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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

92,084
6.1
888.8
882.1
sea level–230
41.08
40.7
94.1
42,328
4.4
$451,642,147
$42,484
$8,727,869,705
$1,798,882,695

map of Victoria County
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Physical Features: Rolling prairies, intersected by many streams; sandy loams, clays, alluvial soils.

Economy: Petrochemical plants, government/services, oil, manufacturing, agribusiness, tourism.

History: Karankawas and other tribes in the area when Spanish arrived in 1528. Comanches, Tawakonis arrived later. La Salle’s camp on Garcitas Creek 1685–1687. Spanish ranching developed in the 1750s. Anglo-Americans arrived after 1836. An original county, created in 1836 from Mexican municipality named for President Guadalupe Victoria of Mexico.

 Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 44.6; Black, 6.7; Hispanic, 47.0; Asian, 1.4; Other, 1.0; Two or more races, 1.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,363; deaths, 847; marriages, 615; divorces, 381.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting; saltwater activities, historic homes, sites, riverside park, Coleto Creek Reservoir and park, zoo, Czech festival in September at Victoria.

Minerals: Oil, gas, sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Corn, beef cattle, grain sorghums, cotton, rice, soybeans. Market value $47.6  million.

VICTORIA (67,117) county seat; petrochemicals, government/services, hospitals/healthcare, retail, oil, manufacturing, agribusiness, tourism; Victoria College, University of Houston at Victoria; community theater, symphony, museums; Bootfeast in October.

Other towns include: Bloomington (2,590), Inez (2,430), McFaddin (50), Nursery (600), Placedo (758), Telferner (700).

old Victoria County Courthouse

The old Victoria County Courthouse. Photo by Billy Hathorn (CC).