Bastrop County

The hometown hospitality of three historic cities, beautiful recreation areas and incredible entertainment venues combine with a business-friendly culture, great infrastructure, a community college, a talented workforce and dedicated partners – all in a beautiful setting. Bastrop County boasts an expanding industrial park in Bastrop, location on a four-lane highway between Austin and Houston and proximity to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Austin Community College has a campus in Elgin. Both Bastrop and Elgin, each with population growth of 27% between 2007 and 2017, are communities primed for business expansion. Smithville, located in a still-rural section of eastern Bastrop County, was the first Film Friendly Community designated by the Texas Film Commission. The county also has several key components of the region's biosciences industry, including units of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center— the Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research and the Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center — as well as life sciences companies such as Agilent Technologies and The Coghlan Group.

BASTROP COUNTY
AUSTIN MSA
Population 2018
86,976
2,168,316
Population growth 2008-2018
20.2%
32.7%
Land area (sq. mi.) 2018
888.2
4,221.6
Median age 2019
40.1
34.3
Households 2019
31,337
842,329
Home ownership rate 2019
73.0%
59.6%
Median household income 2019
$75,538
$75,946
Per capita income 2019
$30,944
$38,963
High school grads 2019
82.1%
90.3%
College grads 2019
21.4%
44.3%
Labor force 2018
41,491
1,197,091
Unemployment rate 2018
3.4%
2.9%
Public school enrollment 2018-2019
17,722
330,708
High school graduates 2017

1,091

19,985
Retail sales 2018
$1,296 mil.
$36,488 mil.
Business
2018
Establishments
1,478
59,844
Employment
18,449
1,020,498
Average salary
$39,294
$62,331
Mfg.business
2018
Establishments
75
1,773
Employment
1,160
60,133
Average salary
$52,887
$99,563

Sources: Texas Comptroller for retail sales; Texas Workforce Commission for labor force, unemployment, businesses, employees, and salaries; Texas Education Agency for public school enrollment and graduates; ESRI for 2019 demographic estimates; and U.S. Census Bureau for all other data.

LARGEST CITIES IN THE COUNTYLARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE COUNTY
Bastrop
Elgin
Smithville
Bastrop
Elgin
Smithville