List of counties in Texas

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The 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, there were 23 municipalities, which became the original Texas counties. Many of these would later be divided into new counties. The last county to be initially created was Kenedy County in 1921, but Loving County is the newest county; it was first created in 1893, abolished in 1897, then re-created in 1931. Most of these recent counties, especially near the northwest, were created from Bexar County during the 1870s.[2][3][4]

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 non-partisan 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
County seat
Anderson County001Palestine1846Houston CountyKenneth Lewis Anderson (1805–1845), the last vice president of the Republic of Texas58,4581,071 sq mi
(2,774 km2)
State map highlighting Anderson County
Andrews County003Andrews1876Bexar CountyRichard Andrews (?–1835), the first Texan soldier to die in the Texas Revolution14,7861,501 sq mi
(3,888 km2)
State map highlighting Andrews County
Angelina County005Lufkin1846Nacogdoches CountyA Hainai Native American woman who assisted early Spanish missionaries, whom they called "Little Angel" (Spanish: Angelina)86,771802 sq mi
(2,077 km2)
State map highlighting Angelina County
Aransas County007Rockport1871Refugio 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")22,497252 sq mi
(653 km2)
State map highlighting Aransas County
Archer County009Archer City1858Fannin CountyBranch Tanner Archer, a commissioner for the Republic of Texas8,854910 sq mi
(2,357 km2)
State map highlighting Archer County
Armstrong County011Claude1876Bexar CountyOne of several Texas pioneer families, although it is not certain which one2,148914 sq mi
(2,367 km2)
State map highlighting Armstrong County
Atascosa County013Jourdanton1856Bexar CountyThe Spanish word for "boggy"38,6281,232 sq mi
(3,191 km2)
State map highlighting Atascosa County
Austin County015Bellville1836One of the original 23 countiesStephen F. Austin (1793–1836), known as the Father of Texas23,590653 sq mi
(1,691 km2)
State map highlighting Austin County
Bailey County017Muleshoe1876Bexar CountyPeter James Bailey III, a soldier and defender of the Alamo6,594827 sq mi
(2,142 km2)
State map highlighting Bailey County
Bandera County019Bandera1856Bexar CountyBandera Pass, named in turn for the Spanish word for "flag"17,645792 sq mi
(2,051 km2)
State map highlighting Bandera County
Bastrop County021Bastrop1836One of the original 23 countiesFelipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop, the Dutch settler who provided essential help to Stephen F. Austin in obtaining his original land grants57,733888 sq mi
(2,300 km2)
State map highlighting Bastrop County
Baylor County023Seymour1858Fannin CountyHenry Weidner Baylor, a surgeon in the Texas Rangers during the Mexican-American War4,093871 sq mi
(2,256 km2)
State map highlighting Baylor County
Bee County025Beeville1857San 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 Texas32,359880 sq mi
(2,279 km2)
State map highlighting Bee County
Bell County027Belton1850Milam CountyPeter Hansborough Bell, the third governor of Texas (1849–1853)237,9741,059 sq mi
(2,743 km2)
State map highlighting Bell County
Bexar County029San 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 Spain1,392,9311,247 sq mi
(3,230 km2)
State map highlighting Bexar County
Blanco County031Johnson City1858Burnet County, Comal County, Gillespie County and Hays CountyThe Blanco River. (Blanco is Spanish for "white")8,418711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
State map highlighting Blanco County
Borden County033Gail1876Bexar CountyGail Borden, Jr. (1801–1874), businessman, publisher, surveyor, and inventor of condensed milk729899 sq mi
(2,328 km2)
State map highlighting Borden County
Bosque County035Meridian1854McLennan CountyThe Bosque River. (Bosque is Spanish for "wooded")17,204989 sq mi
(2,561 km2)
State map highlighting Bosque County
Bowie County037Boston1840Red River CountyJames Bowie (1796–1836), the legendary knife fighter who died at the Battle of the Alamo89,306888 sq mi
(2,300 km2)
State map highlighting Bowie County
Brazoria County039Angleton1836One of the original 23 countiesBrazoria, Texas, an early port on the Brazos River241,7671,387 sq mi
(3,592 km2)
State map highlighting Brazoria County
Brazos County041Bryan1841Washington County. Named Navasota County until 1842The Brazos River152,415586 sq mi
(1,518 km2)
State map highlighting Brazos County
Brewster County043Alpine1887Presidio CountyHenry Percy Brewster (1816–1884), a secretary of war for the Republic of Texas and soldier in the Civil War8,8666,193 sq mi
(16,040 km2)
State map highlighting Brewster County
