2020 Washington County Government Home Loan Limits
FHA Loan Limit $331,760 (Single family residence) / $424,800 (Duplex) / $513,450 (Triplex) / $638,100 (Fourplex)
USDA Loan Limit $251,862
VA Home Loan Limit $0 down up to $3,000,000 / 2 open VA loans at one time $510,400 *(Call 888-573-4496 for details).
Washington County is situated approximately halfway between Austin and Houston on U.S. Highway 290. It has arguably one of the most convenient locations of any rural county in east-central Texas. The county has a population of 33,720 with a total area of 622 square miles. The county seat is Brenham.
Washington County was established in 1835, first as a municipality of Mexico and later on as a county in 1837. The area is considered part of the Houston-The Woodlands metropolitan area in Texas. Brenham is about 75 miles west of Houston. Meanwhile, Austin is accessible in the other direction and approximately 90 miles from Brenham.
Brenham is situated along the Brazos River. It is known for having a high concentration of residents with German heritage along with the rest of Washington County. One of the main reasons why is Washington County was the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence and after joining the United States took the interest of several German immigrants leaving during the 1848 German revolutions. Today, the county reports that one-third of all its residents are of German ancestry.
Brenham has a population of 15,715 based on data from the 2010 census. The small city is not only within a short drive of Austin and Houston, but also within reach of College Station. Therefore, a number of high school graduates relocate to College Station (Texas A&M University), Austin (University of Texas), and Houston (University of Houston) for higher education learning.
Sam Houston National Forest is also within a day’s drive of Washington County. The roads that lead to and from Washington County are renown for wildflowers. It sits within the heart of the bluebonnet region in central Texas. There are free guides available to visitors to track some of the best sightings in the county. In 2013, the TV series “Texas Country Reporter” noted the highway between Chappell Hill and Brenham as the number two overal place in Texas for viewing of wildflowers.
The territory is also nicknamed the “Birthplace of Texas” due to serving as the location for the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. Tourists can visit the original location at Washington-on-the-Brazos historic site. Brenham also supports its strong contingency of German heritage with an annual festival each May, called Maifest. The “World’s Largest BBQ Pit” can also be found at 290 West in Brenham.
In terms of employment, Washington County is the headquarters of Blue Bell Creameries. The popular ice cream brand is beloved in Texas, as well as other parts of the United States. In fact, Blue Bell is the fourth highest selling ice cream brean in America. Blue Bell Creameries employs a number of locals as well as Valmont Industries, a manufacturing plant. The county also supports the largest supported living center in the state, which is another primary local employer.
Washington County used the Brenham Independent School District to manage public schools in its largest city. Brenham is also the home of Blinn College, the oldest county-owned junior college in the state. Blinn College has the highest transfer rate regarding sending students to four-year public universities in Texas. Texas A&M University receives the highest number of transfers. The Buccaneers also compete successfully in NJCAA with 30 national championships since 1987. Cam Newton, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, and Don Baylor are just a few examples of famous alumni.
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