Published on July 13, 2021

The View from my Seat

Brazoria County by the census numbers

By Ernie Williamson / The Bulletin

How much do you know about our county?

Here are some interesting updated QuickFacts on Brazoria County from the United States Census Bureau.

Comparisons to the U.S. as a whole are provided at the end of each category - if the numbers are interesting, and the information was gathered over similar time periods.

Population: The county has grown 19.5 percent since 2010. U.S.: Country grew 6.3 percent.
Age and sex: 26.1 percent of the county population is under 18, and 12.2 percent of the population is 65 years and over. Women make up 49.5 percent of the population. U.S.: Women make up 50.8 percent of the population.

Population characteristics: Foreign-born persons make up 13.1 percent of the county’s population. There are 17,565 veterans in the county. U.S.: Foreign -born make up 13.6 percent of population.

Housing: The county’s median value of an owner-occupied housing unit is $197,700. The median monthly owner cost with a mortgage is $1,894. The median gross rent is $1,141. U.S.: Median value of housing is $217,500.

Families and living arrangements: There are on average 2.87 persons per household in the county, and 88 percent of the population is living in the same house they did a year ago. 26.5 percent of persons speak a language other than English at home. U.S.: 21.6 percent speak a language other than English at home.

Computer and Internet use: 93.4 percent of county households have a computer, and 87.1 percent of households have a broadband Internet subscription.

Education: High school graduates or higher make up 87.9 percent of the county’s population, and those with a bachelor’s or higher make up 30 percent.

Health: Six percent of the county’s population under age 65 have a disability, and 16.4 percent of those under age 65 don’t have health insurance. U.S. 8.6 percent of those under 65 have a disability.

Economy: Women make up 58 percent of the county’s civilian labor force over 16 years of age. U.S.: 58.3 percent for women in work force.

Transportation: The mean travel time to work in the county is 30.6 minutes. U.S.: Mean travel time to work is 26.9 minutes.

Income and poverty: The county’s median household income is $81,447, and the poverty rate is 8.6 percent. U.S.: Median household income is $62,843.

Businesses: These figures have not been updated since 2012 but showed at that time there were 25,895 firms in the county. Men owned 13,043, and women owned 10,180. Minority-owned firms totaled 11,466 and non-minority firms totaled 13,613.

(Ernie Williamson welcomes reader input. Please contact Ernie at williamsonernie@gmail.com. Or, send letters in care of The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton, TX. 77516)