Victoria County Courthouse

Victoria County Courthouse

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension educates Texans in the areas of agriculture, environmental stewardship, adult life skills, youth, human capital and leadership, and community economic development.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is a state wide educational agency and a member of the Texas A&M University System linked in a unique partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension System and the local County governments in Texas.

Victoria County makes up the heart of the Golden Crescent, also known as the “Crossroads” and is home to the areas largest city, Victoria, the county seat. Located roughly in the middle of a triangle within San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi, Victoria is a growing area with a diversified economy and the foundation for significant expansion in coming years. The county continues to support its traditional agricultural foundation with an average annual county farm income of $35 to $55 million derived mainly from beef cattle, corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans and rice. It also has strong oil and gas industry, manufacturing facilities, petrochemical plants, agri-business, and tourism base. The county has a significant health care industry with two large hospitals, specialized treatment and emergency care clinics, and nursing homes. Victoria County has also become a retail center for the region in every area of commerce.

The physical features of this Texas upper coastal county have a rolling terrain intersected by many streams, including the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers. It is also linked to the Gulf Coast through Lavaca Bay at its southeast corner. Soils in the county range from sandy loam to clay and alluvial types. Minerals include oil, gas, sand and gravel. Temperatures range from lows in the mid to low 30’s in winter to highs in the mid 90’s to 100’s during the summer.

The area offers beautiful historic Victorian homes and structures which can be found throughout the city. Cultural activities are a vital component to the community, including the Victoria Symphony, the Victoria Community Theater, the Victoria Civic Chorus, and the Children’s Choir.

Acres of parkland, include three golf courses and an abundance of playgrounds and ball parks are available for fun and relaxation. The Gulf Coast Intercoastal Waterway runs south of Seadrift to a point within six miles of the city of Victoria. Victoria Regional Airport offers commuter service to Houston and serves as a base for numerous private aircraft.

One of the many attractions in the city is the Texas Zoo in Riverside Park. It is the world’s only zoo dedicated exclusively to Texas Wildlife. More than 200 animals representing 90 species are displayed in their natural habitat set between native pecan trees and indigenous fauna. The Texas Zoo is one of only a few in the nation chosen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to participate in the Red Wolf Species Survival Program.