Brazos County, Texas

Brazos County: County in Texas, United States

About

Brazos County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 194,851 and a population density of 127 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 232,555 inhabitants. Its county seat is Bryan. The county was created 183 years ago in 1841.

Brazos County is located in east central Texas and is considered part of the Brazos Valley region. It was established in 1841 and named for the Brazos River which runs through it.

Anglo settlers first came to the area in the 1820s to establish cotton plantations. The fertile river valley soil supported large cotton crops and plantation agriculture. The county grew significantly leading up to the Civil War.

Texas A&M University was established in Brazos County in 1876 and became one of the largest universities in the country.

Major Cities and Attractions

College Station is the largest city and home to Texas A&M University. Other towns include:

  • Bryan - The county seat and location of the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
  • Kurten - A very small town east of College Station

Texas A&M University dominates the area, bringing in over 60,000 students each year. Historic attractions include the George Bush Presidential Library on the Texas A&M campus.

Lake Bryan provides recreation including fishing and boating opportunities west of Bryan.

Key Industries

Education is the foundation of the economy due to the massive size of Texas A&M. The university conducts over $850 million in research annually.

The area also supports agribusiness, technology, and manufacturing industries. Prominent companies headquartered here include Travis Hill Cattle Company and Sanderson Farms.

In summary, Brazos County's culture and economy revolve around Texas A&M University and its long agricultural roots in the Brazos Valley region.

Brazos County locator map
Location of Brazos County on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Brazos County

Population : 232,555 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
Different from : Brazos Country
Twitter username : brazoscountytx
Area : 1531 km2
Water as percent of area : 1%
Land as percent of area : 99%
Named for : Brazos River
Altitude : 269 feet / 82 meters
Capital : Bryan
Establishment : January 01, 1841
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 00:37:27 (15th June 2024)
Density : 152 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 16.21% (2010-2020)
Brazos county texas courthouse 2014 image
Brazos county texas courthouse 2014
Brazos county texas courthouse 2014 image

Geography

Brazos County is located at 30°39'39"N 96°18'9"W (30.6608000, -96.3023900). It has 5 neighbors: Robertson County, Burleson County, Grimes County, Madison County and Washington County.

Brazos County map

The largest city of Brazos County is College Station with a population of 119,260. Other cities include, Wixon Valley population 254 and Cottonwood population 209. See all Brazos County cities & populated places.

Brazos County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Brazos County.

City Name Population Title
College Station 119,260 The most populous city in Brazos County, Texas.
Fairview 9,358 Town in Texas, United States
Kurten 410 Town of the United States
Wixon Valley 254 City in Brazos County, Texas, United States
Millican 247 Town in Brazos County, Texas, United States
Cottonwood 209 City in Brazos County, Texas, United States

Brazos County has 5 neighbours.

  • Bryan

Demographics

The population of Brazos County increased by 16.21% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 194,851 - census
2011 197,450 1.32% estimation process
2012 200,260 1.4% estimation process
2013 204,116 1.89% estimation process
2014 208,975 2.33% estimation process
2015 216,258 3.37% estimation process
2016 219,739 1.58% estimation process
2017 223,917 1.87% estimation process
2018 225,781 0.83% estimation process
2019 229,211 1.5% estimation process
2020 232,555 1.44% estimation process

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People born in Brazos County (2)

People born in Brazos County, including baseball player Joe Gaines, H. W. South, .

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