DeWitt County

DeWitt County, Texas

DeWitt County, Texas

DeWitt County Courthouse in Cuero, Texas. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

DeWitt County is on the Gulf Coast Plain in southeastern Texas about forty-five miles inland from Copano Bay. It is bounded by Victoria, Goliad, Karnes, Gonzales, and Lavaca counties. Cuero, the county's largest town, serves as the county seat. The center point is at 29°05' north latitude and 97°23' west longitude. Although the present county was part of DeWitt's colony and settlement dates to colonization in 1825, the county officially has two dates of origin. The first, DeWitt County (Judicial), was formed on February 2, 1842, but was declared unconstitutional along with other judicial counties later that autumn. The present DeWitt County was formed from Goliad, Gonzales, and Victoria counties in 1846 and named for empresario Green DeWitt. It comprises 910 square miles, most of which is nearly level to sloping; the areas of greatest elevation are mostly in the northwest. The elevation ranges from about 150 feet above sea level in the east corner to more than 540 feet above sea level in the southwest. The eastern corner and an area along the Gonzales county line falls in the Post Oak Savannah belt, characterized by tall grasses and, along streams, oak, elm, and pecan trees. Most of the county is part of the South Texas Plains, surfaced primarily by dark calcareous clays and sandy and clay loams that support tall grasses, small trees, shrubs, and crops. The climate is humid-subtropical. The temperature ranges from an average high of 96° F in July to an average low of 44° in January; records of 2° and 110° were recorded in 1949 and 1954 respectively. The average length of the frost-free season is 270 days, from early March to late November. The annual precipitation averages 33.37 inches, commonly in the form of thundershowers. Most of the county is drained by the Guadalupe River and its tributaries, which include the various branches of Coleto Creek, and also Sandies, Salt, Smith, McCoy, Irish, Cuero, and Clear creeks. Small areas in the northern part of the county are drained by the Lavaca River, and a small area in the southern part by the San Antonio River. Typical mammals in the county include white-tail deer, bobcats, coyotes, opossums, squirrels, foxes, armadillos, skunks, bats, cottontail rabbits, raccoons, badgers, and the Plains pocket gopher, as well as numerous reptile, fish, and bird species.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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DeWitt County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

DeWitt County
Pop. Year Source
20,160 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

DeWitt County
People Year Source
9,530 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$54,549 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

DeWitt County
USD ($) Year Source
6,611,900,010 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

DeWitt County
USD ($) Year Source
246,485,976 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

DeWitt County
USD ($) Year Source
102,616,770 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
6.7 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
35.7 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
39.1 96.5 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

DeWitt County
Area (square miles) Year Source
909.0 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

DeWitt County
Area (square miles) Year Source
910.5 2019 United States Census Bureau