Hunt County, Texas

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Hunt County, Texas
Hunt courthouse 2010.jpg
The Hunt County Courthouse in Greenville
Map of Texas highlighting Hunt County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1846
Named for Memucan Hunt, Jr.
Seat Greenville
Largest city Greenville
 • Total 882 sq mi (2,284 km2)
 • Land 840 sq mi (2,176 km2)
 • Water 42 sq mi (109 km2), 4.7%
 • (2010) 86,129
 • Density 102/sq mi (39/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Hunt County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 86,129.[1] Its county seat is Greenville.[2] The county is named for Memucan Hunt, Jr., the first Republic of Texas Minister to United States from 1837 to 1838 and the third Texas Secretary of the Navy from 1838 to 1839.[3]

Hunt County is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 882 square miles (2,280 km2), of which 840 square miles (2,200 km2) is land and 42 square miles (110 km2) (4.7%) is covered by water.[4]


Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,520
1860 6,630 336.2%
1870 10,291 55.2%
1880 17,230 67.4%
1890 31,885 85.1%
1900 47,295 48.3%
1910 48,116 1.7%
1920 50,350 4.6%
1930 49,016 −2.6%
1940 48,793 −0.5%
1950 42,731 −12.4%
1960 39,399 −7.8%
1970 47,948 21.7%
1980 55,248 15.2%
1990 64,343 16.5%
2000 76,596 19.0%
2010 86,129 12.4%
Est. 2016 92,073 [5] 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1850–2010[7] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, 76,596 people, 28,742 households, and 20,521 families resided in the county. The population density was 91 people per square mile (35/km²). The 32,490 housing units averaged 39 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.57% White, 9.45% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.93% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. About 8.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 28,742 households, 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were not families; 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was distributed as 26.50% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,752, and for a family was $44,388. Males had a median income of $33,347 versus $23,085 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,554. About 8.60% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.80% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.


KETR's 40th anniversary celebration in April 2015

Hunt County is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth DMA. Local media outlets are: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, KFWD-TV, and KDTX-TV. Other nearby stations that provide coverage for Hunt County come from the Tyler/Longview/Jacksonville market, and they include: KLTV-TV, KYTX-TV, KFXK-TV, KCEB-TV, and KETK-TV. In addition to this, there is a radio station located at Texas A&M University-Commerce called KETR[9] and located on 88.9 FM on the radio. KETR is a 100,000 watt radio station that can reach up to 75 miles away; the station serves Commerce, A&M-Commerce, Hunt County, and surrounding cities. KGVL in Greenville is another radio station within the county and 2 newspapers besides The Dallas Morning News circulate within the county. They are the Herald-Banner (Greenville) and the Commerce Journal (Commerce).


Heritage House on the campus of Texas A&M University–Commerce
Aerial shot of TAMUC

The following school districts serve Hunt County:

In addition, Texas A&M University-Commerce and Paris Junior College-Greenville Center are located within the county.

Top employers[edit]

Walmart location in Commerce
# Employer # of Employees Location
1 L-3 Communications 6,400 Greenville
T-2 Texas A&M University-Commerce 900 Commerce
T-2 Walmart 900* Commerce, Greenville, Quinlan
4 Greenville Independent School District 702 Greenville
5 Hunt Regional Medical Center 600 Greenville

Note*: A rough estimate of the four combined Walmarts in Hunt County in the cities of Greenville (two: one supercenter and one neighborhood market), Commerce (one supercenter), and Quinlan (one supercenter).

Public Transportation[edit]

A Connection Bus in Greenville.

A public transit called The Connection serves all of Hunt County. The transit operates Monday through Friday from 7am-7pm. Reservations have to be made one day in advance and the transit charges $2 ($4 round trip) if the passenger is traveling to a place within the same community or city, and $3 ($6 round trip) if the passenger is traveling from one city or community to another within Hunt County. Also, the transit will take Hunt County residents to Dallas, this is offered round trip only, passengers are charged $34, and a minimum of three passengers is also required.[10]

Medical services[edit]

Hunt County's medical services are primarily served by Hunt Regional Healthcare, with the Hunt Regional Medical Center located in Greenville being the largest hospital in the county.

Veterans services[edit]

The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 81, located at 2502 Church Street, offers veterans and their dependents a meeting place and assistance with filing and mailing disability forms.

The American Legion Otho Morgan Post 17 meets at 4509 Moulton St.




Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 163. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  9. ^ KETR
  10. ^ "SCRPT - Transportation". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hathcock, James A. "The role of violence in Hunt County, Texas, during Reconstruction," M.S. thesis, University of North Texas, 2004, 101 pages; AAT 1424447 in ProQuest

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Coordinates: 33°07′N 96°05′W / 33.12°N 96.09°W / 33.12; -96.09