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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

35,882
6.5
621.8
604.0
150–560
45.14
39.0
94.2
15,351
4.7
$167,888,485
$52,265
$6,929,801,168
$528,045,682

map of Washington County
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Physical Features: South central county in Brazos River valley; rolling prairie of sandy loam, alluvial soils; Somerville Lake.

Economy: Agribusiness, oil, tourism, manufacturing, government/services.

History: Coahuiltecan tribes and Tonkawas in area when Anglo-American settlers arrived in 1821. Antebellum slaveholding area. Germans arrived around 1870. County named for George Washington; an original county, created in 1836, organized in 1837.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent), Anglo, 63.8; Black, 17.3; Hispanic, 16.4; Asian, 1.9; Other, 0.7; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 402; deaths, 389; marriages, 221; divorces, 113.

Recreation: Many historic sites, including Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site and Star of Republic Musuem, Texas Baptist Historical Museum at Independence; wildflowers, lake activities, fishing, hunting, birding; antique rose nursery; Bluebonnet festival in April.

Minerals: Oil, gas and stone.

Agriculture: Cattle, poultry, dairy products, hogs, horses; hay, corn, sorghum, cotton, small grains, nursery crops. Market value $36.6 million.

BRENHAM (17,752) county seat; Blue Bell creamery, retail, tourism; hospital; Blinn College; Maifest.

Other towns include: Burton (301) agriculture, tourism, national landmark cotton gin, festival in April; Chappell Hill (750) agriculture, industrial, tourism, museum, historic homes, Scarecrow festival in October; Washington (100) site of signing of Texas Declaration of Independence.

an avenue of wildflowers at Washington-on-the-Brazos

An avenue of wildflowers at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Photo by Robert Plocheck.