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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

28,082
5.6
801.6
787.5
150–470
43.51
40.0
96.0
10,649
4.7
$90,706,860
$35,677
$4,952,484,505
$167,748,994

map of Grimes County 
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Physical Features: Rich bottom soils along Brazos, Navasota rivers; remainder hilly, partly forested; Gibbons Creek Reservoir.

Economy: Varied manufacturing, agribusiness, tourism.

locator map for Grimes County

History: Bidais (customs similar to the Caddoes) lived peacefully with Anglo-American settlers who arrived in 1820s, but tribe was removed to Indian Territory. Planter agriculture reflected in 1860 census, which listed 77 persons owning 20 or more slaves. County created from Montgomery County in 1846, organized the same year; named for Jesse Grimes, who signed Texas Declaration of Independence.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 58.8; Black, 16.1; Hispanic, 23.6; Asian, 0.4; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 1.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 338; deaths, 279; marriages, 143; divorces, 52.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing; Gibbons Creek Reservoir; historic sites; fall Renaissance Festival at Plantersville.

Minerals: Lignite coal, natural gas.

Agriculture: Cattle, forage, horses, poultry; berries, pecans, honey sales significant. Market value $48.1 million. Some timber sold, Christmas tree farms.

ANDERSON (227) county seat; rural center; Fanthorp Inn historic site; Go-Texan weekend in February.

NAVASOTA (7,506) agribusiness center for parts of three counties; varied manufacturing; food, wood processing; hospital; prisons; La Salle statue; Blues Fest in August.

Other towns include: Bedias (445); Iola (417); Plantersville (260); Richards (300); Roans Prairie (64); Shiro (210); Todd Mission (111).

Fanthorp Inn, an old stagecoach stop, in Anderson

The Fanthorp Inn, an old stagecoach stop, in Anderson. Photo by Robert Plocheck.