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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

21,744
1.7
1,032.7
506.8
sea level–56
35.93
46.5
89.0
9,953
6.1
$183,303,501
$36,332
$4,153,537,342
$228,536,083

map of Calhoun County
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Physical Features: Sandy, broken by bays; Green Lake, Powderhorn Lake, Cox Creek Reservoir; partly on Matagorda Island.

Economy: Aluminum, plastics plants; marine construction; agribusinesses; petroleum; tourism; fish processing.

locator map for Calhoun County

History: Karankawa tribal area. Empresario Martín De León brought 41 families in 1825. County created from Jackson, Matagorda, and Victoria counties in 1846; organized the same year. Named for John C. Calhoun, U.S. statesman.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 42.4; Black, 3.1; Hispanic, 48.8; Asian, 5.2; Other, 1.0; Two or more races, 1.3. 

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 319; deaths, 198; marriages, 141; divorces, 36.

Recreation: Beaches, fishing, water sports, duck, goose hunting; historic sites, county park; La Salle Days in April.

Minerals: Oil, gas.

Agriculture: Cotton, cattle, corn, grain sorghum. Market value $42.1 million. Commercial fishing.

PORT LAVACA (12,346) county seat; commercial seafood operations, offshore drilling, tourist center; some manufacturing; convention center; hospital.

Other towns include: Long Mott (76); Point Comfort (700) aluminum, plastic plants, deepwater port; Port O’Connor (1,254) tourist center, seafood processing, manufacturing, lighted boat parade in December; Seadrift (1,511) commercial fishing, processing plants, Bayfront Park, Shrimpfest in June.

Lavaca Bay at Magnolia Beach
Lavaca Bay at Magnolia Beach. Photo by Robert Plocheck.