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San Jacinto County
The San Jacinto County Courthouse in Coldspring
The San Jacinto County Courthouse in Coldspring
Map of Texas highlighting San Jacinto County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1870
Named for Battle of San Jacinto
Seat Coldspring
Largest city Shepherd
Area
 • Total 628 sq mi (1,630 km2)
 • Land 569 sq mi (1,470 km2)
 • Water 59 sq mi (150 km2)  9.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 27,402
 • Density 43.63/sq mi (16.847/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 8th

San Jacinto County ( san-_-jə-SIN-toh) is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 27,402. Its county seat is Coldspring. The county's name comes from the Battle of San Jacinto which secured Texas' independence from Mexico and established a republic in 1836.

Jacinto County Texas Courthouse
Jacinto City Texas Courthouse located in Coldspring
Old Jail San Jacinto County
Old San Jacinto County Jail

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 628 square miles (1,630 km2), of which 569 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 59 square miles (150 km2) (9.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
    • I-69.svg The future route of Interstate 69 is planned to follow the current route of U.S. 59 in most places.
  • US 190.svg U.S. Highway 190
  • Texas 150.svg State Highway 150
  • Texas 156.svg State Highway 156

The TTC-69 component (recommended preferred) of the once-planned Trans-Texas Corridor went through San Jacinto County.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Sam Houston National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 6,186
1890 7,360 19.0%
1900 10,277 39.6%
1910 9,542 −7.2%
1920 9,867 3.4%
1930 9,711 −1.6%
1940 9,056 −6.7%
1950 7,172 −20.8%
1960 6,153 −14.2%
1970 6,702 8.9%
1980 11,434 70.6%
1990 16,372 43.2%
2000 22,246 35.9%
2010 26,384 18.6%
2020 27,402 3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

San Jacinto County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 20,204 19,170 76.58% 69.96%
Black or African American alone (NH) 2,662 2,083 10.09% 7.60%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 120 123 0.45% 0.45%
Asian alone (NH) 120 86 0.45% 0.31%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 9 15 0.03% 0.05%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 12 74 0.05% 0.27%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 377 1,029 1.43% 3.76%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 2,880 4,882 10.92% 17.60%
Total 26,384 27,402 100.00% 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.

Communities

Cities

Jacinto County Texas Courthouse
Jacinto City Texas Courthouse located in Coldspring

Census-designated places

Education

School districts include

  • Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District
  • Shepherd Independent School District
  • Cleveland Independent School District (partial)
  • Willis Independent School District (partial)

Areas of San Jacinto County in Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD and Shepherd ISD are assigned to Angelina College. Areas in Cleveland ISD and Willis ISD are assigned to Lone Star College.

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