Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County, Texas

Fort Bend County, Texas

View of the Fort Bend Justice Center building in Richmond, Texas. Photograph by Djmaschek.

Fort Bend County is in the coastal plains of southeastern Texas. Richmond, the county seat, at 29°35' north latitude and 95°45' west longitude, is twenty-eight miles west-southwest of Houston and at the approximate center of the county. The county comprises 869 square miles of level to slightly rolling terrain with an elevation ranging from eighty to 250 feet above sea level. Temperatures range from an average high of 94° F in July to an average low of 44° in January; rainfall averages slightly more than forty-five inches a year, and the growing season lasts 296 days. The Brazos River flows diagonally northwest to southeast through the county and drains the broad central valley via numerous creeks and bayous. The San Bernard River, which forms the west boundary, drains the western quarter of the county. Major streams include Big Creek, which flows east into the Brazos River; Oyster Creek, which winds parallel to and east of the Brazos River; and Buffalo Bayou, which rises in the northern tip of the county and flows east into Harris County. Soils vary from rich alluvial in the Brazos valley to sandy loams and clay on the prairies. Native trees include pecan, oak, ash, and cottonwood; there are some timberlands in the north and along streams. Mineral resources include natural gas, oil, and sulfur; sand, clay, and gravel are also produced in commercial quantities.

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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Fort Bend County is classified as a County

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46 ft – 158 ft

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Fort Bend County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Fort Bend County
Pop. Year Source
811,688 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Fort Bend County
People Year Source
385,787 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$57,540 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Fort Bend County
USD ($) Year Source
85,053,198,282 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Fort Bend County
USD ($) Year Source
8,598,868,230 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Fort Bend County
USD ($) Year Source
2,693,630,795 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
9.0 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
50.4 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
44.1 94.9 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Fort Bend County
Area (square miles) Year Source
861.5 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Fort Bend County
Area (square miles) Year Source
885.3 2019 United States Census Bureau