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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.
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Retail Sales

32,763
2.2
880.3
880.2
39–540
31.97
43.7
93.9
9,641
6.1
$84,297,392
$26,466
$2,759,075,200
$312,314,503

map of Bee County
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Physical Features: South Coastal Plain, level to rolling; black clay, sandy, loam soils; brushy.

Economy: Agriculture, government/services; hunting leases; oil and gas business.

locator map for Bee County

History: Karankawa, Apache, Pawnee territory. First Spanish land grant, 1789. Irish settlers arrived 1826-29. County created from Karnes, Live Oak, Goliad, Refugio, San Patricio, 1857; organized 1858; named for Barnard Bee Sr., secretary of state and diplomat for the Republic.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 31.2; Black, 8.9; Hispanic, 59.1; Asian, 0.6; Other, 0.9; Two or more races, 1.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 412; deaths, 271; marriages, 166; divorces, 41.

Recreation: Hunting, birding, camping; historical sites, antiques; rodeo/roping events.

Minerals: Oil, gas produced.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, corn, cotton and grain sorghum. Market value $26 million. Hunting leases.

BEEVILLE (13,224) county seat; aircraft maintenance, waste-bind manufacturing, retail center; Costal Bend College; hospital; art museum; Diez y Seis festival in September.

Other towns and places include: Blueberry Hill (871); Mineral (65); Normanna (117); Pawnee (156); Pettus (554); Skidmore (912); Tuleta (295); Tynan (286).

Trail riders between Beeville and Goliad
Trail riders along US 59 between Beeville and Goliad on their way to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Photo by Robert Plocheck.