List of counties in Texas

The U.S. state of Texas is divided into 254 counties, more than any other U.S. state.[1] Texas was originally divided into municipalities, a unit of local government under Spanish and Mexican rule. When the Republic of Texas gained its independence in 1836, the 23 municipalities became the original Texas counties. Many of these were later divided into new counties. The last county to be initially created was Kenedy County in 1921, but Loving County is the newest organized county; it was first organized in 1893 in an apparent scheme to defraud, abolished in 1897, then reorganized in 1931. Most of these recent counties, especially near the northwest, were created from Bexar County during the 1870s.[2][3][4]

Counties of Texas
LocationState of Texas
Number254 Counties
Populations134 (Loving) – 4,652,980 (Harris)
Areas149 square miles (390 km2) (Rockwall) – 6,192 square miles (16,040 km2) (Brewster)
GovernmentCounty government

Each county is run by a commissioners' court, consisting of four elected commissioners (one from each of four precincts drawn based on population) and a county judge elected from all the voters of the county. In smaller counties, the county judge actually does perform judicial duties, but in larger counties, the judge's role is limited to serving on the commissioners' court. Certain officials, such as the sheriff and tax collector, are elected separately by the voters, but the commissioners' court determines their office budgets, and sets overall county policy. All county elections are partisan; the one exception is the board of trustees of the Dallas County department of education (the Harris County trustees were elected on a nonpartisan basis until 1984).[5]

While the counties have eminent domain power and control all unincorporated land within their boundaries, they have neither home-rule authority nor zoning power. The county is responsible for providing essential services (except for fire and ambulance, which are often supplied by volunteer fire departments). Unlike other US states, Texas does not allow for consolidated city-county governments. Cities and counties (as well as other political entities) are permitted to enter "interlocal agreements" to share services (as an example, a city and a school district may enter into agreements with the county whereby the county bills for and collects property taxes for the city and school district; thus, only one tax bill is sent instead of three).[6] School districts are independent of county and city government (with the exception of the Stafford Municipal School District, which is city controlled).

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each entry.[7] Texas's code is 48, which when combined with any county code would be written in the form of 48XXX. The FIPS code for each county in the table links to census data for that county.


FIPS code[8] County seat[9] Est.[9] Origin Etymology Population[10] Area[9] Map
Anderson County 001 Palestine1846Houston CountyKenneth Lewis Anderson (1805–1845), the last vice president of the Republic of Texas 57,741 1,071 sq mi
(2,774 km2)
Andrews County 003 Andrews1876Bexar CountyRichard Andrews (1800–1835), the first Texan soldier to die in the Texas Revolution 17,722 1,501 sq mi
(3,888 km2)
Angelina County 005 Lufkin1846Nacogdoches CountyA Hainai Native American woman who assisted early Spanish missionaries, whom they called "Little Angel" (Spanish: Angelina) 87,805 802 sq mi
(2,077 km2)
Aransas County 007 Rockport1871Refugio CountyAransas Bay, named in turn for an early Spanish fort; this support was supposedly named in turn for a Spanish palace Aránzazu, possibly related to the Sanctuario de Aránzazu. (Arantzazu is Basque for "place of thorns") 25,572 252 sq mi
(653 km2)
Archer County 009 Archer City1858Fannin CountyBranch Tanner Archer, a commissioner for the Republic of Texas 8,809 910 sq mi
(2,357 km2)
Armstrong County 011 Claude1876Bexar CountyOne of several Texas pioneer families, although it is not certain which one 1,879 914 sq mi
(2,367 km2)
Atascosa County 013 Jourdanton1856Bexar CountyThe Spanish word for "boggy" 48,981 1,232 sq mi
(3,191 km2)
Austin County 015 Bellville1836One of the original 23 countiesStephen F. Austin (1793–1836), known as the Father of Texas 29,786 653 sq mi
(1,691 km2)
Bailey County 017 Muleshoe1876Bexar CountyPeter James Bailey III, a soldier and defender of the Alamo 7,077 827 sq mi
(2,142 km2)
Bandera County 019 Bandera1856Bexar CountyBandera Pass, named in turn for the Spanish word for "flag" 22,351 792 sq mi
(2,051 km2)
Bastrop County 021 Bastrop1836One of the original 23 countiesBaron Felipe Enrique Neri de Bastrop, the Dutch settler who provided essential help to Stephen F. Austin in obtaining his original land grants 84,761 888 sq mi
(2,300 km2)
Baylor County 023 Seymour1858Fannin CountyHenry Weidner Baylor, a surgeon in the Texas Rangers during the Mexican–American War 3,581 871 sq mi
(2,256 km2)
Bee County 025 Beeville1857San Patricio County, Goliad County, Refugio County, Live Oak County, and Karnes CountyBarnard Elliott Bee, Sr. (1787–1853), a secretary of state of the Republic of Texas 32,563 880 sq mi
(2,279 km2)
Bell County 027 Belton1850Milam CountyPeter Hansborough Bell, the third governor of Texas (1849–1853) 347,833 1,059 sq mi
(2,743 km2)
Bexar County 029 San Antonio1836One of the original 23 countiesSan Antonio de Béxar, the major presidio in Mexican Texas, named in turn for the San Antonio River and the Spanish viceroy's family, who were Dukes of Béjar in Spain 1,958,578 1,247 sq mi
(3,230 km2)
Blanco County 031 Johnson City1858Burnet County, Comal County, Gillespie County and Hays CountyThe Blanco River. (Blanco is Spanish for "white") 11,626 711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
Borden County 033 Gail1876Bexar CountyGail Borden, Jr. (1801–1874), businessman, publisher, surveyor, and inventor of condensed milk 673 899 sq mi
(2,328 km2)
Bosque County 035 Meridian1854McLennan CountyThe Bosque River. (Bosque is Spanish for "wooded") 18,326 989 sq mi
