Hardin County, Texas

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Hardin County, Texas
Hardin county tx courthouse 2014.jpg
The Hardin County Courthouse in Kountze
Map of Texas highlighting Hardin County
Location in the U.S. 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 www.co.hardin.tx.us

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.

History[edit]

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

Geography[edit]

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) are land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.8%) are covered by water.[5]

Hardin County is located on the flat coastal plains of Southeast Texas, roughly 30 mi (48 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[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18601,353
18701,4607.9%
18801,87028.1%
18903,956111.6%
19005,04927.6%
191012,947156.4%
192015,98323.4%
193013,936−12.8%
194015,87513.9%
195019,53523.1%
196024,62926.1%
197029,99621.8%
198040,72135.8%
199041,3201.5%
200048,07316.3%
201054,63513.7%
Est. 201656,322[6]3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1850–2010[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the 2010 census, Hardin County had a population of 54,635. The ethnic and racial composition of the population was 88.0% non-Hispanic white, 5.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.3% from some other race, and 1.3% from two or more races.[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, 48,073 people, 17,805 households, and 13,638 families resided in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). The 19,836 housing units averaged 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. About 2.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 17,805 households, 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 not 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 distributed as 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 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[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost Towns[edit]

Politics[edit]

United States Congress[edit]

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 Hardin County Represented
  District 36 Brian Babin Republican New district created with 2010 census. First elected 2014. Entire county
Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 86.1% 19,606 12.2% 2,780 1.7% 394
2012 83.3% 17,746 15.8% 3,359 0.9% 192
2008 80.2% 16,603 19.0% 3,939 0.8% 160
2004 72.6% 15,030 27.1% 5,608 0.4% 72
2000 67.1% 11,962 31.4% 5,595 1.6% 279
1996 47.7% 8,529 40.1% 7,179 12.3% 2,192
1992 35.0% 5,885 40.2% 6,753 24.7% 4,155
1988 45.5% 6,897 54.3% 8,245 0.2% 31
1984 55.1% 8,380 44.6% 6,782 0.3% 44
1980 44.3% 6,087 53.6% 7,358 2.1% 287
1976 37.9% 4,046 61.4% 6,558 0.8% 84
1972 63.6% 5,190 36.2% 2,952 0.2% 15
1968 22.4% 1,986 32.7% 2,894 44.9% 3,982
1964 27.8% 1,987 72.0% 5,143 0.2% 16
1960 32.8% 2,115 66.9% 4,315 0.3% 21
1956 47.1% 2,130 52.5% 2,371 0.4% 19
1952 32.5% 1,653 67.4% 3,423 0.1% 6
1948 6.4% 196 73.4% 2,233 20.2% 614
1944 7.8% 243 84.2% 2,632 8.0% 251
1940 7.0% 226 92.9% 2,997 0.1% 2
1936 4.8% 119 95.2% 2,351
1932 5.5% 161 94.5% 2,783
1928 48.0% 951 52.0% 1,032
1924 28.3% 645 66.6% 1,516 5.1% 117
1920 14.7% 202 72.6% 999 12.7% 175
1916 10.3% 158 83.4% 1,279 6.3% 97
1912 7.2% 101 69.6% 979 23.2% 327

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. 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. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  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. ^ 2010 census report for Hardin County, Texas
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 30°20′N 94°23′W / 30.34°N 94.39°W / 30.34; -94.39