Briscoe County045Silverton1876Bexar CountyAndrew Briscoe (1810–1849), a signatory of the Texan Declaration of Independence and soldier during the Texan Revolution1,790900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
State map highlighting Briscoe County
Brooks County047Falfurrias1911Starr CountyJames Abijah Brooks, a Texas Ranger and state legislator7,976943 sq mi
(2,442 km2)
State map highlighting Brooks County
Brown County049Brownwood1856Comanche County and Travis CountyHenry Stevenson Brown, a commander at the Battle of Velasco37,674944 sq mi
(2,445 km2)
State map highlighting Brown County
Burleson County051Caldwell1846Milam CountyEdward Burleson (1798–1851), a general of the Texas Revolution and Vice President of the Republic of Texas16,470666 sq mi
(1,725 km2)
State map highlighting Burleson County
Burnet County053Burnet1852Bell County, Travis County and Williamson CountyDavid Gouverneur Burnet, the first president of the Republic of Texas (1836)34,147995 sq mi
(2,577 km2)
State map highlighting Burnet County
Caldwell County055Lockhart1848Bastrop County and Gonzales CountyMathew Caldwell, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and soldier during the Texas Revolution32,194546 sq mi
(1,414 km2)
State map highlighting Caldwell County
Calhoun County057Port Lavaca1846Jackson County, Matagorda County and Victoria CountyJohn C. Calhoun, the seventh vice president of the United States (1825–1832)20,647512 sq mi
(1,326 km2)
State map highlighting Calhoun County
Callahan County059Baird1858Bexar County, Bosque County, and Travis CountyJames Hughes Callahan, a soldier during the Texas Revolution12,905899 sq mi
(2,328 km2)
State map highlighting Callahan County
Cameron County061Brownsville1848Nueces County and lands ceded by MexicoEwen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution killed during the Black Bean Episode335,227906 sq mi
(2,347 km2)
State map highlighting Cameron County
Camp County063Pittsburg1874Upshur CountyJohn Lafayette Camp (1828–1891), a Texas state senator11,549198 sq mi
(513 km2)
State map highlighting Camp County
Carson County065Panhandle1876Bexar CountySamuel Price Carson, the first secretary of state of the Republic of Texas (1836–1838)6,516923 sq mi
(2,391 km2)
State map highlighting Carson County
Cass County067Linden1846Bowie CountyLewis Cass (1782–1866), a senator from Michigan who had favored the annexation of Texas to the United States. Named Davis County 1861–187130,438938 sq mi
(2,429 km2)
State map highlighting Cass County
Castro County069Dimmitt1876Bexar CountyHenri Castro (1786–1865), a French consul general for the Republic of Texas and founder of a colony in Texas8,285898 sq mi
(2,326 km2)
State map highlighting Castro County
Chambers County071Anahuac1858Jefferson County and Liberty CountyThomas Jefferson Chambers, lawyer and surveyor who helped to resolve land disputes for Americans in Mexican Texas26,031599 sq mi
(1,551 km2)
State map highlighting Chambers County
Cherokee County073Rusk1846Nacogdoches CountyThe Cherokee Native American tribe46,6591,052 sq mi
(2,725 km2)
State map highlighting Cherokee County
Childress County075Childress1876Bexar CountyGeorge Campbell Childress (1804–1841), one of the authors of the Texas Declaration of Independence7,688710 sq mi
(1,839 km2)
State map highlighting Childress County
Clay County077Henrietta1857Cooke CountyU.S. Senator from Henry Clay Kentucky and ninth secretary of state of the United States (1825–1829)11,0061,098 sq mi
(2,844 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Cochran County079Morton1876Bexar CountyRobert E. Cochran (1810–1836), a defender of the Alamo3,730775 sq mi
(2,007 km2)
State map highlighting Cochran County
Coke County081Robert Lee1889Tom Green CountyRichard Coke, the fifteenth governor of Texas (1874–1876)3,864899 sq mi
(2,328 km2)
State map highlighting Coke County
Coleman County083Coleman1858Brown County and Travis CountyRobert M. Coleman, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto9,2351,273 sq mi
(3,297 km2)
State map highlighting Coleman County
Collin County085McKinney1846Fannin CountyCollin McKinney (1766–1861), an author of the Texas Declaration of Independence491,675848 sq mi
(2,196 km2)
State map highlighting Collin County
Collingsworth County087Wellington1876Bexar 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)3,206919 sq mi
(2,380 km2)
State map highlighting Collingsworth County
Colorado County089Columbus1836One of the original 23 countiesThe Colorado River of Texas
(Colorado is Spanish for "red")
20,390963 sq mi
(2,494 km2)
State map highlighting Colorado County
Comal County091New Braunfels1846Bexar CountyThe Comal River .(Comal is Spanish for "basin")78,021562 sq mi
(1,456 km2)
State map highlighting Comal County
Comanche County093Comanche1856Bosque County and Coryell CountyThe Comanche Native American tribe14,026938 sq mi
(2,429 km2)
State map highlighting Comanche County
Concho County095Paint Rock1858Bexar CountyThe Concho River. (Concho is Spanish for "shell")3,966992 sq mi
(2,569 km2)
State map highlighting Concho County
Cooke County097Gainesville1848Fannin CountyWilliam Gordon Cooke, a soldier during the Texas Revolution36,363874 sq mi
(2,264 km2)
State map highlighting Cooke County
Coryell County099Gatesville1854Bell CountyJames Coryell, a frontiersman and Texas Ranger who was killed by Native Americans74,9781,052 sq mi
(2,725 km2)
State map highlighting Coryell County
Cottle County101Paducah1876Fannin CountyGeorge Washington Cottle, who died defending the Alamo1,904901 sq mi
(2,334 km2)
State map highlighting Cottle County
Crane County103Crane1887Tom Green CountyWilliam Carey Crane, a president of Baylor University3,996786 sq mi
(2,036 km2)
State map highlighting Crane County
Crockett County105Ozona1875Bexar CountyDavid Crockett (1786–1836), the legendary frontiersman who died at the Battle of the Alamo4,0992,808 sq mi
(7,273 km2)
State map highlighting Crockett County
Crosby County107Crosbyton1876Bexar CountyStephen Crosby, a Texas Land Commissioner7,072900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
State map highlighting Crosby County
Culberson County109Van Horn1911El Paso CountyDavid Browning Culberson, a lawyer, U.S. Congressman, and soldier in the Civil War2,9753,813 sq mi
(9,876 km2)
State map highlighting Culberson County
Dallam County111Dalhart1876Bexar CountyJames Wilmer Dallam, a lawyer and newspaper publisher who had a close association with the Supreme Court of Texas6,2221,505 sq mi
(3,898 km2)
State map highlighting Dallam County
Dallas County113Dallas1846Nacogdoches County and Robertson CountyGeorge Mifflin Dallas, the eleventh vice president of the United States (1845–1849)


2,294,706880 sq mi
(2,279 km2)
State map highlighting Dallas County
Dawson County115Lamesa1876Bexar CountyNicholas Mosby Dawson, a soldier of the Texan Revolution and victim of the Dawson Massacre14,985902 sq mi
(2,336 km2)
State map highlighting Dawson County
Deaf Smith County117Hereford1876Bexar CountyErastus "Deaf" Smith (1787–1837), a scout during the Texan Revolution18,5611,497 sq mi
(3,877 km2)
State map highlighting Deaf Smith County
Delta County119Cooper1870Hopkins County and Lamar CountyIts triangular shape, much like the Greek letter Delta5,327277 sq mi
(717 km2)
State map highlighting Delta County
Denton County121Denton1846Fannin CountyJohn Bunyan Denton (1806–1841), a preacher, lawyer, and soldier killed during a raid on a Native American camp584,238888 sq mi
(2,300 km2)
State map highlighting Denton County
DeWitt County123Cuero1846Goliad County, Gonzales County and Victoria CountyGreen DeWitt, an empresario who founded an early colony in Texas20,013909 sq mi
(2,354 km2)
State map highlighting DeWitt County
Dickens County125Dickens1876Bexar CountyJ.A. Dickens, who died at the Battle of the Alamo2,762904 sq mi
(2,341 km2)
State map highlighting Dickens County
Dimmit County127Carrizo Springs1858Bexar County, Maverick County, Uvalde County and Webb CountyPhilip Dimmitt, a major figure in the Texas Revolution10,2481,331 sq mi
(3,447 km2)
State map highlighting Dimmit County
Donley County129Clarendon1876Bexar CountyStockton P. Donley, a frontier lawyer and Texas Supreme Court justice3,828930 sq mi
(2,409 km2)
State map highlighting Donley County
Duval County131San Diego1858Live Oak County, Nueces County and Starr CountyBurr Harrison DuVal (1809–1836), a soldier in the Texas Revolution who died in the Goliad Massacre13,1201,793 sq mi
(4,644 km2)
State map highlighting Duval County
Eastland County133Eastland1858Bosque County, Coryell County and Travis CountyWilliam Mosby Eastland, a soldier during the Texas Revolution18,297926 sq mi
(2,398 km2)
State map highlighting Eastland County
Ector County135Odessa1887Tom Green CountyMathew Ector (1822–1879), a Confederate general during the Civil War121,123901 sq mi
(2,334 km2)
State map highlighting Ector County
Edwards County137Rocksprings1858Bexar CountyHaden Edwards (1771–1849), empresario and filibuster who led the Fredonian Rebellion2,1622,120 sq mi
(5,491 km2)
State map highlighting Edwards County
Ellis County139Waxahachie1849Navarro CountyRichard Ellis (1781–1846), president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence111,360940 sq mi
(2,435 km2)
State map highlighting Ellis County
El Paso County141El 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 Mexico721,5981,013 sq mi
(2,624 km2)
State map highlighting El Paso County
Erath County143Stephenville1856Bosque County and Coryell CountyGeorge Bernard Erath, an early surveyor and a soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto33,0011,086 sq mi
(2,813 km2)
State map highlighting Erath County
Falls County145Marlin1850Limestone County and Milam CountyThe Falls on the Brazos18,576769 sq mi
(1,992 km2)
State map highlighting Falls County
Fannin County147Bonham1837Red River CountyJames Walker Fannin, Jr. (1805–1836), the commander of the Texans killed in the Goliad Massacre31,242892 sq mi
(2,310 km2)
State map highlighting Fannin County
Fayette County149La Grange1837Bastrop CountyGilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (1757–1834), the French-born general and hero of the American Revolutionary War21,804950 sq mi
(2,460 km2)
State map highlighting Fayette County
Fisher County151Roby1876Bexar CountySamuel Rhoads Fisher (1794–1839), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and secretary of the Navy under the Republic of Texas4,344901 sq mi
(2,334 km2)
State map highlighting Fisher County
Floyd County153Floydada1876Bexar CountyDolphin Ward Floyd, who died defending the Alamo7,771992 sq mi
(2,569 km2)
State map highlighting Floyd County
Foard County155Crowell1891Cottle County, Hardeman County, King County and Knox CountyRobert Levi Foard, an attorney and Confederate major in the Civil War1,622707 sq mi
(1,831 km2)
State map highlighting Foard County
Fort Bend County157Richmond1837Austin County, Brazoria County and Harris CountyA blockhouse positioned in a bend of the Brazos River354,452875 sq mi
(2,266 km2)
State map highlighting Fort Bend County
Franklin County159Mount Vernon1875Titus CountyBenjamin Cromwell Franklin (1805–1873), a judge and Texas State Senator9,458286 sq mi
(741 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Freestone County161Fairfield1850Limestone CountyA type of peach grown in the area[10]17,867885 sq mi
(2,292 km2)
State map highlighting Freestone County
Frio County163Pearsall1858Atascosa County, Bexar County and Uvalde CountyThe Frio River
(Frio is Spanish for "cold")
16,2521,133 sq mi
(2,934 km2)
State map highlighting Frio County
Gaines County165Seminole1876Bexar CountyJames Gaines, merchant and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence14,4671,502 sq mi
(3,890 km2)
State map highlighting Gaines County
Galveston County167Galveston1838Brazoria County, Harris County and Liberty CountyBernardo de Gálvez, Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory (1777–1785)277,563399 sq mi
(1,033 km2)
State map highlighting Galveston County
Garza County169Post1876Bexar CountyJosé Antonio de la Garza, pioneering settler and first Mayor of San Antonio4,872896 sq mi
(2,321 km2)
State map highlighting Garza County
Gillespie County171Fredericksburg1848Bexar County and Travis CountyRobert Addison Gillespie, a merchant, Mexican-American War soldier, and Texas Ranger20,8141,061 sq mi
(2,748 km2)
State map highlighting Gillespie County
Glasscock County173Garden City1887Tom Green CountyGeorge Washington Glasscock (1810–1868), an early Texian settler, businessman, soldier, and state representative1,406901 sq mi
(2,334 km2)
State map highlighting Glasscock County
Goliad County175Goliad1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, named in turn as an anagram of Miguel Hidalgo, the inspirational figure behind the Mexican War of Independence6,928854 sq mi
(2,212 km2)
State map highlighting Goliad County
Gonzales County177Gonzales1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, named in turn for Coahuila y Tejas governor Rafael Gonzales18,6281,068 sq mi
(2,766 km2)
State map highlighting Gonzales County
Gray County179Pampa1876Bexar CountyPeter W. Gray (1819–1874), a lawyer, state senator, and soldier in the Civil War22,744928 sq mi
(2,404 km2)
State map highlighting Gray County
Grayson County181Sherman1846Fannin CountyPeter Wagener Grayson, an attorney general of the Republic of Texas110,595934 sq mi
(2,419 km2)
State map highlighting Grayson County
Gregg County183Longview1873Upshur CountyJohn Gregg (1828–1864), a Confederate general during the Civil War111,379274 sq mi
(710 km2)
State map highlighting Gregg County
Grimes County185Anderson1846Montgomery CountyJesse Grimes (1788–1866), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and early settler of the future county23,552794 sq mi
(2,056 km2)
State map highlighting Grimes County
Guadalupe County187Seguin1846Bexar County and Gonzales CountyThe Guadalupe River, named in turn for the Mexican spiritual icon Our Lady of Guadalupe89,023711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
State map highlighting Guadalupe County
Hale County189Plainview1876Bexar CountyJohn C. Hale, a lieutenant killed in action at the Battle of San Jacinto36,6021,005 sq mi
(2,603 km2)
State map highlighting Hale County
Hall County191Memphis1876Bexar CountyWarren DeWitt Clinton Hall, a secretary of war for the Republic of Texas (1836)3,782903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
State map highlighting Hall County
Hamilton County193Hamilton1856Bosque County, Comanche County and Lampasas CountyJames Hamilton Jr., governor of South Carolina (1830–1832) who gave financial aid to the Republic of Texas8,229836 sq mi
(2,165 km2)
State map highlighting Hamilton County
Hansford County195Spearman1876Bexar CountyJohn M. Hansford, a Texas state representative and judge5,369920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
State map highlighting Hansford County
Hardeman County197Quanah1858Fannin CountyBailey Hardeman, the first secretary of the treasury for the Republic of Texas, and his brother Thomas Jones Hardeman, state representative and judge4,724695 sq mi
(1,800 km2)
State map highlighting Hardeman County
Hardin County199Kountze1858Jefferson County and Liberty CountyThe Hardin family, earliest settlers of Liberty County48,073894 sq mi
(2,315 km2)
State map highlighting Hardin County
Harris County201Houston1836One 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
3,693,0501,729 sq mi
(4,478 km2)
State map highlighting Harris County
Harrison County203Marshall1839Shelby CountyJonas Harrison, a lawyer and soldier in the Texas Revolution62,110899 sq mi
(2,328 km2)
State map highlighting Harrison County
Hartley County205Channing1876Bexar CountyOliver C. and Rufus K. Hartley, brothers and original reporters for the Texas Supreme Court5,5371,462 sq mi
(3,787 km2)
State map highlighting Hartley County
Haskell County207Haskell1858Fannin County and Milam CountyCharles Ready Haskell, Texas revolutionary soldier killed in the Goliad Massacre6,093903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
State map highlighting Haskell County
Hays County209San Marcos1848Travis CountyJohn Coffee Hays (1817–1883), a leading Texas Ranger and Mexican-American War officer97,589678 sq mi
(1,756 km2)
State map highlighting Hays County
Hemphill County211Canadian1876Bexar CountyJohn Hemphill (1803–1862), U.S. Senator and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court3,351910 sq mi
(2,357 km2)
State map highlighting Hemphill County
Henderson County213Athens1846Houston County and Nacogdoches CountyJames Pinckney Henderson, the first governor of Texas (1846–1847)73,277874 sq mi
(2,264 km2)
State map highlighting Henderson County
Hidalgo County215Edinburg1852Cameron CountyMiguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753–1811), the priest who raised the call for Mexico's independence from Spain569,4631,569 sq mi
(4,064 km2)
State map highlighting Hidalgo County
Hill County217Hillsboro1853Navarro CountyGeorge Washington Hill, a secretary of war and secretary of the navy under the Republic of Texas32,321962 sq mi
(2,492 km2)
State map highlighting Hill County
Hockley County219Levelland1876Bexar CountyGeorge Washington Hockley (1802–1854), Chief of Staff of the Texas Army during the Texas Revolution and secretary of war of the Republic of Texas22,716908 sq mi
(2,352 km2)
State map highlighting Hockley County
Hood County221Granbury1866Johnson CountyJohn Bell Hood (1831–1879), a Confederate lieutenant general and the commander of Hood's Texas Brigade41,100422 sq mi
(1,093 km2)
State map highlighting Hood County
Hopkins County223Sulphur Springs1846Lamar County and Nacogdoches CountyDavid Hopkins, an early settler in the future county31,960785 sq mi
(2,033 km2)
State map highlighting Hopkins County
Houston County225Crockett1837Nacogdoches 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 Texas23,1851,231 sq mi
(3,188 km2)
State map highlighting Houston County
Howard County227Big Spring1876Bexar CountyVolney Eskine Howard, U.S. Representative from Texas (1849–1853)33,627903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Hudspeth County229Sierra Blanca1917El Paso CountyClaude Benton Hudspeth, a U.S. Congressman (1919–1931), rancher, and newspaper publisher3,3444,571 sq mi
(11,839 km2)
State map highlighting Hudspeth County
Hunt County231Greenville1846Fannin County and Nacogdoches CountyMemucan Hunt, Jr. (1807–1856), a secretary of the navy under the Republic of Texas76,596841 sq mi
(2,178 km2)
State map highlighting Hunt County
Hutchinson County233Stinnett1876Bexar CountyAndrew Hutchinson, an early settler and attorney23,857887 sq mi
(2,297 km2)
State map highlighting Hutchinson County
Irion County235Mertzon1889Tom Green CountyRobert Anderson Irion (1804–1861), a secretary of state in the Republic of Texas1,7711,052 sq mi
(2,725 km2)
State map highlighting Irion County
Jack County237Jacksboro1856Cooke CountyPatrick and William Jack, brothers, participants in the Anahuac Disturbance, and veterans of the Texas Revolution8,763917 sq mi
(2,375 km2)
State map highlighting Jack County
Jackson County239Edna1836One of the original 23 countiesAndrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans and the seventh president of the United States (1829–1837)14,391830 sq mi
(2,150 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jasper County241Jasper1836One of the original 23 countiesWilliam Jasper (1750–1779), an American Revolutionary War hero35,604938 sq mi
(2,429 km2)
State map highlighting Jasper County
Jeff Davis County243Fort Davis1887Presidio CountyJefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America (1861–1865)2,2072,265 sq mi
(5,866 km2)
State map highlighting Jeff Davis County
Jefferson County245Beaumont1836One of the original 23 countiesThomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1801–1809)252,051904 sq mi
(2,341 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Jim Hogg County247Hebbronville1913Brooks County and Duval CountyJames Stephen Hogg, the twentieth (and first native-born) governor of Texas (1891–1895)5,2811,136 sq mi
(2,942 km2)
State map highlighting Jim Hogg County
Jim Wells County249Alice1911Nueces CountyJames Babbage Wells Jr., judge and Democratic party boss in southern Texas39,326865 sq mi
(2,240 km2)
State map highlighting Jim Wells County
Johnson County251Cleburne1854Ellis County, Hill County and Navarro CountyMiddleton Tate Johnson, a Texas Ranger, soldier in the Mexican-American War, and senator for the Republic of Texas126,811729 sq mi
(1,888 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Jones County253Anson1854Bexar County and Bosque CountyAnson Jones, the fifth president of the Republic of Texas (1844–1846)20,785931 sq mi
(2,411 km2)
State map highlighting Jones County
Karnes County255Karnes City1854Bexar County, DeWitt County, Goliad County, Gonzales County and San Patricio CountyHenry Karnes (1812–1840), a soldier in the Texas Revolution15,446750 sq mi
(1,942 km2)
State map highlighting Karnes County
Kaufman County257Kaufman1848Henderson CountyDavid Spangler Kaufman, a Jewish Texas state senator and the second Jewish member of the United States House of Representatives71,313786 sq mi
(2,036 km2)
State map highlighting Kaufman County
Kendall County259Boerne1862Blanco County and Kerr CountyGeorge Wilkins Kendall, an early journalist and sheep rancher who gained national fame as a war correspondent during the Mexican-American War23,743662 sq mi
(1,715 km2)
State map highlighting Kendall County
Kenedy County261Sarita1921Hidalgo County and Willacy County (Due to a reorganization of Willacy County)Mifflin Kenedy, an early rancher and land speculator4141,457 sq mi
(3,774 km2)
State map highlighting Kenedy County
Kent County263Jayton1876Bexar CountyAndrew Kent, who died at the Battle of the Alamo859902 sq mi
(2,336 km2)
State map highlighting Kent County
Kerr County265Kerrville1856Bexar CountyJames Kerr (1790–1850), an early colonist in Texas and soldier in the Texas Revolution43,6531,106 sq mi
(2,865 km2)
State map highlighting Kerr County
Kimble County267Junction1858Bexar CountyGeorge C. Kimbell, who died at the Battle of the Alamo (spelling differs due to an error in the bill creating the county)4,4681,251 sq mi
(3,240 km2)
State map highlighting Kimble County
King County269Guthrie1876Bexar CountyWilliam Phillip King, who died at the Battle of the Alamo356912 sq mi
(2,362 km2)
State map highlighting King County
Kinney County271Brackettville1850Bexar CountyHenry Lawrence Kinney, a Texas state senator and unsuccessful land speculator3,3791,364 sq mi
(3,533 km2)
State map highlighting Kinney County
Kleberg County273Kingsville1913Nueces CountyRobert Justus Kleberg (1803–1888), an early German settler and soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto31,549871 sq mi
(2,256 km2)
State map highlighting Kleberg County
Knox County275Benjamin1858Bexar CountyHenry Knox, the first secretary of war of the United States (1785–1794)4,253854 sq mi
(2,212 km2)
State map highlighting Knox County
Lamar County277Paris1840Red River CountyMirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, the third president of the Republic of Texas (1838–1842)48,499917 sq mi
(2,375 km2)
State map highlighting Lamar County
Lamb County279Littlefield1876Bexar CountyGeorge A. Lamb, who died at the Battle of San Jacinto14,7091,016 sq mi
(2,631 km2)
State map highlighting Lamb County
Lampasas County281Lampasas1856Bell County, Coryell County and Travis CountyThe Lampasas River
(Lampasas is Spanish for "lilies")
17,762712 sq mi
(1,844 km2)
State map highlighting Lampasas County
La Salle County283Cotulla1858Bexar CountyRené Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643–1687), the French explorer who traveled through Texas5,8661,489 sq mi
(3,856 km2)
State map highlighting La Salle County
Lavaca County285Hallettsville1842Colorado 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")
19,210970 sq mi
(2,512 km2)
State map highlighting Lavaca County
Lee County287Giddings1874Bastrop County, Burleson County, Fayette County and Washington CountyRobert Edward Lee (1807–1870), the commanding general of the Confederate forces during the Civil War15,657629 sq mi
(1,629 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Leon County289Centerville1846Robertson CountyDisputed: Either Mexican empresario Martín De León, who founded Victoria, Texas, or the león, a local variety of yellow wolf15,3351,072 sq mi
(2,776 km2)
State map highlighting Leon County
Liberty County291Liberty1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, which was named either for the recent success of the Mexican War of Independence or for Liberty, Mississippi70,1541,160 sq mi
(3,004 km2)
State map highlighting Liberty County
Limestone County293Groesbeck1846Robertson CountyThe limestone deposits in the region22,051909 sq mi
(2,354 km2)
State map highlighting Limestone County
Lipscomb County295Lipscomb1876Bexar CountyAbner Smith Lipscomb, justice of the Texas Supreme Court (1846–1856) and secretary of state of the Republic of Texas (1840)3,057932 sq mi
(2,414 km2)
State map highlighting Lipscomb County
Live Oak County297George West1856Nueces County and San Patricio CountyThe Texas live oak tree under which the petition for a new county was signed12,3091,036 sq mi
(2,683 km2)
State map highlighting Live Oak County
Llano County299Llano1856Bexar County, Gillespie CountyThe Llano River
(Llano is Spanish for "plains")
17,044935 sq mi
(2,422 km2)
State map highlighting Llano County
Loving County301Mentone1931Tom 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 Trail67673 sq mi
(1,743 km2)
State map highlighting Loving County
Lubbock County303Lubbock1876Bexar CountyThomas Saltus Lubbock (1817–1862), a Texas Ranger and Confederate colonel during the Civil War242,628900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
State map highlighting Lubbock County
Lynn County305Tahoka1876Bexar CountyWilliam Lynn, a soldier in the Texas Revolution from Massachusetts who is believed to have died defending the Alamo6,550892 sq mi
(2,310 km2)
State map highlighting Lynn County
McCulloch County307Brady1856Bexar CountyBenjamin McCulloch (1811–1862), veteran of San Jacinto, Texas Ranger, and Confederate general8,2051,069 sq mi
(2,769 km2)
State map highlighting McCulloch County
McLennan County309Waco1850Limestone County and Milam CountyNeil McLennan, an early settler in the future county213,5171,042 sq mi
(2,699 km2)
State map highlighting McLennan County
McMullen County311Tilden1858Atascosa County, Bexar County and Live Oak CountyJohn McMullen (1832–1883), an Irish-born empresario in Texas8511,113 sq mi
(2,883 km2)
State map highlighting McMullen County
Madison County313Madisonville1853Grimes County, Leon County and Walker CountyJames Madison, the fourth president of the United States (1809–1817)12,940470 sq mi
(1,217 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Marion County315Jefferson1860Cass CountyFrancis Marion (1732–1795), American Revolutionary War general10,941381 sq mi
(987 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
Martin County317Stanton1876Bexar CountyWylie Martin, a Texas Revolutionary soldier and legislative representative for the Republic of Texas4,746915 sq mi
(2,370 km2)
State map highlighting Martin County
Mason County319Mason1858Gillespie 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 California3,738932 sq mi
(2,414 km2)
State map highlighting Mason County
Matagorda County321Bay City1836One of the original 23 countiesThe canebrakes which once grew along the coast
(Matagorda is Spanish for "fat bush")
37,9571,114 sq mi
(2,885 km2)
State map highlighting Matagorda County
Maverick County323Eagle Pass1856Kinney CountySamuel Augustus Maverick (1803–1870), a rancher, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and representative in the Republic of Texas legislature47,2971,280 sq mi
(3,315 km2)
State map highlighting Maverick County
Medina County325Hondo1848Bexar CountyThe Medina River, named for Spanish engineer Pedro Medina39,3041,328 sq mi
(3,440 km2)
State map highlighting Medina County
Menard County327Menard1858Bexar CountyMichel Branamour Menard, the founder of Galveston, Texas2,360902 sq mi
(2,336 km2)
State map highlighting Menard County
Midland County329Midland1885Tom 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)116,009900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
State map highlighting Midland County
Milam County331Cameron1836One of the original 23 countiesBenjamin Rush Milam (1788–1835), an early Texas colonizer and soldier in the Texas Revolution24,2381,017 sq mi
(2,634 km2)
State map highlighting Milam County
Mills County333Goldthwaite1887Brown County, Comanche County, Hamilton County and Lampasas CountyJohn T. Mills (1817–1871), a Texas Supreme Court judge5,151748 sq mi
(1,937 km2)
State map highlighting Mills County
Mitchell County335Colorado City1876Bexar CountyAsa and Eli Mitchell, two early settlers and soldiers in the Texas Revolution9,698910 sq mi
