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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

7,562
4.9
859.4
852.0
50–420
36.78
42.5
93.8
3,187
4.3
$11,377,287
$42,320
$2,723,956,908
$36,728,673

map of Goliad County
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Physical Features: Coastal Plain county; rolling, brushy; bisected by San Antonio River; Coleto Creek Reservoir; sandy, loam, alluvial soils.

Economy: Government/services, oil/gas, agriculture, electricity-generating plant, tourism.

locator map for Goliad County

History: Karankawas, Comanches, other tribes in area in historic period. La Bahía presidio/mission established, 1749. County created, 1836, from Spanish municipality; organized, 1837; name is anagram of (H)idalgo. Birthplace of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza, hero of Battle of Puebla.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 57.8; Black, 5.1; Hispanic, 36.4; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.0; Two or more races, 1.3.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 78; deaths, 87; marriages, 47; divorces, 7.

Recreation: Missions, restored Presidio La Bahía, Fannin Battleground; Old Market House museum; lake, fishing, hunting (deer, quail, dove, hogs), camping, canoeing, birding.

Minerals: Production of oil, gas.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, stocker operations and fed cattle are top revenue producers; corn, grain sorghum, cotton, hay; minor irrigation for pasture. Market value $19.4 million. Hunting leases.

GOLIAD (2,022) county seat; one of state’s oldest towns; oil, gas center; agriculture; tourism; library; Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site, statue; Goliad Massacre re-enactment in March, Diez y Seis celebration in September.

Other towns include: Berclair (253), Fannin (359), and Weesatche (411).

Mission Espirito Santo in Goliad is a replica of the original built in 1749

Mission Espírito Santo in Goliad is a replica of the original built in 1749. Photo by Robert Plocheck.