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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

22,351
9.1
797.6
791.0
1,064–2,340
37.37
34.5
93.0
9,683
3.5
$30,647,160
$40,818
$3,935,176,093
$86,417,872

 map of Bandera County
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Physical Features: Scenic southwestern county of cedar-covered hills on the Edwards Plateau; Medina, Sabinal Rivers; limestone, sandy soils; species of oaks, walnuts, native cherry and Uvalde maple.

Economy: Tourism, hunting, fishing, ranching supplies, forest products.

locator map for Bandera County

History: Apache tribal area, then Comanche territory. White settlement began in the early 1850s, including Mormons and Poles. County, created, organized, from Bexar, Uvalde counties in 1856; named for Bandera (flag) Mountains.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 77.8; Black, 1.0; Hispanic, 18.8; Asian, 0.6; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 1.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 158; deaths, 221; marriages, 149; divorces, 65.

Recreation: RV parks, resort ranches; Lost Maples and Hill Country State Natural Areas; rodeo on Memorial Day weekend; Medina Lake.

Minerals: Not significant.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, sheep, goats, horses, deer (first in numbers in captivity), apples. Market value $11.2 million. Hunting and nature tourism important.

BANDERA (903) county seat; “cowboy capital of the world”; tourism, ranching, furniture making; Frontier Times Museum.

Other towns include: Medina (850) apple growing; Pipe Creek (130); Tarpley (30); Vanderpool (20). Also, the community of Lakehills (5,640) on Medina Lake, Cajun Fest in September, and Lake Medina Shores (1,277).

Cypress trees along a creek in Bandera County
A cypress-lined creek at the Bandera-Kerr county line. Photo by Robert Plocheck.