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Walker County
The Walker County Courthouse in 2014
The Walker County Courthouse in 2014
Map of Texas highlighting Walker County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1846
Named for Robert J. Walker, Renamed for Samuel H. Walker
Seat Huntsville
Largest city Huntsville
 • Total 802 sq mi (2,080 km2)
 • Land 784 sq mi (2,030 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (40 km2)  2.2%%
 • Total 67,861
 • Density 87/sq mi (34/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 8th

Walker County is a county located in the east central section of the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 67,861. Its county seat is Huntsville. Initially, Walker County was named for Robert J. Walker, a legislator from Mississippi who introduced into the United States Congress the resolution to annex Texas. Walker later supported the U.S. during its Civil War and earned some enmity for it. In order to keep the county's name, the state renamed it for Samuel H. Walker (no relation), a Texas Ranger and soldier in the United States Army.

Walker County comprises the Huntsville Micropolitan Statistical Area which is part of the HoustonThe Woodlands Combined Statistical Area.

Americans James Mitchell (1795–1870) and his wife, the former Calpernia Franklin (1805–1865), immigrated to the future Walker County in 1833 and were awarded a Mexican land grant. Mitchell, who became one of the first county commissioners, established the Mitchell House and Inn on the Old San Antonio Road, also known as El Camino Real. During the 1840s, the house was a stop for weary and hungry stagecoach travelers.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 802 square miles (2,080 km2), of which 784 square miles (2,030 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.2%) is water.

Major Highways

  • I-45.svg Interstate 45
  • US 190.svg U.S. Highway 190
  • Texas 19.svg State Highway 19
  • Texas 30.svg State Highway 30
  • Texas 75.svg State Highway 75

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Sam Houston National Forest (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,964
1860 8,191 106.6%
1870 9,766 19.2%
1880 12,024 23.1%
1890 12,874 7.1%
1900 15,813 22.8%
1910 16,061 1.6%
1920 18,556 15.5%
1930 18,528 −0.2%
1940 19,868 7.2%
1950 20,163 1.5%
1960 21,475 6.5%
1970 27,680 28.9%
1980 41,789 51.0%
1990 50,917 21.8%
2000 61,758 21.3%
2010 67,861 9.9%
2019 (est.) 72,971 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 61,758 people, 18,303 households, and 11,384 families residing in the county. The population density was 78 people per square mile (30/km2). There were 21,099 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 69.12% white, 23.88% black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.42% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 14.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,303 households, out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.80% were married couples living together, 11.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.80% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 18.00% under the age of 18, 23.00% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 18.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 151.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 161.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,468, and the median income for a family was $42,589. Males had a median income of $27,634 versus $22,579 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,508. About 10.60% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated community


Sam Houston State University is located in Huntsville.

School districts serving portions of the county include:

  • Huntsville Independent School District
  • New Waverly Independent School District
  • Richards Independent School District (portion)
  • Trinity Independent School District (portion)

The Gulf Coast Trades Center, a charter school, is in an unincorporated area of the county.

The Huntsville and New Waverly ISDs are assigned to Lone Star College. Areas of Walker County in Trinity ISD are assigned to Angelina College. The portion of Richards ISD in Walker County is zoned to Blinn College.

Notable people

  • Eugene C. Barker
  • Marilyn McAdams Sibley
  • Slater Martin (Basketball Player)
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