A 2017 profile of Matagorda County provides a wide-ranging look at several social categories, including demographics, economics, education, earnings, housing and transportation
The profile was developed as part of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Our Great Region 2040, a regional plan for sustainable development.
The 2017 profiles for all 13 counties in the region provide a demographic snapshot and build a baseline understanding from which local communities and H-GAC can gauge how the region has advanced the tenets of the Our Great Region 2040 plan.
The contents of this report have been gathered from a variety of sources referenced on the last two pages.
All maps were produced by H-GAC.
Matagorda County Profile 2017
- Matagorda County declined by 3 percent from 38,000 in 1980 to 37,000 in 2015, and is expected to reach 39,000 residents by 2040.
At 30 residents per square mile, Matagorda County is less dense than the region as a whole. Only Colorado County, with 20 people per square mile, falls below Matagorda County.
- Matagorda County is older than the region with a higher portion of residents over 65.
Some 15 percent of the county’s residents are 65 and older, while 10 percent of the region falls in that age group.
- In median household income, Matagorda County has the second lowest median income with $40,800.
The Texas median household income is $53,200.
- Matagorda County has a higher rate of poverty than the region, particularly for children.
Overall, the county has a 22 percent poverty rate, compared to 16 percent in the region and 17 percent in the state.
Matagorda County poverty rate for children under 18 is 35 percent, while the region is 23 percent and the state, 25 percent.
Among seniors 65 and older, Matagorda County has 18 percent in poverty.
The region’s senior age group in poverty is 10 percent and the state, 11 percent.