(2,561 km2)
Bowie County 037 New Boston1840Red River CountyJames Bowie (1796–1836), the legendary knife fighter who died at the Battle of the Alamo 94,012 888 sq mi
(2,300 km2)
Brazoria County 039 Angleton1836One of the original 23 countiesBrazoria, Texas, an early port on the Brazos River 362,457 1,387 sq mi
(3,592 km2)
Brazos County 041 Bryan1841Washington County. Named Navasota County until 1842The Brazos River 222,830 586 sq mi
(1,518 km2)
Brewster County 043 Alpine1887Presidio CountyHenry Percy Brewster (1816–1884), a secretary of war for the Republic of Texas and soldier in the Civil War 9,337 6,193 sq mi
(16,040 km2)
Briscoe County 045 Silverton1876Bexar CountyAndrew Briscoe (1810–1849), a signatory of the Texan Declaration of Independence and soldier during the Texan Revolution 1,528 900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
Brooks County 047 Falfurrias1911Starr CountyJames Abijah Brooks, a Texas Ranger and state legislator 7,235 943 sq mi
(2,442 km2)
Brown County 049 Brownwood1856Comanche County and Travis CountyHenry Stevenson Brown, a commander at the Battle of Velasco 38,053 944 sq mi
(2,445 km2)
Burleson County 051 Caldwell1846Milam CountyEdward Burleson (1798–1851), a general of the Texas Revolution and Vice President of the Republic of Texas 18,011 666 sq mi
(1,725 km2)
Burnet County 053 Burnet1852Bell County, Travis County and Williamson CountyDavid Gouverneur Burnet, the first president of the Republic of Texas (1836) 46,804 995 sq mi
(2,577 km2)
Caldwell County 055 Lockhart1848Bastrop County and Gonzales CountyMathew Caldwell, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and soldier during the Texas Revolution 42,338 546 sq mi
(1,414 km2)
Calhoun County 057 Port Lavaca1846Jackson County, Matagorda County and Victoria CountyJohn C. Calhoun, the seventh vice president of the United States (1825–1832) 21,744 512 sq mi
(1,326 km2)
Callahan County 059 Baird1858Bexar County, Bosque County, and Travis CountyJames Hughes Callahan, a soldier during the Texas Revolution 13,946 899 sq mi
(2,328 km2)
Cameron County 061 Brownsville1848Nueces County and lands ceded by MexicoEwen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution killed during the Black Bean Episode 423,725 906 sq mi
(2,347 km2)
Camp County 063 Pittsburg1874Upshur CountyJohn Lafayette Camp (1828–1891), a Texas state senator 12,855 198 sq mi
(513 km2)
Carson County 065 Panhandle1876Bexar CountySamuel Price Carson, the first secretary of state of the Republic of Texas (1836–1838) 6,032 923 sq mi
(2,391 km2)
Cass County 067 Linden1846Bowie CountyLewis Cass (1782–1866), a senator from Michigan, who had favored the annexation of Texas to the United States.
Named Davis County 1861-1871
30,012 938 sq mi
(2,429 km2)
Castro County 069 Dimmitt1876Bexar CountyHenri Castro (1786–1865), a French consul general for the Republic of Texas and founder of a colony in Texas 7,843 898 sq mi
(2,326 km2)
Chambers County 071 Anahuac1858Jefferson County and Liberty CountyThomas Jefferson Chambers, lawyer and surveyor who helped to resolve land disputes for Americans in Mexican Texas 41,441 599 sq mi
(1,551 km2)
Cherokee County 073 Rusk1846Nacogdoches CountyThe Cherokee Native American tribe 52,240 1,052 sq mi
(2,725 km2)
Childress County 075 Childress1876Bexar CountyGeorge Campbell Childress (1804–1841), one of the authors of the Texas Declaration of Independence 7,067 710 sq mi
(1,839 km2)
Clay County 077 Henrietta1857Cooke CountyHenry Clay, U.S. Senator from Kentucky and ninth secretary of state of the United States (1825–1829) 10,421 1,098 sq mi
(2,844 km2)
Cochran County 079 Morton1876Bexar CountyRobert E. Cochran (1810–1836), a defender of the Alamo 2,851 775 sq mi
(2,007 km2)
Coke County 081 Robert Lee1889Tom Green CountyRichard Coke, the 15th governor of Texas (1874–1876) 3,306 899 sq mi
(2,328 km2)
Coleman County 083 Coleman1858Brown County and Travis CountyRobert M. Coleman, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto 8,430 1,273 sq mi
(3,297 km2)
Collin County 085 McKinney1846Fannin CountyCollin McKinney (1766–1861), an author of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the oldest person to sign it 969,603 848 sq mi
(2,196 km2)
Collingsworth County 087 Wellington1876Bexar CountyJames Collinsworth, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and first chief justice of the Republic of Texas. (spelling differs due to an error in the bill creating the county) 2,987 919 sq mi
(2,380 km2)
Colorado County 089 Columbus1836One of the original 23 countiesThe Colorado River of Texas
(Colorado is Spanish for "colored")
21,232 963 sq mi
(2,494 km2)
Comal County 091 New Braunfels1846Bexar CountyThe Comal River. (Comal is Spanish for "basin") 141,009 562 sq mi
(1,456 km2)
Comanche County 093 Comanche1856Bosque County and Coryell CountyThe Comanche Native American tribe 13,573 938 sq mi
(2,429 km2)
Concho County 095 Paint Rock1858Bexar CountyThe Concho River. (Concho is Spanish for "shell") 2,717 992 sq mi
(2,569 km2)
Cooke County 097 Gainesville1848Fannin CountyWilliam Gordon Cooke, a soldier during the Texas Revolution 39,895 874 sq mi
(2,264 km2)
Coryell County 099 Gatesville1854Bell CountyJames Coryell, a frontiersman and Texas Ranger who was killed by Native Americans 74,913 1,052 sq mi
(2,725 km2)
Cottle County 101 Paducah1876Fannin CountyGeorge Washington Cottle, who died defending the Alamo 1,387 901 sq mi
(2,334 km2)
Crane County 103 Crane1887Tom Green CountyWilliam Carey Crane, a president of Baylor University 4,740 786 sq mi
(2,036 km2)
Crockett County 105 Ozona1875Bexar CountyDavid Crockett (1786–1836), the legendary frontiersman who died at the Battle of the Alamo 3,564 2,808 sq mi
(7,273 km2)
Crosby County 107 Crosbyton1876Bexar CountyStephen Crosby, a Texas Land Commissioner 5,899 900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
Culberson County 109 Van Horn1911El Paso CountyDavid Browning Culberson, a lawyer, U.S. Congressman, and soldier in the Civil War 2,231 3,813 sq mi
