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San Jacinto County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting San Jacinto County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1870
Seat Coldspring
Largest City Shepherd
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

628 sq mi (1,627 km²)
569 sq mi (1,474 km²)
59 sq mi (153 km²), 9.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

26,384
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.san-jacinto.tx.us
Named for: Battle of San Jacinto

San Jacinto County (/ˌsæn əˈsɪnt/ SAN ja-SIN-toh) is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 26,384. Its county seat is Coldspring. The county's name comes from the Battle of San Jacinto which, in 1836, secured Texas' independence from Mexico and established a republic.

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%
Est. 2015 27,413 3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,246 people, 8,651 households, and 6,401 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 11,520 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.64% White, 12.64% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.63% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 4.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,651 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 22.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,220, and the median income for a family was $37,781. Males had a median income of $34,614 versus $22,313 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,144. About 15.10% of families and 18.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.80% of those under age 18 and 17.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Jacinto County Texas Courthouse
Jacinto City Texas Courthouse located in Coldspring

Census-designated places


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