kids encyclopedia robot

Waller County, Texas facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Waller County
The Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead
The Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead
Map of Texas highlighting Waller 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 1873
Named for Edwin Waller
Seat Hempstead
Largest city Hempstead
 • Total 518 sq mi (1,340 km2)
 • Land 513 sq mi (1,330 km2)
 • Water 4.4 sq mi (11 km2)  0.8%
 • Total 56,794
 • Density 109.64/sq mi (42.33/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 10th

Waller County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,794. Its county seat is Hempstead. The county was named for Edwin Waller, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and first mayor of Austin.

Waller County is included in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is home of the Prairie View A&M University.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 518 square miles (1,340 km2), of which 513 square miles (1,330 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 9,024
1890 10,888 20.7%
1900 14,246 30.8%
1910 12,138 −14.8%
1920 10,292 −15.2%
1930 10,014 −2.7%
1940 10,280 2.7%
1950 11,961 16.4%
1960 12,071 0.9%
1970 14,285 18.3%
1980 19,798 38.6%
1990 23,390 18.1%
2000 32,663 39.6%
2010 43,205 32.3%
2020 56,794 31.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2020

2020 census

Waller County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 19,260 23,494 44.58% 41.37%
Black or African American alone (NH) 10,537 12,104 24.39% 21.31%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 141 210 0.33% 0.37%
Asian alone (NH) 213 785 0.49% 1.38%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 9 10 0.02% 0.02%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 54 314 0.12% 0.55%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 455 1,391 1.05% 2.45%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 12,536 18,486 29.02% 32.55%
Total 43,205 56,794 100.00% 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.


Houston Executive Airport (3)
Houston Executive Airport

Major highways

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


Houston Executive Airport is located between Brookshire and Katy in an unincorporated area. Skydive Houston Airport (Skylake Airport) is located south of Waller in an unincorporated area.

The Houston Airport System stated that Waller County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County. In addition William P. Hobby Airport in Houston and in Harris County has commercial airline service. 2010}}




Unincorporated areas


Igloo Corporation, a manufacturer of cooling and portable refrigeration products, is headquartered in unincorporated Waller County between Brookshire and Katy. In 2004, Igloo announced that it was consolidating its corporate, distribution, and manufacturing operations in Waller County.

Goya Foods has its Texas offices in an unincorporated area of the county near Brookshire.


School districts serving Waller County include:

  • Hempstead Independent School District
  • Royal Independent School District
  • Katy Independent School District (portions of the district are in other counties)
  • Waller Independent School District (portions of the district are in other counties)

Brazos Valley Sudbury School was previously in operation in Waller County.

Prairie View A&M University is the only university located within the county.

Blinn College is the designated community college for all of the county.

Women's History Month on Kiddle
Women Scientists of Antiquity
Mary the Jewess
kids search engine
Waller County, Texas Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.