(9,876 km2)
Dallam County 111 Dalhart1876Bexar CountyJames Wilmer Dallam, a lawyer and newspaper publisher who had a close association with the Supreme Court of Texas 7,208 1,505 sq mi
(3,898 km2)
Dallas County 113 Dallas1846Nacogdoches County and Robertson CountyGeorge Mifflin Dallas, the eleventh vice president of the United States (1845–1849)


2,618,148 880 sq mi
(2,279 km2)
Dawson County 115 Lamesa1876Bexar CountyNicholas Mosby Dawson, a soldier of the Texan Revolution and victim of the Dawson Massacre 12,813 902 sq mi
(2,336 km2)
Deaf Smith County 117 Hereford1876Bexar CountyErastus "Deaf" Smith (1787–1837), a scout during the Texan Revolution 18,836 1,497 sq mi
(3,877 km2)
Delta County 119 Cooper1870Hopkins County and Lamar CountyIts triangular shape, much like the Greek letter Delta 5,298 277 sq mi
(717 km2)
Denton County 121 Denton1846Fannin CountyJohn Bunyan Denton (1806–1841), a preacher, lawyer, and soldier killed during a raid on a Native American camp 836,210 888 sq mi
(2,300 km2)
DeWitt County 123 Cuero1846Goliad County, Gonzales County and Victoria CountyGreen DeWitt, an empresario who founded an early colony in Texas 20,226 909 sq mi
(2,354 km2)
Dickens County 125 Dickens1876Bexar CountyJ.A. Dickens, who died at the Battle of the Alamo 2,209 904 sq mi
(2,341 km2)
Dimmit County 127 Carrizo Springs1858Bexar County, Maverick County, Uvalde County and Webb CountyPhilip Dimmitt, a major figure in the Texas Revolution 10,418 1,331 sq mi
(3,447 km2)
Donley County 129 Clarendon1876Bexar CountyStockton P. Donley, a frontier lawyer and Texas Supreme Court justice 3,311 930 sq mi
(2,409 km2)
Duval County 131 San Diego1858Live Oak County, Nueces County and Starr CountyBurr Harrison DuVal (1809–1836), a soldier in the Texas Revolution who died in the Goliad Massacre 11,273 1,793 sq mi
(4,644 km2)
Eastland County 133 Eastland1858Bosque County, Coryell County and Travis CountyWilliam Mosby Eastland, a soldier during the Texas Revolution 18,411 926 sq mi
(2,398 km2)
Ector County 135 Odessa1887Tom Green CountyMathew Ector (1822–1879), a Confederate general during the Civil War 157,087 901 sq mi
(2,334 km2)
Edwards County 137 Rocksprings1858Bexar CountyHaden Edwards (1771–1849), empresario and filibuster who led the Fredonian Rebellion 1,953 2,120 sq mi
(5,491 km2)
Ellis County 139 Waxahachie1849Navarro CountyRichard Ellis (1781–1846), president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence 173,620 940 sq mi
(2,435 km2)
El Paso County 141 El Paso1848Santa Fe CountyNeighboring Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, formerly called El Paso del Norte as it served as the pass north from central Mexico to the settlements of New Mexico 840,410 1,013 sq mi
(2,624 km2)
Erath County 143 Stephenville1856Bosque County and Coryell CountyGeorge Bernard Erath, an early surveyor and a soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto 41,969 1,086 sq mi
(2,813 km2)
Falls County 145 Marlin1850Limestone County and Milam CountyThe Falls on the Brazos 17,437 769 sq mi
(1,992 km2)
Fannin County 147 Bonham1837Red River CountyJames Walker Fannin, Jr. (1805–1836), the commander of the Texans killed in the Goliad Massacre 34,446 892 sq mi
(2,310 km2)
Fayette County 149 La Grange1837Bastrop CountyGilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (1757–1834), the French-born general and hero of the American Revolutionary War 25,272 950 sq mi
(2,460 km2)
Fisher County 151 Roby1876Bexar CountySamuel Rhoads Fisher (1794–1839), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and secretary of the Navy under the Republic of Texas 3,880 901 sq mi
(2,334 km2)
Floyd County 153 Floydada1876Bexar CountyDolphin Ward Floyd, who died defending the Alamo 5,855 992 sq mi
(2,569 km2)
Foard County 155 Crowell1891Cottle County, Hardeman County, King County and Knox CountyRobert Levi Foard, an attorney and Confederate major in the Civil War 1,222 707 sq mi
(1,831 km2)
Fort Bend County 157 Richmond1837Austin County, Brazoria County and Harris CountyA blockhouse positioned in a bend of the Brazos River 764,828 875 sq mi
(2,266 km2)
Franklin County 159 Mount Vernon1875Titus CountyBenjamin Cromwell Franklin (1805–1873), a judge and Texas State Senator 10,767 286 sq mi
(741 km2)
Freestone County 161 Fairfield1850Limestone CountyA type of peach grown in the area[11] 19,625 885 sq mi
(2,292 km2)
Frio County 163 Pearsall1858Atascosa County, Bexar County and Uvalde CountyThe Frio River
(Frío is Spanish for "cold")
19,600 1,133 sq mi
(2,934 km2)
Gaines County 165 Seminole1876Bexar CountyJames Gaines, merchant and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence 20,638 1,502 sq mi
(3,890 km2)
Galveston County 167 Galveston1838Brazoria County, Harris County and Liberty CountyBernardo de Gálvez, Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory (1777–1785) 335,036 399 sq mi
(1,033 km2)
Garza County 169 Post1876Bexar CountyJosé Antonio de la Garza, pioneering settler and first Mayor of San Antonio 6,528 896 sq mi
(2,321 km2)
Gillespie County 171 Fredericksburg1848Bexar County and Travis CountyRobert Addison Gillespie, a merchant, Mexican–American War soldier, and Texas Ranger 26,646 1,061 sq mi
(2,748 km2)
Glasscock County 173 Garden City1887Tom Green CountyGeorge Washington Glasscock (1810–1868), an early Texian settler, businessman, soldier, and state representative 1,348 901 sq mi
(2,334 km2)
Goliad County 175 Goliad1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, named in turn as an anagram of Miguel Hidalgo, the inspirational figure behind the Mexican War of Independence 7,562 854 sq mi
(2,212 km2)
Gonzales County 177 Gonzales1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, named in turn for Coahuila y Tejas governor Rafael Gonzales 20,893 1,068 sq mi
(2,766 km2)
Gray County 179 Pampa1876Bexar CountyPeter W. Gray (1819–1874), a lawyer, state senator, and soldier in the Civil War 22,404 928 sq mi
(2,404 km2)
Grayson County 181 Sherman1846Fannin CountyPeter Wagener Grayson, an attorney general of the Republic of Texas 131,140 934 sq mi
