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Austin County, Texas

Austin County consists of level to hilly terrain and is drained by the San Bernard and Brazos rivers. Land features black prairie to sandy upland soils. Local economy consists of agribusiness, tourism, government services, metal and other manufacturing, and commuters to Houston.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.9M
Lowest Price $260K
Highest Price $12M
Total Listings 105
Avg. Days On Market 154
Avg. Price/SQFT $1K

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Where is Austin County, Texas?

  • Austin County, in southeastern Texas thirty-five miles west of Houston, is bordered on the north by Washington County, on the east by Waller and Fort Bend counties, on the south by Wharton County, and on the West by Colorado and Fayette counties. Bellville, the county seat and second largest town, is fifty miles west-northwest of Houston.
  • State Highway 36 is the major north-south thoroughfare, while State Highway 159, U.S. Highway 90, and Interstate 10 span the county east and west. The county is also served by two major railways: the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe. Austin County covers 656 square miles on the boundary between the Post Oak Savannah and the Coastal Prairie regions of Texas.
  • As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,417. Austin County is included in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Austin County is not to be confused with the city of Austin, the state capital city that lies in Travis County, about 110 miles to the northwest.

Adjacent Counties

  • Washington County (north)
  • Waller County (east)
  • Fort Bend County (southeast)
  • Wharton County (south)
  • Colorado County (west)
  • Fayette County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Austin County 

  • Commemorating the location where, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin established a headquarters for his colony in Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and new museum share the stories of early settlers in this region. Today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of these early pioneers at what was the social, economic, and political center of American immigration to Texas before independence.

  • Stephen F. Austin State Park is a state park in Texas, United States and is in San Felipe, Austin County, west of Houston on the Brazos River. The 663.3 acres that makes up the site was deeded to the state by the San Felipe de Austin Corporation in 1940, and the park was opened to the public the same year.

Farming and Ranching in Austin County 

  •  Elevations range from 460 feet above sea level in the northwest to 120 feet in the southeast. Between 11 and 20 percent of the land in the county is regarded as prime farmland. Substantial reserves of petroleum and natural gas are by far the most significant of the county's limited mineral resources.

  • Temperatures range from an average high of 96° F in July to an average low of 41° in January. Rainfall averages forty-two inches annually. The growing season averages 283 days per year. In 2002 the county had 2,086 farms and ranches covering 367,497 acres, 51 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 37 percent to crops. In that year Austin County farmers and ranchers earned $24,040,000, with livestock sales accounting for $18,366,000 of that total. Beef, hay, cotton, corn, grain sorghum, and pecans were the chief agricultural products.

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