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Hardin County
The Hardin County Courthouse in Kountze
The Hardin County Courthouse in Kountze
Map of Texas highlighting Hardin 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 Kountze
Largest city Lumberton
 • Total 898 sq mi (2,330 km2)
 • Land 891 sq mi (2,310 km2)
 • Water 7.0 sq mi (18 km2)  0.8%%
 • Total 54,635
 • Density 61/sq mi (24/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 36th

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. The county seat is Kountze. The county is named for the family of William Hardin from Liberty County, Texas.

Hardin County is part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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


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) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Hardin County is located on the flat coastal plains of Southeast Texas, roughly thirty miles (50 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

  • US 69.svg US 287.svg U.S. Highway 69/U.S. Highway 287
  • US 96.svg U.S. Highway 96
  • Texas 105.svg State Highway 105
  • Texas 326.svg State Highway 326
  • Texas 327.svg State Highway 327

Adjacent counties

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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,353
1870 1,460 7.9%
1880 1,870 28.1%
1890 3,956 111.6%
1900 5,049 27.6%
1910 12,947 156.4%
1920 15,983 23.4%
1930 13,936 −12.8%
1940 15,875 13.9%
1950 19,535 23.1%
1960 24,629 26.1%
1970 29,996 21.8%
1980 40,721 35.8%
1990 41,320 1.5%
2000 48,073 16.3%
2010 54,635 13.7%
Est. 2015 55,865 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

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.

As of the census of 2000, there were 48,073 people, 17,805 households, and 13,638 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 19,836 housing units at an average density of 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. 2.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,805 households out of which 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 non-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 spread out with 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 the median income 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.



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