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Chambers County
The Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac
The Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac
Map of Texas highlighting Chambers County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1858
Seat Anahuac
Largest city Mont Belvieu
Area
 • Total 871 sq mi (2,260 km2)
 • Land 597 sq mi (1,550 km2)
 • Water 274 sq mi (710 km2)  31%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 46,571
 • Density 53.468/sq mi (20.644/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 14th, 36th

Chambers County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 46,571. The county seat is Anahuac.

Chambers County is one of the nine counties that comprise Greater Houston, the HoustonThe WoodlandsSugar Land metropolitan statistical area.

History

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

Chambers County was founded in 1858. It is named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers, 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.

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

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,508
1870 1,503 −0.3%
1880 2,187 45.5%
1890 2,241 2.5%
1900 3,046 35.9%
1910 4,234 39.0%
1920 4,162 −1.7%
1930 5,710 37.2%
1940 7,511 31.5%
1950 7,871 4.8%
1960 10,379 31.9%
1970 12,187 17.4%
1980 18,538 52.1%
1990 20,088 8.4%
2000 26,031 29.6%
2010 35,096 34.8%
2020 46,571 32.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Chambers County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 24,767 29,858 70.57% 64.11%
Black or African American alone (NH) 2,817 3,148 8.03% 6.76%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 134 161 0.38% 0.35%
Asian alone (NH) 326 622 0.93% 1.34%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 13 0 0.04% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 25 215 0.07% 0.46%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 379 1,615 1.08% 3.47%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 6,635 10,952 18.91% 23.52%
Total 35,096 46,571 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-10 (TX).svg Interstate 10
  • Texas 61.svg State Highway 61
  • Texas 65.svg State Highway 65
  • Toll Texas 99.svg State Highway 99 - Grand Parkway (under construction)
  • Texas 146.svg State Highway 146
  • See List of Highways in Chambers County for more roadways in Chambers County.

Airports

The county operates two airports in unincorporated areas:

  • Chambers County Airport is east of Anahuac.
  • Chambers County-Winnie Stowell Airport serves Stowell and Winnie.

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

The Houston Airport System stated that Chambers County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Education

Public school districts

  • Goose Creek CISD
  • Barbers Hill ISD
  • Anahuac ISD
  • East Chambers ISD

Higher education

  • Lee College

Public libraries

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
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