Medina County, Texas

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Medina County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 39,304. Its seat is Hondo[1]. The county is named for the Medina River.

The Medina Dam, the fourth largest in the nation when completed in 1913, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2] The irrigation project, creating Medina Lake, was built by 1500 skilled workers, mostly Mexican, who worked in shifts operating 24 hours a day to complete the dam in two years.

Medina County is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,335 square miles (3,456 km²), of which 1,328 square miles (3,439 km²) is land and 7 square miles (17 km²) (0.51%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 39,304 people, 12,880 households, and 10,136 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 14,826 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.38% White, 2.20% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 14.48% from other races, and 2.88% from two or more races. 45.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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