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Chambers County, Texas

Chambers County, Texas
The Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac
Map of Texas highlighting Chambers County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1858
Seat Anahuac
Largest city Mont Belvieu
Area
 • Total 871 sq mi (2,256 km2)
 • Land 597 sq mi (1,546 km2)
 • Water 274 sq mi (710 km2), 31%
Population
 • (2010) 35,096
 • Density 59/sq mi (23/km²)
Congressional districts 14th, 36th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.tx.chambers.cowww

Chambers County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,096.[1] The county seat is Anahuac.[2]

Chambers County is included in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected areas 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Politics 4
    • United States Congress 4.1
    • Texas Legislature 4.2
      • Texas Senate 4.2.1
      • Texas House of Representatives 4.2.2
  • Education 5
  • Transportation 6
    • Major highways 6.1
    • Airports 6.2
  • Communities 7
    • Cities 7.1
    • Census-designated places 7.2
    • Unincorporated communities 7.3
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Luz, a Spanish mission in Texas, was established in 1756 near what is now Wallisville.[3]

Chambers County was founded in 1858. It is named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers,[4] a major general in the Texas Revolution.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 871 square miles (2,260 km2), of which 597 square miles (1,550 km2) is land and 274 square miles (710 km2) (31%) is water.[5]

The south and southwestern parts of the county lie in the Galveston Bay Area on the shores of Trinity Bay and East Bay. A small portion of the southeastern area lies on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 26,031 people, 9,139 households, and 7,219 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 10,336 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.88% White, 9.77% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 6.02% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 10.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,139 households out of which 40.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.70% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.00% were non-families. 17.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,964, and the median income for a family was $52,986. Males had a median income of $43,351 versus $25,478 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,863. About 8.30% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.30% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

United States Congress

Senators Name Party First Elected Level
  Senate Class 1 John Cornyn Republican 1993 Senior Senator
  Senate Class 2 Ted Cruz Republican 2012 Junior Senator
Representatives Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Chambers County Represented
  District 36 Brian Babin Republican New district created with 2010 census. First elected 2014. Entire county

Texas Legislature

Texas Senate

District 4: Brandon Creighton (R)- first elected in 2014.

Texas House of Representatives

District 23: Wayne Faircloth (R)- first elected in 2014.

Education

Transportation

Major highways

Airports

The county operates two airports in unincorporated areas:

In addition, RWJ Airpark, a privately owned airport for public use, is located in Beach City.

The

  • Chambers County government's website
  • Handbook of Texas OnlineChambers County in from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Chambers County, TXGenWeb Focuses on genealogical research in Chambers County.

External links

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Alvarez, Elizabeth Cruce (Nov 8, 2011). Texas Almanac 2012–2013. Texas A&M University Press. pp. Contents. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 74. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 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 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ "Master Plan Executive Summary." George Bush Intercontinental Airport Master Plan. Houston Airport System. December 2006. 2-1 (23/130). Retrieved on December 14, 2010.

References

See also

Unincorporated communities

Census-designated places

Cities

Communities

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