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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

51,307
18.6
517.8
513.4
100–350
45.53
38.0
95.0
22,213
4.5
$194,106,305
$34,602
$7,711,391,370
$583,692,187

map of Waller County
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Physical Features: South central county near Houston on rolling prairie; drains to Brazos; alluvial soils; about 20 percent forested.

Economy: Agribusiness, education, equine-related businesses, part of Houston metropolitan area.

History: Bidais Indians reduced to about 100 when Anglo-Americans settled in the 1820s. Antebellum slaveholding area. County named for Edwin Waller, Republic leader; created in 1873 from Austin, Grimes counties, organized the same year.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent), Anglo, 42.9; Black, 25.4; Hispanic, 30.1; Asian, 1.1; Other, 1.5; Two or more races, 1.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 592; deaths, 305; marriages, 345; divorces, 142.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting; historic sites; museum.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Cattle, hay, rice, greenhouse nurseries, turf grass. 10,000 acres irrigated. Market value $91.7 million. Some timber marketed.

HEMPSTEAD (7,011) county seat; varied manufacturing, commuting to Houston, agribusiness center, large vegetable market; watermelon fest in July.

Prairie View (6,440) home of Prairie View A&M University.

Other towns include: Brookshire (5,283), Pattison (577), Pine Island (1,107), Waller (2,856, partly in Harris County) agriculture, education, construction.

Also, part [1,156] of Katy (17,184, mostly in Harris County) hospitals.

Katy Prairie between Katy and Waller

Katy Prairie between Katy and Waller. Photo by Katy Prairie Conservancy (CC).