Matagorda County is located on the Texas Gulf Coast mid-way between Galveston and Corpus Christi and only 65 miles from the Houston metro area. The county spreads out over 1,114 square miles of coastal prairie and boasts more than 65 miles of coastline. Bay City is the county seat and Palacios is the only other incorporated city.
Matagorda County's total population is 36,702 and the total labor force population is 18,267. The county seat of Bay City has a population of 17,614. The average household income is $40,860 and the percent of population in poverty is 19.7%.
Matagorda County has skilled laborers accustomed to working shift work 24/7. We offer employers affordable labor with opportunities for funded workforce training. There are 20 higher education institutions within 100 miles of Matagorda County that offer certification and degree programs.
Matagorda County is building on its power generation, chemical, tourism and agricultural bases. We are growing an energy cluster. Opportunities abound as the county seeks retail, residential and apartment developers to meet our coming construction and new permanent worker demands. We also want new tourism businesses for our under-served beach, bay and waterfront areas.
Matagorda County offers incentives for businesses that establish themselves and create jobs for our citizens.
“I invite you to Matagorda County. Whether you are looking to relocate, expand or build new business, Matagorda County has all of the inputs you will need to site, permit, build and successfully operate your business. We have one of the lowest tax rates in Texas, which, coincidentally, collects no personal income tax. We can receive your raw materials and ship your finished products via truck, rail or water and have a hard working populace. The pool of workers can be built into your customized workforce at the Bay City campus of Wharton County Junior College.
Again, I hope you will take a look at Matagorda County for your next investment and I look forward to meeting and working with you to that end.” ~ Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald