Chambers County, Texas

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Chambers County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Chambers County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded1858
SeatAnahuac
Largest cityMont Belvieu
Area
 • Total872 sq mi (2,258 km2)
 • Land599 sq mi (1,551 km2)
 • Water273 sq mi (707 km2), 31.27%
Population
 • (2010)35,096
 • Density59/sq mi (22.6/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.chambers.tx.us
 
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Chambers County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Chambers County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded1858
SeatAnahuac
Largest cityMont Belvieu
Area
 • Total872 sq mi (2,258 km2)
 • Land599 sq mi (1,551 km2)
 • Water273 sq mi (707 km2), 31.27%
Population
 • (2010)35,096
 • Density59/sq mi (22.6/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.co.chambers.tx.us

Chambers County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,096.[1] The county seat is Anahuac[2].

Chambers County is included in the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land Metropolitan Area.

History[edit]

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Luz, a Spanish mission in Texas, was established in 1756 near what is now Wallisville.[3]

Chambers County was founded in 1858. It is named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers,[4] a major general in the Texas Revolution.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 871 square miles (2,260 km2), of which 598 square miles (1,550 km2) is land and 274 square miles (710 km2) (31.5%) is water.[5]

The south and southwestern parts of the county lie in the Galveston Bay Area on the shores of Trinity Bay and East Bay. A small portion of the southeastern area lies on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18601,508
18701,503−0.3%
18802,18745.5%
18902,2412.5%
19003,04635.9%
19104,23439.0%
19204,162−1.7%
19305,71037.2%
19407,51131.5%
19507,8714.8%
196010,37931.9%
197012,18717.4%
198018,53852.1%
199020,0888.4%
200026,03129.6%
201035,09634.8%
Est. 201236,1963.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 26,031 people, 9,139 households, and 7,219 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 10,336 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.88% White, 9.77% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 6.02% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 10.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,139 households out of which 40.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.70% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.00% were non-families. 17.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,964, and the median income for a family was $52,986. Males had a median income of $43,351 versus $25,478 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,863. About 8.30% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.30% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

Elected officials[edit]

United States Congress[edit]

SenatorsNamePartyFirst ElectedLevel
 Senate Class 1John CornynRepublican1993Senior Senator
 Senate Class 2Ted CruzRepublican2012Junior Senator
RepresentativesNamePartyFirst ElectedArea(s) of Chambers County Represented
 District 36Steve StockmanRepublicanNew district created with 2010 census. First elected 2012.Entire county

Texas Legislature[edit]

Texas Senate[edit]

District 4: Tommy Williams (R)- first elected in 2002.

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

District 23: Craig Eiland (D)- first elected in 1994.

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

The county operates two airports in unincorporated areas:

In addition, RWJ Airpark, a privately owned airport for public use, is located in Beach City.

The Houston Airport System stated that Chambers County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County.[8]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated areas[edit]

CDPs[edit]

Other areas[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Alvarez, Elizabeth Cruce (Nov 8, 2011). "Texas Almanac 2012–2013". Texas A&M University Press. pp. Contents. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 74. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Master Plan Executive Summary." George Bush Intercontinental Airport Master Plan. Houston Airport System. December 2006. 2-1 (23/130). Retrieved on December 14, 2010.

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Coordinates: 29°42′N 94°41′W / 29.70°N 94.68°W / 29.70; -94.68