(2,419 km2)
Gregg County 183 Longview1873Upshur CountyJohn Gregg (1828–1864), a Confederate general during the Civil War 123,367 274 sq mi
(710 km2)
Grimes County 185 Anderson1846Montgomery CountyJesse Grimes (1788–1866), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and early settler of the future county 28,032 794 sq mi
(2,056 km2)
Guadalupe County 187 Seguin1846Bexar County and Gonzales CountyThe Guadalupe River, named in turn for the Mexican spiritual icon Our Lady of Guadalupe 159,659 711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
Hale County 189 Plainview1876Bexar CountyJohn C. Hale, a lieutenant killed in action at the Battle of San Jacinto 34,134 1,005 sq mi
(2,603 km2)
Hall County 191 Memphis1876Bexar CountyWarren DeWitt Clinton Hall, a secretary of war for the Republic of Texas (1836) 3,071 903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
Hamilton County 193 Hamilton1856Bosque County, Comanche County and Lampasas CountyJames Hamilton Jr., governor of South Carolina (1830–1832) who gave financial aid to the Republic of Texas 8,422 836 sq mi
(2,165 km2)
Hansford County 195 Spearman1876Bexar CountyJohn M. Hansford, a Texas state representative and judge 5,477 920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
Hardeman County 197 Quanah1858Fannin CountyBailey Hardeman, the first secretary of the treasury for the Republic of Texas, and his brother Thomas Jones Hardeman, state representative and judge 3,994 695 sq mi
(1,800 km2)
Hardin County 199 Kountze1858Jefferson County and Liberty CountyThe Hardin family, earliest settlers of Liberty County 57,139 894 sq mi
(2,315 km2)
Harris County 201 Houston1836One of the original 23 countiesJohn Richardson Harris, early settler and founder of Harrisburg, Texas, which eventually became known as Houston
Named Harrisburg County until 1839
4,652,980 1,729 sq mi
(4,478 km2)
Harrison County 203 Marshall1839Shelby CountyJonas Harrison, a lawyer and soldier in the Texas Revolution 66,661 899 sq mi
(2,328 km2)
Hartley County 205 Channing1876Bexar CountyOliver C. and Rufus K. Hartley, brothers and original reporters for the Texas Supreme Court 5,691 1,462 sq mi
(3,787 km2)
Haskell County 207 Haskell1858Fannin County and Milam CountyCharles Ready Haskell, Texas revolutionary soldier killed in the Goliad Massacre 5,746 903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
Hays County 209 San Marcos1848Travis CountyJohn Coffee Hays (1817–1883), a leading Texas Ranger and Mexican–American War officer 214,485 678 sq mi
(1,756 km2)
Hemphill County 211 Canadian1876Bexar CountyJohn Hemphill (1803–1862), U.S. Senator and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court 4,024 910 sq mi
(2,357 km2)
Henderson County 213 Athens1846Houston County and Nacogdoches CountyJames Pinckney Henderson, the first governor of Texas (1846–1847) 81,064 874 sq mi
(2,264 km2)
Hidalgo County 215 Edinburg1852Cameron CountyMiguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753–1811), the priest who raised the call for Mexico's independence from Spain 860,661 1,569 sq mi
(4,064 km2)
Hill County 217 Hillsboro1853Navarro CountyGeorge Washington Hill, a secretary of war and secretary of the navy under the Republic of Texas 35,852 962 sq mi
(2,492 km2)
Hockley County 219 Levelland1876Bexar CountyGeorge Washington Hockley (1802–1854), Chief of Staff of the Texas Army during the Texas Revolution and secretary of war of the Republic of Texas 23,088 908 sq mi
(2,352 km2)
Hood County 221 Granbury1866Johnson CountyJohn Bell Hood (1831–1879), a Confederate lieutenant general and the commander of Hood's Texas Brigade 58,273 422 sq mi
(1,093 km2)
Hopkins County 223 Sulphur Springs1846Lamar County and Nacogdoches CountyDavid Hopkins, an early settler in the future county 36,496 785 sq mi
(2,033 km2)
Houston County 225 Crockett1837Nacogdoches CountySam Houston (1793–1863), general of the Texan Revolution, commander at the Battle of San Jacinto and later president of the Republic of Texas, U.S. Senator and governor of the state of Texas 23,021 1,231 sq mi
(3,188 km2)
Howard County 227 Big Spring1876Bexar CountyVolney Eskine Howard, U.S. Representative from Texas (1849–1853) 36,040 903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
Hudspeth County 229 Sierra Blanca1917El Paso CountyClaude Benton Hudspeth, a U.S. Congressman (1919–1931), rancher, and newspaper publisher 4,408 4,571 sq mi
(11,839 km2)
Hunt County 231 Greenville1846Fannin County and Nacogdoches CountyMemucan Hunt, Jr. (1807–1856), a secretary of the navy under the Republic of Texas 93,872 841 sq mi
(2,178 km2)
Hutchinson County 233 Stinnett1876Bexar CountyAndrew Hutchinson, an early settler and attorney 21,375 887 sq mi
(2,297 km2)
Irion County 235 Mertzon1889Tom Green CountyRobert Anderson Irion (1804–1861), a secretary of state in the Republic of Texas 1,516 1,052 sq mi
(2,725 km2)
Jack County 237 Jacksboro1856Cooke CountyPatrick and William Jack, brothers, participants in the Anahuac Disturbance, and veterans of the Texas Revolution 8,832 917 sq mi
(2,375 km2)
Jackson County 239 Edna1836One of the original 23 countiesAndrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans and the seventh president of the United States (1829–1837) 14,805 830 sq mi
(2,150 km2)
Jasper County 241 Jasper1836One of the original 23 countiesWilliam Jasper (1750–1779), an American Revolutionary War hero 35,561 938 sq mi
(2,429 km2)
Jeff Davis County 243 Fort Davis1887Presidio CountyJefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America (1861–1865) 2,280 2,265 sq mi
(5,866 km2)
Jefferson County 245 Beaumont1836One of the original 23 countiesThomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1801–1809) 256,299 904 sq mi
(2,341 km2)
Jim Hogg County 247 Hebbronville1913Brooks County and Duval CountyJames Stephen Hogg, the twentieth (and first native-born) governor of Texas (1891–1895) 5,202 1,136 sq mi
(2,942 km2)
Jim Wells County 249 Alice1911Nueces CountyJames Babbage Wells Jr., judge and Democratic party boss in southern Texas 40,871 865 sq mi
