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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

6,948
– 5.9
818.2
770.4
sea level–100
36.89
44.3
92.0
3,060
9.4
$25,387,801
$42,606
$1,532,707,420
$84,585,266

map of Refugio County
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Physical Features: Coastal plain between San Antonio River, Guadalupe River, and Aransas River; broken by streams, bays; sandy, loam, black soils; mesquite, oak, huisache motts.

Economy: Petroleum, petrochemical production, agribusinesses, tourism, commuting to Corpus Christi, Victoria.

History: Karankawa area. Spanish mission, for which the county is named, Our Lady of Refuge, established in 1793. Colonists from Ireland and the United States arrived in the 1830s. Original county of the Republic created in 1836, organized in 1837.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 41.8; Black, 6.3; Hispanic, 50.6; Asian, 0.9; Other, 1.2; Two or more races, 1.8.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 99; deaths, 108; marriages, 27; divorces, 20.

Recreation: Water activities, hunting, fishing, historic sites; Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, home of the whooping crane; chili cook-off in August, Festival of Flags in October.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas.

Agriculture: Cotton, beef cattle, sorghum, corn, soybeans, horses. Market value $35.9 million. Hunting leases.

REFUGIO (2,691) county seat; petroleum, agribusiness center; hospital; museum, historic homes.

Other towns include: Austwell (145); Bayside (295) resorts; Tivoli (474); Woodsboro (1,419) commercial center.

Refugio pronunciation

 

farmland near Austwell

Farmland near Austwell. Photo by Robert Plocheck.