Aransas County is located on the Coastal Bend portion of the Gulf of Mexico, a short drive to the Northeast of Corpus Christi.
Created out of the coastal portion of Refugio County in 1871, Aransas County is one of the smallest of Texas’ 254 counties. Encompassing only 276 square miles of land, it is composed of numerous peninsulas, islands and bays (click here for map).
However, within its small boundaries are three bays which tie into the larger Aransas Bay: Copano, St. Charles, and Mesquite. This area was the site of early Native American inhabitation and Spanish exploration, as well as, Anglo colonization efforts of the 1830′s and 1840′s.
The county population as of the 2000 census is 23,129 an increase of 29 percent since 1990. The county seat is located in Rockport but the area is often referred to as Rockport-Fulton because these two distinct communities overlap. Visit the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce website for a listing of upcoming events, local attractions and current local weather conditions.
Aransas County communities are supported by tourism, bird watching, recreational and commercial fishing, offshore oil and gas production and agriculture. For more historical information on Aransas County visit The Handbook of Texas Online.
The county is home to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, created in 1937 and winter home to the endangered Whooping Crane.
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