(2,240 km2)
Johnson County 251 Cleburne1854Ellis County, Hill County and Navarro CountyMiddleton Tate Johnson, a Texas Ranger, soldier in the Mexican–American War, and senator for the Republic of Texas 167,301 729 sq mi
(1,888 km2)
Jones County 253 Anson1854Bexar County and Bosque CountyAnson Jones, the fifth president of the Republic of Texas (1844–1846) 19,983 931 sq mi
(2,411 km2)
Karnes County 255 Karnes City1854Bexar County, DeWitt County, Goliad County, Gonzales County and San Patricio CountyHenry Karnes (1812–1840), a soldier in the Texas Revolution 15,187 750 sq mi
(1,942 km2)
Kaufman County 257 Kaufman1848Henderson CountyDavid Spangler Kaufman, a Jewish Texas state senator and the second Jewish member of the United States House of Representatives 122,883 786 sq mi
(2,036 km2)
Kendall County 259 Boerne1862Blanco County and Kerr CountyGeorge Wilkins Kendall, an early journalist and sheep rancher who gained national fame as a war correspondent during the Mexican–American War 44,026 662 sq mi
(1,715 km2)
Kenedy County 261 Sarita1921Hidalgo County and Willacy County (Due to a reorganization of Willacy County)Mifflin Kenedy, an early rancher and land speculator 417 1,457 sq mi
(3,774 km2)
Kent County 263 Jayton1876Bexar CountyAndrew Kent, who died at the Battle of the Alamo 763 902 sq mi
(2,336 km2)
Kerr County 265 Kerrville1856Bexar CountyJames Kerr (1790–1850), an early colonist in Texas and soldier in the Texas Revolution 51,720 1,106 sq mi
(2,865 km2)
Kimble County 267 Junction1858Bexar CountyGeorge C. Kimbell, who died at the Battle of the Alamo (spelling differs due to an error in the bill creating the county) 4,410 1,251 sq mi
(3,240 km2)
King County 269 Guthrie1876Bexar CountyWilliam Phillip King, who died at the Battle of the Alamo 296 912 sq mi
(2,362 km2)
Kinney County 271 Brackettville1850Bexar CountyHenry Lawrence Kinney, a Texas state senator and unsuccessful land speculator 3,745 1,364 sq mi
(3,533 km2)
Kleberg County 273 Kingsville1913Nueces CountyRobert Justus Kleberg (1803–1888), an early German settler and soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto 31,088 871 sq mi
(2,256 km2)
Knox County 275 Benjamin1858Bexar CountyHenry Knox, the first secretary of war of the United States (1785–1794) 3,710 854 sq mi
(2,212 km2)
Lamar County 277 Paris1840Red River CountyMirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, the third president of the Republic of Texas (1838–1842) 49,587 917 sq mi
(2,375 km2)
Lamb County 279 Littlefield1876Bexar CountyGeorge A. Lamb, who died at the Battle of San Jacinto 13,210 1,016 sq mi
(2,631 km2)
Lampasas County 281 Lampasas1856Bell County, Coryell County and Travis CountyThe Lampasas River
(Lampasas is Spanish for "lilies")
21,207 712 sq mi
(1,844 km2)
La Salle County 283 Cotulla1858Bexar CountyRené Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643–1687), the French explorer who traveled through Texas 7,584 1,489 sq mi
(3,856 km2)
Lavaca County 285 Hallettsville1842Colorado County, Fayette County, Gonzales County, Jackson County and Victoria County
Named La Buca County until 1846
The Lavaca River
(La vaca is Spanish for "the cow")
20,062 970 sq mi
(2,512 km2)
Lee County 287 Giddings1874Bastrop County, Burleson County, Fayette County and Washington CountyRobert Edward Lee (1807–1870), the commanding general of the Confederate forces during the Civil War 17,183 629 sq mi
(1,629 km2)
Leon County 289 Centerville1846Robertson CountyDisputed: Either Mexican empresario Martín De León, who founded Victoria, Texas;
or the león, a local variety of yellow wolf
17,243 1,072 sq mi
(2,776 km2)
Liberty County 291 Liberty1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, which was named either for the recent success of the Mexican War of Independence or for Liberty, Mississippi 83,658 1,160 sq mi
(3,004 km2)
Limestone County 293 Groesbeck1846Robertson CountyThe limestone deposits in the region 23,527 909 sq mi
(2,354 km2)
Lipscomb County 295 Lipscomb1876Bexar CountyAbner Smith Lipscomb, justice of the Texas Supreme Court (1846–1856) and secretary of state of the Republic of Texas (1840) 3,378 932 sq mi
(2,414 km2)
Live Oak County 297 George West1856Nueces County and San Patricio CountyThe Texas live oak tree under which the petition for a new county was signed 12,174 1,036 sq mi
(2,683 km2)
Llano County 299 Llano1856Bexar County, Gillespie CountyThe Llano River
(Llano is Spanish for "plains")
21,210 935 sq mi
(2,422 km2)
Loving County 301 Mentone1887Tom Green County (1891)
Reeves County (1931)
Oliver Loving (1812–1867), a cattle rancher and pioneer of the cattle drive who, with Charles Goodnight, developed the Goodnight–Loving Trail 134 673 sq mi
(1,743 km2)
Lubbock County 303 Lubbock1876Bexar CountyThomas Saltus Lubbock (1817–1862), a Texas Ranger and Confederate colonel during the Civil War 305,225 900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
Lynn County 305 Tahoka1876Bexar CountyWilliam Lynn, a soldier in the Texas Revolution from Massachusetts who is believed to have died defending the Alamo 5,859 892 sq mi
(2,310 km2)
McCulloch County 307 Brady1856Bexar CountyBenjamin McCulloch (1811–1862), veteran of San Jacinto, Texas Ranger, and Confederate general 7,957 1,069 sq mi
(2,769 km2)
McLennan County 309 Waco1850Limestone County and Milam CountyNeil McLennan, an early settler in the future county 251,259 1,042 sq mi
(2,699 km2)
McMullen County 311 Tilden1858Atascosa County, Bexar County and Live Oak CountyJohn McMullen (1832–1883), an Irish-born empresario in Texas 778 1,113 sq mi
(2,883 km2)
Madison County 313 Madisonville1853Grimes County, Leon County and Walker CountyJames Madison, the fourth president of the United States (1809–1817) 14,222 470 sq mi
(1,217 km2)
Marion County 315 Jefferson1860Cass CountyFrancis Marion (1732–1795), American Revolutionary War general 10,064 381 sq mi
(987 km2)
Martin County 317 Stanton1876Bexar CountyWylie Martin, a Texas Revolutionary soldier and legislative representative for the Republic of Texas 5,626 915 sq mi
