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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

4,222
5.2
932.2
928.8
1,180–2,217
29.19
32.1
92.3
1,742
3.3
$8,629,309
$37,632
$1,791,578,190
$21,159,400

map of Mason County
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Physical Features: Central county; hilly, draining to Llano and San Saba rivers and their tributaries; limestone, red soils; varied timber.

Economy: Sand plants, agriculture, tourism, hunting.

locator map for Mason County

History: Lipan Apaches in area, driven south by Comanches around 1790. German settlers arrived in the mid-1840s, followed by Anglo-Americans. Mexican immigration increased after 1930. County created from Bexar and Gillespie counties in 1858, organized the same year; named for Mexican War victim U.S. Army Lt. G.T. Mason.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 73.0; Black, 1.0; Hispanic, 25.2; Asian, 0.3; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 0.9.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 28; deaths, 44; marriages, 26; divorces, 18.

Recreation: Hunting, fishing; kayaking, rock crawling, camping; historic homes of stone; prehistoric Indian artifacts exhibit; Fort Mason, where Robert E. Lee served; bat cave; wildflower drives in spring, Roundup rodeo in July.

Minerals: Sand, topaz, granite.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, hay, meat goats. Market value $51.4 million. Hunting leases important.

MASON (2,152) county seat; agriculture, hunting, nature tourism; museums, historical district, homes, rock fences built by German settlers; wild game dinner in November.

Other towns include: Art (14), Fredonia (55), Pontotoc (125).

bluebonnets at the church at Art

Bluebonnets at the church at Art. Photo by Joe Michael Feist.