Calhoun County, Texas

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Calhoun County, Texas

Calhoun County is located partly on Matagorda Island and features sandy soil broken by bays. It includes Green Lake, Powderhorn Lake, and Cox Creek Reservoir. Local economy consists of aluminum, plastics plants, marine construction, agribusinesses, petroleum, tourism, and fish processing.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.5M
Lowest Price $270K
Highest Price $10.1M
Total Listings 25
Avg. Days On Market 44
Avg. Price/SQFT $317

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Where is Calhoun County, Texas?

  • Calhoun County is located on the Gulf Coast between Houston and Corpus Christi. Approximately one-fourth of the county's 540-square-mile area is under water. Calhoun County is bordered by Victoria and Jackson counties on the north, Matagorda Island and the Gulf on the south, Refugio County on the west, and Matagorda County on the east. The approximate center of the county is at 33°40' north latitude and 95°06' west longitude, five miles southwest of Port Lavaca, the county seat.
  • As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,381. The county is named for John Caldwell Calhoun, the seventh vice president of the United States. Calhoun County comprises the Port Lavaca, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Victoria-Port Lavaca, TX Combined Statistical Area.

Adjacent Counties

  • Jackson County (north)
  • Matagorda County (east)
  • Aransas County (southwest)
  • Refugio County (west)
  • Victoria County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Calhoun County 

  • King Fisher Beach is located at the end of Hwy 185 (Adams St.) on Park St. The park contains several covered picnic areas with BBQ pits. There are showers and restrooms available as well as a volleyball court and a great fishing pier. King Fisher Beach is a great place to sit back relax and enjoy the sun. Seashells and sandcastles are common place in this area.
  • In 1985 a Texas historical marker was placed at Half Moon Reef Lighthouse. Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area, Calhoun County's principal state park, covered 7,325 acres. Annual special events in the county include the Sea Fest in May, Texas Water Safari in June, Shrimp-Fest in July, Fishing Derby and Youth Rodeo in August, Christmas Parade in December, and Calhoun County Fair in October at Port Lavaca.

  • The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge had been established in 1937 to serve as “a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife…” and “…for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds…” The wildlife conservation mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ensures the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge will continue to conserve, protect and enhance these lands for the benefit of wildlife and the American people.

Farming and Ranching in Calhoun County 

  • The climate is mild, the rainfall averages about forty inches annually, and the growing season lasts 305 days a year. The flora includes tall grasses and live oaks with cordgrasses and sedges along the coast, and the animal life includes quail, deer, doves, cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits, armadillos, skunks, opossums, raccoons, and a few coyotes. Between 21 and 30 percent of the land is considered prime farmland. The county is drained by the Guadalupe River, Chocolate Bayou, and several creeks. Green Lake, a large natural lake, is in Calhoun County.
  •  In 2002 the county had 328 farms and ranches covering 247,827 acres, 59 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 38 percent to crops. In that year local farmers and ranchers earned $18,893,000, with livestock sales accounting for $9,710,000 of that total. Cotton, cattle, corn, and grain sorghum were the chief agricultural products. Almost 594,000 barrels of oil and 9,446,198 cubic feet of gas-well gas were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 103,913,124 barrels of oil had been taken from county lands since 1935.
 

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