Chambers County, Texas
|Largest city||Mont Belvieu|
|• Total||871 sq mi (2,260 km2)|
|• Land||597 sq mi (1,550 km2)|
|• Water||274 sq mi (710 km2) 31%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||69/sq mi (27/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Congressional districts||14th, 36th|
Chambers County was founded in 1858. It is named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers, a major general in the Texas Revolution.
In 2019, Atlas Air Flight 3591, a cargo flight operating for Amazon Air, crashed in the Trinity Bay, in Chambers County and near Anahuac, while flying from Miami to Houston. All three people onboard were killed.
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) are land and 274 square miles (710 km2) (31%) are covered by water.
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.
- Liberty County (north)
- Jefferson County (east)
- (Gulf of Mexico (southeast))
- Galveston County (southwest)
- Harris County (west)
National protected areas
State and local protected areas
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, 26,031 people, 9,139 households, and 7,219 families were residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per sq mi (17/km2). The 10,336 housing units averaged 17 per sq mi (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 81.88% White, 9.77% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 6.02% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. About 10.79% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.
Of the 9,139 households, 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 not families. About 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 age distribution was 28.90% under 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 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 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.
Chambers County is governed by a five-member commissioners' court, consisting of the county judge and four county commissioners. The county judge is elected to four-year terms in a countywide election. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms from single-member districts.
Chambers County Commissioners' Court
|Office||Name||Political party||First elected||Area(s) represented|
|County judge||Jimmy Sylvia||Republican||1996||Countywide|
|Commissioner, precinct 1||Jimmy E. Gore||Republican||2016||Hankamer, Seabreeze, Stowell, Wallisville, Winnie|
|Commissioner, precinct 2||Mark Tice||Republican||2018||Anahuac, Beach City, Cove, Double Bayou, Oak Island, Smith Point|
|Commissioner, precinct 3||Gary R. Nelson||Republican||2006||Mont Belvieu, Old River-Winfree|
|Commissioner, precinct 4||Billy Combs||Republican||2018||Baytown, Beach City|
|County attorney||Ashley Cain Land||Republican|
|County clerk||Heather H. Hawthorne||Republican|
|District attorney||Cheryl Swope Lieck||Republican|
|District clerk||Patti Henry||Republican|
|Tax assessor-collector||Denise Hutter||Republican|
|County surveyor||Michael W. Chandler|
|Office||Name||Political party||Area(s) represented|
|Constable, precinct 1||Dennis Dugat||Republican||Stowell, Winnie|
|Constable, precinct 2||John Mulryan||Republican||Anahuac, Turtle Bayou, Wallisville|
|Constable, precinct 3||Donnie Standley||Republican||Double Bayou, Oak Island, Smith Point|
|Constable, precinct 4||Ben L. "Butch" Bean||Republican||Mont Belvieu, Old River-Winfree|
|Constable, precinct 5||Bradley W. Moon||Republican||Hankamer, Wallisville|
|Constable, precinct 6||Kirk W. Ritch||Republican||Baytown, Beach City, Cove|
United States Congress
|Senators||Name||Political party||First elected||Level|
|Senate Class 2||John Cornyn||Republican||2002||Senior Senator|
|Senate Class 1||Ted Cruz||Republican||2012||Junior Senator|
|Representatives||Name||Political Party||First Elected||Area(s) Represented|
|Texas's 14th District||Randy Weber||Republican||2012||A small, unpopulated portion of the county that extends to the Gulf of Mexico, across the Intercoastal Waterway.|
|Texas's 36th District||Brian Babin||Republican||2014||All populated areas of the county|
|District||Senator||Political party||First elected||Area(s) represented|
|4||Brandon Creighton||Republican||2014||Countywide, district also covers all of Jefferson County and portions of Galveston, Harris, and Montgomery Counties|
Texas House of Representatives
|District||Representative||Political party||First elected||Area(s) represented|
|23||Mayes Middleton||Republican||2018||Countywide, district also covers portions of Galveston County|
State board of education
|District||Member||Political party||First elected||Area(s) represented|
|7||Matt Robinson||Republican||2018||Countywide, district also covers all of Brazoria, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Sabine, San Augustine, and Tyler Counties and portions of Fort Bend County|
Justices of the peace
|Justice of the peace, precinct 1||Celia Devillier||Republican|
|Justice of the peace, precinct 2||Randy Van Deventer||Republican|
|Justice of the peace, precinct 3||Tracy Woody||Republican|
|Justice of the peace, precinct 4||Blake Sylvia||Republican|
|Justice of the peace, precinct 5||David Hatfield||Republican|
|Justice of the peace, precinct 6||Larry Ray Cryer||Republican|
|Office||Name||Political party||Area(s) represented|
|253rd District Court||Chap B. Cain, III||Republican||Countywide, district also covers Liberty County|
|344th District Court||Randy McDonald||Republican||Countywide|
1st Court of Appeals
|Name||Political party||First elected|
|Chief justice||Sherry Radack||Republican||2004, appointed in 2002|
|Place 2||Gordon Goodman||Democrat||2018|
|Place 3||Veronica Rivas-Molloy||Democrat||2020|
|Place 4||April Farris||Republican||2020 (appointed)|
|Place 5||Amparo Guerra||Democrat||2020|
|Place 6||Sarah Beth Landau||Democrat||2018|
|Place 7||Julie Countiss||Democrat||2018|
|Place 8||Richard Hightower||Democrat||2018|
|Place 9||Peter Kelly||Democrat||2018|
14th Court of Appeals
|Name||Political party||First elected|
|Chief justice||Tracy E. Christopher||Republican||2020|
|Place 2||Kevin Jewell||Republican||2016|
|Place 3||Jerry Zimmerer||Democrat||2018|
|Place 4||Charles A. Spain||Democrat||2018|
|Place 5||Frances Bourliot||Democrat||2018|
|Place 6||Meagan Hassan||Democrat||2018|
|Place 7||Ken Wise||Republican||2014, Appointed in 2013|
|Place 8||Margaret "Meg" Poissant||Democrat||2018|
|Place 9||Randy Wilson||Republican||2020 (appointed)|
All elected county offices are represented by Republicans as of 2020 with the retirement of the Precinct 5 Constable Cecil. R. "Popeye" Oldham, a Democrat, who was last elected in 2016. Bradley Moon won the Republican primary on March 3, 2020, and had no opponent for the November 3, 2020, general election.
Public school districts
The Chambers County Library System operates three libraries in the county.
- Chambers County Library (main branch) in Anahuac
- Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie
- Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch in Mont Belvieu
- Interstate 10
- State Highway 61
- State Highway 65
- State Highway 99 - Grand Parkway (under construction)
- State Highway 146
- See List of Highways in Chambers County for more roadways in Chambers County.
The county operates two airports in unincorporated areas:
- Chambers County Airport is east of Anahuac.
- Chambers County-Winnie Stowell Airport serves Stowell and Winnie.
- List of museums in the Texas Gulf Coast
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Chambers County, Texas
- Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Chambers County
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- "Human remains found after Atlas Air cargo plane crashes in Chambers Co". KTRK-TV. February 23, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
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- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chambers County, Texas.|
- Chambers County government's website
- Chambers County in Handbook of Texas Online from The University of Texas at Austin
- Chambers County, TXGenWeb Focuses on genealogical research in Chambers County.