(2,370 km2)
Mason County 319 Mason1858Gillespie CountyFort Mason, which was named for either Lt. George T. Mason, killed during the Mexican–American War in fighting near Brownsville, or for Gen. Richard Barnes Mason, military governor of California 4,222 932 sq mi
(2,414 km2)
Matagorda County 321 Bay City1836One of the original 23 countiesThe canebrakes which once grew along the coast
(Mata gorda is Spanish for "fat bush")
36,840 1,114 sq mi
(2,885 km2)
Maverick County 323 Eagle Pass1856Kinney CountySamuel Augustus Maverick (1803–1870), a rancher, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and representative in the Republic of Texas legislature 58,216 1,280 sq mi
(3,315 km2)
Medina County 325 Hondo1848Bexar CountyThe Medina River, named for Spanish engineer Pedro Medina 50,066 1,328 sq mi
(3,440 km2)
Menard County 327 Menard1858Bexar CountyMichel Branamour Menard, the founder of Galveston, Texas 2,124 902 sq mi
(2,336 km2)
Midland County 329 Midland1885Tom Green CountyIts county seat, which was named for its location halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso on the Texas and Pacific Railway (and "Midway, Texas", being already in use) 165,049 900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
Milam County 331 Cameron1836One of the original 23 countiesBenjamin Rush Milam (1788–1835), an early Texas colonizer and soldier in the Texas Revolution 25,053 1,017 sq mi
(2,634 km2)
Mills County 333 Goldthwaite1887Brown County, Comanche County, Hamilton County and Lampasas CountyJohn T. Mills (1817–1871), a Texas Supreme Court judge 4,921 748 sq mi
(1,937 km2)
Mitchell County 335 Colorado City1876Bexar CountyAsa and Eli Mitchell, two early settlers and soldiers in the Texas Revolution 8,468 910 sq mi
(2,357 km2)
Montague County 337 Montague1857Cooke CountyDaniel Montague, a state senator and early surveyor in the future county 19,539 931 sq mi
(2,411 km2)
Montgomery County 339 Conroe1837Washington CountyMontgomery, Texas, which in turn was named for Montgomery County, Alabama, which was in turn named for Lemuel P. Montgomery 570,934 1,044 sq mi
(2,704 km2)
Moore County 341 Dumas1876Bexar CountyEdwin Ward Moore (1810–1865), commodore of the Texan Navy 22,097 900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
Morris County 343 Daingerfield1875Titus CountyWilliam Wright Morris, a planter and state legislator 12,467 254 sq mi
(658 km2)
Motley County 345 Matador1876Bexar CountyJunius William Mottley, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence 1,230 989 sq mi
(2,561 km2)
Nacogdoches County 347 Nacogdoches1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, which was named for the Nacogdoche Native American tribe 65,580 947 sq mi
(2,453 km2)
Navarro County 349 Corsicana1846Robertson CountyJosé Antonio Navarro (1795–1871), a leading Tejano participant in the Texan Revolution and signer of the Texan Declaration of Independence 48,701 1,071 sq mi
(2,774 km2)
Newton County 351 Newton1846Jasper CountyJohn Newton (1755–1780), a veteran of the Revolutionary War 13,952 933 sq mi
(2,416 km2)
Nolan County 353 Sweetwater1876Bexar CountyPhilip Nolan (1771–1801), a mustanger who was killed by Spanish troops while on a mission into Texas 14,770 912 sq mi
(2,362 km2)
Nueces County 355 Corpus Christi1846San Patricio CountyThe Nueces River
(Nueces is Spanish for "nuts")
361,221 836 sq mi
(2,165 km2)
Ochiltree County 357 Perryton1876Bexar CountyWilliam Beck Ochiltree (1811–1867), secretary of the treasury for the Republic of Texas and legislator for the state of Texas 10,073 918 sq mi
(2,378 km2)
Oldham County 359 Vega1876Bexar CountyWilliamson Simpson Oldham, a Confederate Senator for Texas 2,114 1,501 sq mi
(3,888 km2)
Orange County 361 Orange1852Jefferson CountyAn orange grove planted by early settlers at the mouth of the Sabine River 85,047 356 sq mi
(922 km2)
Palo Pinto County 363 Palo Pinto1856Bosque County and Navarro CountyThe Palo Pinto Creek
(Palo Pinto is Spanish for "painted stick")
28,570 953 sq mi
(2,468 km2)
Panola County 365 Carthage1846Harrison County and Shelby CountyA Native American word for cotton. 23,243 801 sq mi
(2,075 km2)
Parker County 367 Weatherford1855Bosque County and Navarro CountyIsaac Parker, legislator for both the Republic of Texas and the state of Texas 133,463 904 sq mi
(2,341 km2)
Parmer County 369 Farwell1876Bexar CountyMartin Parmer (1778–1850), a Republic of Texas legislator, judge, and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence 9,842 882 sq mi
(2,284 km2)
Pecos County 371 Fort Stockton1871Presidio CountyThe Pecos River, which was named for the Pecos Pueblo, which is of unknown etymology 15,634 4,764 sq mi
(12,339 km2)
Polk County 373 Livingston1846Liberty CountyJames Knox Polk, the eleventh president of the United States (1845–1849) 49,162 1,057 sq mi
(2,738 km2)
Potter County 375 Amarillo1876Bexar CountyRobert Potter (1800–1842), secretary of the navy for the Republic of Texas, and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence 120,458 909 sq mi
(2,354 km2)
Presidio County 377 Marfa1850Santa Fe CountyPresidio del Norte, an eighteenth-century fort and settlement on the south side of the Rio Grande 7,156 3,856 sq mi
(9,987 km2)
Rains County 379 Emory1870Hopkins County, Hunt County and Wood CountyEmory Rains (1800–1878), a state senator and surveyor of the future county 11,762 232 sq mi
(601 km2)
Randall County 381 Canyon1876Bexar CountyHorace Randal, a Confederate brigadier general in the Civil War 134,442 914 sq mi
(2,367 km2)
Reagan County 383 Big Lake1903Tom Green CountyJohn H. Reagan (1818–1905), Confederate postmaster general, U.S. Congressman, and Governor of Texas 3,710 1,175 sq mi
(3,043 km2)
Real County 385 Leakey1913Bandera County, Edwards County and Kerr CountyJulius Real, a rancher and state senator 3,429 700 sq mi
(1,813 km2)
Red River County 387 Clarksville1836One of the original 23 countiesThe Red River of Texas 12,229 1,050 sq mi
(2,719 km2)
