Hardin County

Hardin County, Texas

Hardin County, Texas

The Hardin County Courthouse in Kountze, Texas. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Hardin County, in the Big Thicket of Southeast Texas, is part of the larger East Texas Timberlands region. The county's center is sixty-eight miles northeast of Houston, twenty-three miles northwest of Beaumont, and fifty-four miles from the Gulf of Mexico (at 30°20' N, 94°23' W). Although pine and hardwood forests dominate the county's 897 square miles, grasses, native legumes, and dense undergrowths of brush and vines also thrive. Among numerous mammalian species, cougars and bears are sometimes sighted in the forests. Only a small section, in the southwestern corner of the county, is prairie. Pine Island and Little Pine Island bayous join Village and Cypress creeks to drain the area into the Neches River, which forms the eastern county line. Surface soils consist of a sandy loam, and the subsoil is red clay. Quicksand pits are found within forested areas. The elevation rises from thirty to 200 feet; the terrain is level in the west and undulating in the east. The average annual rainfall is fifty-three inches. The average low temperature is 42° in January, and the average high is 93° in July. The growing season lasts 246 days. In addition to timber, oil and gas, sand, gravel, and salt domes are found within the county.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Hardin County is classified as a County

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Hardin County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Hardin County
Pop. Year Source
57,602 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Hardin County
People Year Source
24,129 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$45,982 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Hardin County
USD ($) Year Source
4,033,395,170 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Hardin County
USD ($) Year Source
895,041,147 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Hardin County
USD ($) Year Source
153,631,918 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
10.5 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
61.1 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
37.5 93.6 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Hardin County
Area (square miles) Year Source
890.6 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Hardin County
Area (square miles) Year Source
897.6 2019 United States Census Bureau