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Time Zone: Matagorda County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Bay City is the Seat for Matagorda County.

Matagorda County is one of the original counties of Texas and was founded in 1836.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Matagorda had a population of 36,978 people. This is a decrease of 2.58% since the last Census (which gave a population of 37,957 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Matagorda represented 0.18% of the total population of Texas, making it the state's 72nd most populous county (out of 254 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201036,702-3.31%-0.75% since 2009
200936,978-2.58%-0.16% since 2008
200837,038-2.42%+0.83% since 2007
200736,732-3.23% 
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200037,957The Last Census

More information can be found on the Matagorda County Census Page for Matagorda County.

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Websites for Matagorda County

Official Website:   www.co.matagorda.tx.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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