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Tom Green County
Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo
Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo
Official seal of Tom Green County
Map of Texas highlighting Tom Green 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 1875
Named for General Thomas Green
Seat San Angelo
Largest city San Angelo
 • Total 1,541 sq mi (3,990 km2)
 • Land 1,522 sq mi (3,940 km2)
 • Water 19 sq mi (50 km2)  1.2%
 • Total 120,003
 • Density 77.873/sq mi (30.067/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 11th
San Angelo September 2019 06 (Judge Michael D. Brown Justice Center)
Judge Michael D. Brown Justice Center across from the Tom Green County Courthouse

Tom Green County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, its population was 120,003. Its county seat is San Angelo. The county was created in 1874 and organized the following year. It is named for Thomas Green, who was a Confederate soldier and lawyer. Tom Green County is included in the San Angelo metropolitan statistical area.


The county was established by the state legislature on March 13, 1874, and named after Thomas Green, a Confederate brigadier general. It originally comprised an area over 60,000 square miles (160,000 km2).

The original county seat was the town of Ben Ficklin. In 1882, flood waters of the Concho River destroyed the town and drowned 65 people. The county seat was moved to San(ta) Angela. In 1883, the town's name was officially changed to San Angelo by the United States Post Office.

Tom Green County has an unusual shape, with a long, narrow strip of land extending to the west. This feature is because Reagan County to the west used to be part of Tom Green County, and the state of Texas required that all counties have a contiguous land route to their county seat. Therefore, the small strip of land served to connect the two main regions. In 1903, the residents of the western section voted to form their own county (Reagan County), while in the same vote it was decided that the connecting strip would remain as part of Tom Green County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,541 square miles (3,990 km2), of which 1,522 square miles (3,940 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (1.2%) is covered by water.

Major highways

  • US 67.svg U.S. Highway 67
  • US 87.svg U.S. Highway 87
  • US 277.svg U.S. Highway 277
  • SH 208

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 3,615
1890 5,152 42.5%
1900 6,804 32.1%
1910 17,882 162.8%
1920 15,210 −14.9%
1930 36,033 136.9%
1940 39,302 9.1%
1950 58,929 49.9%
1960 64,630 9.7%
1970 71,047 9.9%
1980 84,784 19.3%
1990 98,458 16.1%
2000 104,010 5.6%
2010 110,224 6.0%
2020 120,003 8.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Tom Green County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 63,799 62,390 57.88% 51.99%
Black or African American alone (NH) 3,997 4,010 3.63% 3.34%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 406 366 0.37% 0.30%
Asian alone (NH) 1,046 1,704 0.95% 1.42%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 78 143 0.07% 0.12%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 129 369 0.12% 0.31%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,454 3,955 1.32% 3.30%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 39,315 47,066 35.67% 39.22%
Total 110,224 120,003 100.00% 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.


Former Texas Theater in downtown San Angelo IMG 4476
Former Texas Theater in downtown San Angelo


Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

Military Base

  • Goodfellow AFB


U.S. Hwy. 87 north of San Angelo, TX IMG 1399
View from U.S. Highway 87 northwest of San Angelo in Tom Green County


Public school districts

  • Christoval Independent School District
  • Grape Creek Independent School District
  • Miles Independent School District
  • San Angelo Independent School District
  • Veribest Independent School District
  • Wall Independent School District
  • Water Valley Independent School District


Major highways

  • US 67.svg U.S. Highway 67
  • US 87.svg U.S. Highway 87
  • US 277.svg U.S. Highway 277
  • SH 208
  • Texas Loop 306.svg SH Loop 306

Notable resident

  • August Pfluger is an American politician and retired military officer, and he is the U.S. representative for Texas's 11th congressional district.

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See also

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