Matagorda County, Texas

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Matagorda County, Texas

Matagorda County is located on the Gulf Coastal Plains with flat terrain broken by bays. Also features many different soils draining to the Colorado River, creeks and the coast. Local economy consists of agribusiness, oil and gas, and refinery.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $981K
Lowest Price $285K
Highest Price $4.1M
Total Listings 22
Avg. Days On Market 183
Avg. Price/SQFT $664

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Where is Matagorda County, Texas?

  • Matagorda County is in the Coastal Prairie region of Texas, bounded on the north by Wharton County, on the east by Brazoria County and the Gulf of Mexico, on the west by Calhoun and Jackson counties, and on the south by the Gulf of Mexico and Tres Palacios, Matagorda, and East Matagorda bays. The center of the county lies at 28°54' north latitude and 95°59' west longitude; Bay City, the county's seat of government and largest city, is four miles north of the center of the county at the convergence of State highways 35 and 60, fifty air miles southwest of Houston. The name Matagorda, Spanish for "thick brush," was derived from the canebrakes that formerly lined the shore. Crossed by the once highly flood-prone Colorado River, which bisects it from north to south, the county extends across 1,612 square miles of mostly open prairie.

Adjacent Counties

  • Brazoria County (northeast)
  • Calhoun County (southwest)
  • Jackson County (west)
  • Wharton County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Matagorda County 

  • The San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge is a 45,730-acre wildlife conservation area along the coast of Texas, south of the towns of Sweeny and Brazoria, Texas. It encloses a bay behind a barrier island at the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is located in southern Brazoria and eastern Matagorda counties.
  • The Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife conservation area along the coast of Texas in southeastern Matagorda County, south of the towns of Bay City and Wadsworth. It borders a bay behind a barrier island at the Gulf of Mexico. Established in 1983 and encompassing 5,000 acres of salt marsh.
  • Major tourist attractions include fishing and water sports, birding, and an October rice festival. The Texas Independence Trail runs through Matagorda County, and an annual cattle drive across the Colorado River to summer pastures on Matagorda Peninsula, which began in 1919 still drew tourists in 1994. Palacios celebrates the Texas Fishermen’s Seafood Festival in November. Bay City hosts the Matagorda County Fair, in March, and Market Days on the Square on the third Saturday of every month.

Farming and Ranching in Matagorda County 

  • Temperatures in the county vary from an average low of 44° F in January to an average high of 92° F in July. The growing season averages 295 days per year. Live oak, post oak, pin oak, pecan, ash cottonwood, elm, red cedar, and mulberry grow in the county's forests; mesquite and prickly pear have invaded the Bay Prairie in patches where the land has been overgrazed.
  •  In 2002 the county had 991 farms and ranches covering 619,142 acres, 54 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 41 percent to crops. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $115,730,000; crop sales accounted for $87,346,000 of the total. Cattle, cotton, rice, sorghum, and soybeans were the chief agricultural products.
 

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