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Kenedy County
The Kenedy County Courthouse in Sarita
The Kenedy County Courthouse in Sarita
Map of Texas highlighting Kenedy 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 1921
Named for Mifflin Kenedy
Seat Sarita
Largest community Sarita
 • Total 1,946 sq mi (5,040 km2)
 • Land 1,458 sq mi (3,780 km2)
 • Water 487 sq mi (1,260 km2)  25%
 • Total 350
 • Density 0.1799/sq mi (0.0694/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 34th

Kenedy County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 350. It is the third-least populous county in Texas and fourth-least populous in the United States. Its county seat is Sarita. The county was created in 1921 from parts of Hidalgo and Willacy counties and is named for Mifflin Kenedy, an early area rancher and steamboat operator.

Kenedy County is included in the Kingsville, TX Kingsville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, TX Combined Statistical Area. There are no incorporated municipalities in Kenedy County.

In 1999, Hurricane Bret struck the county, but damage was minimal due to the sparse population. The Peñascal Wind Power Project was built near Sarita in the early 21st Century and is expected to slightly raise the population of the area.

The King Ranch, of which Mifflin Kenedy had been a partner prior to 1868, covers a large part of the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,946 square miles (5,040 km2), of which 1,458 square miles (3,780 km2) is land and 487 square miles (1,260 km2) (25%) is water. In total area, Kenedy is the 13th largest county in Texas. In land area only, it is the 25th-largest county in Texas. It borders the Gulf of Mexico. Baffin Bay makes up much of the border with Kleberg County.

Major highways

US 77 is the only highway (federal or state) in Kenedy County.

  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
    • I-69E.svg The future route of Interstate 69E is planned to follow the current route of U.S. 77 in most places.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Padre Island National Seashore (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,033
1930 701 −32.1%
1940 700 −0.1%
1950 632 −9.7%
1960 884 39.9%
1970 678 −23.3%
1980 543 −19.9%
1990 460 −15.3%
2000 414 −10.0%
2010 416 0.5%
2020 350 −15.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Kenedy County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 86 73 20.67% 20.86%
Black or African American alone (NH) 1 0 0.24% 0.00%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 6 7 1.44% 2.00%
Asian alone (NH) 1 0 0.24% 0.00%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 1 0.00% 0.29%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 2 2 0.48% 0.57%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 1 6 0.24% 1.71%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 319 261 76.68% 74.57%
Total 416 350 100.00% 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.


Census-designated place

Unincorporated community


Almost all of Kenedy County is served by Sarita Elementary School (PreK-6) of the Kenedy County Wide Common School District. Of the nine Texas counties having only one school apiece, the population of Sarita Elementary School was the smallest.

A small portion of Kenedy County is served by the Riviera Independent School District.

Del Mar College is the designated community college for all of Kenedy County.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Condado de Kenedy para niños

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