Reeves County 389 Pecos1883Pecos CountyGeorge Robertson Reeves, a Texas state representative and colonel in the Confederate army 15,281 2,636 sq mi
(6,827 km2)
Refugio County 391 Refugio1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, which was named for the Spanish mission Nuestra Señora del Refugio, "Our Lady of Refuge" 7,224 770 sq mi
(1,994 km2)
Roberts County 393 Miami1876Bexar CountyJohn S. Roberts, a signer of the Texan Declaration of Independence, and his brother Oran Milo Roberts, attorney general for the Republic of Texas and the seventeenth governor of Texas 938 924 sq mi
(2,393 km2)
Robertson County 395 Franklin1837Bexar County, Milam County and Nacogdoches CountySterling Clack Robertson, an empresario in Mexican Texas 17,203 855 sq mi
(2,214 km2)
Rockwall County 397 Rockwall1873Kaufman CountyIts county seat, which was named for a submerged stone wall found by its initial settlers 96,788 149 sq mi
(386 km2)
Runnels County 399 Ballinger1858Bexar County and Travis CountyHiram Runnels, the ninth governor of Mississippi (1833–1835) and planter in Texas 10,266 1,054 sq mi
(2,730 km2)
Rusk County 401 Henderson1843Nacogdoches CountyThomas Jefferson Rusk (1803–1857), a general in the Texas Revolution 52,833 924 sq mi
(2,393 km2)
Sabine County 403 Hemphill1836One of the original 23 countiesThe Sabine River, which forms its eastern border
(Sabina is Spanish for "cypress")
10,461 490 sq mi
(1,269 km2)
San Augustine County 405 San Augustine1836One of the original 23 countiesPresumably Augustine of Hippo (354–430) 8,253 528 sq mi
(1,368 km2)
San Jacinto County 407 Coldspring1870Liberty County, Montgomery County, Polk County and Walker CountyThe Battle of San Jacinto, which won Texas its independence from Mexico 28,270 571 sq mi
(1,479 km2)
San Patricio County 409 Sinton1836One of the original 23 countiesIts former county seat San Patricio de Hibernia, an Irish colony named for Saint Patrick 67,215 692 sq mi
(1,792 km2)
San Saba County 411 San Saba1856Bexar CountyThe San Saba River, discovered on the Catholic feast of Saint Sabbas 5,959 1,134 sq mi
(2,937 km2)
Schleicher County 413 Eldorado1887Crockett CountyGustav Schleicher, engineer and U.S. Congressman from Texas 3,001 1,311 sq mi
(3,395 km2)
Scurry County 415 Snyder1876Bexar CountyWilliam Read Scurry (1821–1864), a Texas state legislator and Confederate general 17,050 903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
Shackelford County 417 Albany1858Bosque CountyJack Shackelford, a soldier of the Texas Revolution 3,328 914 sq mi
(2,367 km2)
Shelby County 419 Center1836One of the original 23 countiesIsaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War soldier from Tennessee and governor of Kentucky (1792–1796) (1812–1816) 25,513 794 sq mi
(2,056 km2)
Sherman County 421 Stratford1876Bexar CountySidney Sherman (1805–1873), a soldier in the Texas Revolution 3,067 923 sq mi
(2,391 km2)
Smith County 423 Tyler1846Nacogdoches CountyJames Smith, a general during the Texas Revolution 227,727 928 sq mi
(2,404 km2)
Somervell County 425 Glen Rose1875Hood CountyAlexander Somervell, a soldier in the Texas Revolution and leader of the Somervell Expedition 8,845 187 sq mi
(484 km2)
Starr County 427 Rio Grande City1848Nueces CountyJames Harper Starr (1809–1890), a treasurer for the Republic of Texas and Confederate official 64,454 1,223 sq mi
(3,168 km2)
Stephens County 429 Breckenridge1858Bosque County
Named Buchanan County until 1861
Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the only vice-president of the Confederate States of America (1861–1865) 9,337 895 sq mi
(2,318 km2)
Sterling County 431 Sterling City1891Tom Green CountyW. S. Sterling, an early rancher, buffalo hunter, and Native American fighter 1,295 923 sq mi
(2,391 km2)
Stonewall County 433 Aspermont1876Bexar CountyThomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824–1863), the famous Confederate General 1,388 919 sq mi
(2,380 km2)
Sutton County 435 Sonora1887Crockett CountyJohn Schuyler Sutton, a Texas Ranger and soldier in the Texas Revolution and Mexican–American War 3,767 1,454 sq mi
(3,766 km2)
Swisher County 437 Tulia1876Bexar CountyJames Gibson Swisher, a soldier of the Texas Revolution 7,515 900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
Tarrant County 439 Fort Worth1849Navarro CountyEdward H. Tarrant, a U.S. Army general who drove the Native Americans out of the future county 2,054,475 864 sq mi
(2,238 km2)
Taylor County 441 Abilene1858Bexar County and Travis CountyEdward Taylor (1812–1836), George Taylor (1816–1836), and James Taylor (1814–1836), three brothers who died at the Alamo 136,290 916 sq mi
(2,372 km2)
Terrell County 443 Sanderson1905Pecos CountyAlexander Watkins Terrell, attorney, judge, state legislator, diplomat, and Confederate cavalry officer 810 2,358 sq mi
(6,107 km2)
Terry County 445 Brownfield1876Bexar CountyFrank Terry, a Confederate colonel and commander of Terry's Texas Rangers 12,715 890 sq mi
(2,305 km2)
Throckmorton County 447 Throckmorton1858Fannin CountyWilliam Edward Throckmorton, an early Collin County settler 1,527 912 sq mi
(2,362 km2)
Titus County 449 Mount Pleasant1846Bowie CountyAndrew Jackson Titus, planter and Texas state representative 32,904 411 sq mi
(1,064 km2)
Tom Green County 451 San Angelo1874Bexar CountyThomas Green (1814–1864), a Confederate brigadier general 118,019 1,522 sq mi
(3,942 km2)
Travis County 453 Austin1840Bastrop CountyWilliam Barret Travis (1809–1836), the commander of the Texan forces at the Alamo 1,226,698 989 sq mi
(2,561 km2)
Trinity County 455 Groveton1850Houston CountyThe Trinity River, named for the spiritual concept of the Trinity 14,667 693 sq mi
(1,795 km2)
Tyler County 457 Woodville1846Liberty CountyJohn Tyler, the tenth president of the United States (1841–1845) 21,539 923 sq mi
(2,391 km2)
Upshur County 459 Gilmer1846Harrison CountyAbel Parker Upshur, the fifteenth secretary of state of the United States (1843–1844) 41,281 588 sq mi
(1,523 km2)
Upton County 461 Rankin1887Tom Green CountyJohn C. & William F. Upton, brothers and lieutenant colonels in the Confederate army during the Civil War 3,663 1,242 sq mi
