Matagorda County, Texas

Matagorda County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,702.[1] Its county seat is Bay City,[2] not to be confused with the larger Baytown in Harris and Chambers Counties. Matagorda County is named for the canebrakes that once grew along the coast (matagorda is a Spanish word meaning “thick bush”).

U.S. county in Texas
Matagorda County

The Matagorda County Courthouse and Confederate Soldier Statue in Bay City

Location within the U.S. state of Texas

Texas’s location within the U.S.


Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1836
Seat Bay City
Largest city Bay City

  Total 1,613 sq mi (4,180 km2)
  Land 1,100 sq mi (3,000 km2)
  Water 512 sq mi (1,330 km2)  32%%

  Total 36,702
  Density 33/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 27th
Matagorda County Office Building

Matagorda County comprises the Bay City, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the HoustonThe Woodlands, TX combined statistical area.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,613 square miles (4,180 km2), of which 1,100 square miles (2,800 km2) are land and 512 square miles (1,330 km2) (32%) are covered by water.[3] The water area includes Matagorda Bay. It borders the Gulf of Mexico.

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