 45.

Recreation: Hunting of duck, geese, deer, exotics; canoeing, bicycling; historic sites; Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge; opera house in Columbus, water park in Sheridan.

Minerals: Gas, oil, gravel.

Agriculture: Rice (29,000 acres), cattle, corn, cotton, soybeans, sesame, hay, pecans, nurseries; significant irrigation for rice. Market value $71 million.

COLUMBUS (3,715) county seat; agriculture, guarrying, manufacturing; hospital; historical sites, homes, museums, walking tour; Magnolia Days festival in May.

Eagle Lake (3,699) rice drying center; hospital; goose hunting; Prairie Edge museum.

Weimar (2,240) agriculture, light industry, meat processing, retail; hospital, library; “Gedenke” (remember) celebration on Mother’s Day weekend.

Other towns include: Altair (30), Garwood (600), Glidden (748), Nada (165), Oakland (80), Rock Island (160), Sheridan (300).

Colorado pronunciation

 

Colorado County Courthouse

The Colorado County Courthouse in Columbus. Photo by Larry D. Moore (CC).