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Brazoria County is a county in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, the population of the county was 313,166. The county seat is
Brazoria County is included in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.
the Brazos River (along with Brazos County)
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Brazoria County, like nearby Brazos County, takes its name from the Brazos River, which flows through it. Anglo-Texas began in Brazoria County when the first of Stephen F. Austin's authorized 300 American settlers arrived at the mouth of the Brazos River in 1821. Many of the events leading to the Texas Revolution developed in Brazoria County. In 1832, Brazoria was organized as a separate municipal district by the Mexican government, and so became one of Texas original counties at independence in 1836. The largest city is Pearland and the county seat is Angleton.
Stephen F. Austin's original burial place was located at a church cemetery (Gulf
Prairie Presbyterian) in the town of Jones Creek, but was more recently exhumed and brought to the state capital in
Austin. Also, the town of West Columbia served as the first capital of Texas, dating back to pre-revolutionary days. Angleton was established in 1890,
and named after the wife of manager of the Velasco Terminal Railway. Brazoria, which became county seat when the county was organized on
December 20, 1836, served until 1896, when Angleton replaced it.
Handbook of Texas Online
Under the provisional government, Texas accepted the constitution that made its first counties from former municipalities. Brazoria County, among the first, took its name from the Brazos River when the Congress of the republic established it on March 24, 1836. Brazoria, which became county seat when the county was organized on December 20, 1836, served until 1896, when Angleton replaced it. The establishment of Fort Bend County in 1837 and of Galveston County in 1838 drew the present county boundaries, and the towns of Columbia, Velasco, and Brazoria were incorporated by the Congress of the republic in 1837. More at
Diana J. Kleiner, "BRAZORIA COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb12), accessed January 23, 2016. Uploaded on August 7, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Bordering counties are as follows:
A variety of school districts serve Brazoria County students. They include:
Damon ISD (K-8)
Alvin Community College and Brazosport College serve as higher education facilities.