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Hardin County, Texas

Hardin County, Texas
The Hardin County Courthouse in Kountze
Map of Texas highlighting Hardin County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1858
Seat Kountze
Largest city Lumberton
Area
 • Total 898 sq mi (2,326 km2)
 • Land 891 sq mi (2,308 km2)
 • Water 7.0 sq mi (18 km2), 0.8%
Population
 • (2010) 54,635
 • Density 61/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional district 36th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.tx.hardin.cowww

Hardin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 54,635.[1] The county seat is Kountze.[2] The county is named for the family of William Hardin from Liberty County, Texas.[3]

Hardin County is part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
    • National protected area 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

The current Hardin County Courthouse was built in 1959. It is at least the third courthouse to serve Hardin County.[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 898 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 891 square miles (2,310 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.8%) is water.[5]

Hardin County is located on the flat coastal plains of Southeast Texas, roughly thirty miles (50 km) north of the Gulf of Mexico. The county is largely covered by the dense forest of the Big Thicket. It is crossed by numerous small streams and creeks which drain the county into the Neches River, which forms the eastern boundary of the county.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Its eastern boundaries with Jasper County and Orange County are formed by the Neches River. The southern boundary with Jefferson County is formed by Pine Island Bayou

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 48,073 people, 17,805 households, and 13,638 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 19,836 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.86% White, 6.91% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 2.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,805 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,612, and the median income for a family was $42,890. Males had a median income of $35,881 versus $22,823 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,962. About 8.8% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 149. 
  4. ^ Duncan, Patricia L. "Hardin County". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Hardin County government's website
  • Handbook of Texas OnlineHardin County in at the University of Texas

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