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Colorado County, Texas

Colorado County land features three soils in the area with level to rolling topography. It is bisected by the Colorado River, includes Eagle Lake with oaks throughout. Local economy consists of agribusiness, oil and gas services and gravel mining.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.5M
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $16M
Total Listings 126
Avg. Days On Market 124
Avg. Price/SQFT $1.1K

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Where is Colorado County, Texas?

  • Colorado County, located about sixty miles above the Gulf of Mexico in south central Texas, is bounded on the northeast by Austin County, on the southeast by Wharton County, on the south by Jackson County, on the southwest by Lavaca County, and on the northwest by Fayette County. It is roughly rectangular in shape except for a small strip extending to the southwest.
  • The center point of the county is at 29°38' north latitude and 96°32' west longitude. The county was named for the Colorado River, which bisects it northwest to southeast. Columbus is the county seat. Colorado County is crossed by Interstate Highway 10, U.S. highways 90 and 90A, and State Highway 71, as well as by the Union Pacific railroad. The county includes 964 square miles of level to rolling land with elevations that range from 150 to 425 feet above sea level.

Adjacent Counties

  • Austin County (northeast)
  • Wharton County (southeast)
  • Jackson County (south)
  • Lavaca County (southwest)
  • Fayette County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Colorado County

  • Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge is a federally protected refugium encompassing one of the largest remnants of coastal prairie habitat remaining in southeast Texas, United States, and home to one of the last populations of critically endangered Attwater's prairie chickens, a ground-dwelling grouse of the coastal prairie ecosystem. The 10,528-acre (43-km2) refuge, located in eastern Colorado County, about 60 miles (100 km) west of Houston, Texas, was established in 1972, and is one of a handful of national wildlife refuges managed specifically for an endangered species. In 1968, Attwater Prairie Chicken Preserve was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

  • The county is well supplied with recreational facilities and tourist sites. With neighboring Washington, Fayette, and Austin counties, it forms part of the Texas Pioneer Trail. Columbus is rich in Victorian-era homes, a number of which are open to the public during the Magnolia Homes Tours the third weekend in May. The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge hosts a festival every October.

Farming and Ranching in Colorado County

  • The annual rainfall is forty-one inches. The average minimum temperature in January is 41° F, and the average maximum in July is 96°. The growing season lasts 280 days. From 11 to 20 percent of the land is considered prime farmland. Colorado County has several different soil sections: light-colored soils with clayey subsoils predominate in the southwest and northeast; poorly drained soils with cracking, clayey subsoils are found along the Colorado River; and loamy soils with cracking, clayey subsoils characterize the center.
  •  In 2002 the county had 1,770 farms and ranches covering 538,635 acres, 49 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 39 percent to crops. In that year local farmers and ranchers in the area earned $41,586,000, with crop sales accounting for $22,940,000 of that total. Rice, cattle, corn, nursery plants, poultry, hay, and sorghum were the chief agricultural products. 

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