(3,217 km2)
Uvalde County 463 Uvalde1850Bexar CountyThe Cañón de Ugalde, a nearby battlefield where Spanish General Juan de Ugalde was victorious in a skirmish with over 300 Apaches 27,132 1,557 sq mi
(4,033 km2)
Val Verde County 465 Del Rio1885Crockett County, Kinney County and Pecos CountyCivil War Battle of Val Verde
(Val Verde is Spanish for "green valley")
49,205 3,171 sq mi
(8,213 km2)
Van Zandt County 467 Canton1848Henderson CountyIsaac Van Zandt (1813–1847), attorney, Texas state representative, and diplomat 55,182 849 sq mi
(2,199 km2)
Victoria County 469 Victoria1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, which was named for Guadalupe Victoria, Mexican revolutionary and its first president (1824–1829) 92,084 883 sq mi
(2,287 km2)
Walker County 471 Huntsville1846Montgomery CountySamuel Hamilton Walker (1815–1847), a Texas Ranger and soldier in the Mexican–American War 72,245 788 sq mi
(2,041 km2)
Waller County 473 Hempstead1873Austin County and Grimes CountyEdwin Waller (1800–1881), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first mayor of Austin, Texas 51,307 514 sq mi
(1,331 km2)
Ward County 475 Monahans1887Tom Green CountyThomas William Ward, a commissioner for the General Land Office of Texas and mayor of Austin, Texas 11,472 836 sq mi
(2,165 km2)
Washington County 477 Brenham1836One of the original 23 countiesGeorge Washington, the first president of the United States (1789–1797) 35,043 609 sq mi
(1,577 km2)
Webb County 479 Laredo1848Nueces CountyJames Webb, who served as secretary of the Treasury, secretary of State, and Attorney General of the Republic of Texas 274,794 3,357 sq mi
(8,695 km2)
Wharton County 481 Wharton1846Colorado County, Jackson County and Matagorda CountyWilliam Harris Wharton (1802–1839) and John Austin Wharton (1828–1865), brothers and officers in the Texas Revolution 41,968 1,090 sq mi
(2,823 km2)
Wheeler County 483 Wheeler1876Bexar CountyRoyal Tyler Wheeler, the second Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court 5,358 914 sq mi
(2,367 km2)
Wichita County 485 Wichita Falls1858Cooke CountyThe Wichita Native American tribe 132,000 628 sq mi
(1,627 km2)
Wilbarger County 487 Vernon1858Bexar CountyJosiah P. (1801–1845) and Mathias Wilbarger, brothers and early settlers; Josiah became a mythical figure for living 11 years after being scalped 12,764 971 sq mi
(2,515 km2)
Willacy County 489 Raymondville1911Cameron County and Hidalgo CountyJohn G. Willacy, Texas state senator who was the author of the bill that established the county 21,584 597 sq mi
(1,546 km2)
Williamson County 491 Georgetown1848Milam CountyRobert McAlpin Williamson, a leader and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto 547,545 1,124 sq mi
(2,911 km2)
Wilson County 493 Floresville1860Bexar County, Guadalupe County and Karnes CountyJames Charles Wilson, a Texas state senator (1851–1853) 49,304 807 sq mi
(2,090 km2)
Winkler County 495 Kermit1887Tom Green CountyClinton Winkler, an appeals court judge, Texas state representative, and Confederate colonel 7,574 841 sq mi
(2,178 km2)
Wise County 497 Decatur1856Cooke CountyHenry Alexander Wise, the U.S. Congressman and future thirty-eighth governor of Virginia (1856–1860) who supported the annexation of Texas 66,181 905 sq mi
(2,344 km2)
Wood County 499 Quitman1850Van Zandt CountyGeorge Tyler Wood, the second governor of Texas (1847–1849) 44,314 650 sq mi
(1,683 km2)
Yoakum County 501 Plains1876Bexar CountyHenderson King Yoakum (1810–1856), soldier, attorney, and Texas historian 8,568 800 sq mi
(2,072 km2)
Young County 503 Graham1856Bosque County and Fannin CountyWilliam Cocke Young, early Texas settler, attorney, sheriff, and United States Marshal 17,979 922 sq mi
(2,388 km2)
Zapata County 505 Zapata1858Starr County and Webb CountyJosé Antonio Zapata, a local rancher and colonel of the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande 14,322 997 sq mi
(2,582 km2)
Zavala County 507 Crystal City1846Maverick CountyLorenzo de Zavala (1788–1836), signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first Vice-President of the Republic of Texas 11,948 1,299 sq mi
(3,364 km2)

Defunct counties

There have been at least thirty-two counties established by Texas law that no longer exist. These fall into five categories: judicial counties; counties established by the Constitutional Convention of 1868–69; counties never organized which were abolished by legislative act; counties whose territory is no longer considered part of the state; and counties whose names have been changed.[12]

See also


  1. "How Many Counties are in Your State?". Click and Learn. Archived from the original on 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  2. "TSHA: County organization". The Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  3. "TSHA: Kenedy County". The Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  4. "TSHA: Loving County". The Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  5. "County government structure". Texas Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2007-04-08. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
  6. "County official information". Texas Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
  7. "FIPS Publish 6-4". National Institute of Standards and Technology. Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-11.
  8. "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA. Archived from the original on 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2007-04-09.
  9. National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
  10. "American FactFinder - Results". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  11. "Texas Association of Counties facts". Texas Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2007-04-08. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
  12. "TSHA Defunct Counties". The Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2007-04-20.


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