(2,357 km2)
State map highlighting Mitchell County
Montague County337Montague1857Cooke CountyDaniel Montague, a state senator and early surveyor in the future county19,117931 sq mi
(2,411 km2)
State map highlighting Montague County
Montgomery County339Conroe1837Washington CountyMontgomery, Texas, which in turn was named for Montgomery County, Alabama293,7681,044 sq mi
(2,704 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Moore County341Dumas1876Bexar CountyEdwin Ward Moore (1810–1865), commodore of the Texan Navy20,121900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
State map highlighting Moore County
Morris County343Daingerfield1875Titus CountyWilliam Wright Morris, a planter and state legislator13,048254 sq mi
(658 km2)
State map highlighting Morris County
Motley County345Matador1876Bexar CountyJunius William Mottley, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence1,426989 sq mi
(2,561 km2)
State map highlighting Motley County
Nacogdoches County347Nacogdoches1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, which was named for the Nacogdoche Native American tribe59,203947 sq mi
(2,453 km2)
State map highlighting Nacogdoches County
Navarro County349Corsicana1846Robertson CountyJosé Antonio Navarro (1795–1871), a leading Tejano participant in the Texan Revolution and signer of the Texan Declaration of Independence45,1241,071 sq mi
(2,774 km2)
State map highlighting Navarro County
Newton County351Newton1846Jasper CountyJohn Newton (1755–1780), a veteran of the Revolutionary War15,072933 sq mi
(2,416 km2)
State map highlighting Newton County
Nolan County353Sweetwater1876Bexar CountyPhilip Nolan (1771–1801), a mustanger who was killed by Spanish troops while on a mission into Texas15,802912 sq mi
(2,362 km2)
State map highlighting Nolan County
Nueces County355Corpus Christi1846San Patricio CountyThe Nueces River
(Nueces is Spanish for "nuts")
313,645836 sq mi
(2,165 km2)
State map highlighting Nueces County
Ochiltree County357Perryton1876Bexar CountyWilliam Beck Ochiltree (1811–1867), secretary of the treasury for the Republic of Texas and legislator for the state of Texas9,006918 sq mi
(2,378 km2)
State map highlighting Ochiltree County
Oldham County359Vega1876Bexar CountyWilliamson Simpson Oldham, a Confederate Senator for Texas2,1851,501 sq mi
(3,888 km2)
State map highlighting Oldham County
Orange County361Orange1852Jefferson CountyAn orange grove planted by early settlers at the mouth of the Sabine River84,966356 sq mi
(922 km2)
State map highlighting Orange County
Palo Pinto County363Palo Pinto1856Bosque County and Navarro CountyThe Palo Pinto Creek
(Palo Pinto is Spanish for "painted stick")
27,026953 sq mi
(2,468 km2)
State map highlighting Palo Pinto County
Panola County365Carthage1846Harrison County and Shelby CountyA Native American word for cotton.22,756801 sq mi
(2,075 km2)
State map highlighting Panola County
Parker County367Weatherford1855Bosque County and Navarro CountyIsaac Parker, legislator for both the Republic of Texas and the state of Texas88,495904 sq mi
(2,341 km2)
State map highlighting Parker County
Parmer County369Farwell1876Bexar CountyMartin Parmer (1778–1850), a Republic of Texas legislator, judge, and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence10,016882 sq mi
(2,284 km2)
State map highlighting Parmer County
Pecos County371Fort Stockton1871Presidio CountyThe Pecos River, which was named for the Pecos Pueblo, which is of unknown etymology16,8094,764 sq mi
(12,339 km2)
State map highlighting Pecos County
Polk County373Livingston1846Liberty CountyJames Knox Polk, the eleventh president of the United States (1845–1849)41,1331,057 sq mi
(2,738 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Potter County375Amarillo1876Bexar CountyRobert Potter (1800–1842), secretary of the navy for the Republic of Texas, and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence113,546909 sq mi
(2,354 km2)
State map highlighting Potter County
Presidio County377Marfa1850Bexar CountyPresidio del Norte, an eighteenth-century fort and settlement on the south side of the Rio Grande7,3043,856 sq mi
(9,987 km2)
State map highlighting Presidio County
Rains County379Emory1870Hopkins County, Hunt County and Wood CountyEmory Rains (1800–1878), a state senator and surveyor of the future county9,139232 sq mi
(601 km2)
State map highlighting Rains County
Randall County381Canyon1876Bexar CountyHorace Randal, a Confederate brigadier general in the Civil War104,312914 sq mi
(2,367 km2)
State map highlighting Randall County
Reagan County383Big Lake1903Tom Green CountyJohn H. Reagan (1818–1905), Confederate postmaster general, U.S. Congressman, and Governor of Texas3,3261,175 sq mi
(3,043 km2)
State map highlighting Reagan County
Real County385Leakey1913Bandera County, Edwards County and Kerr CountyJulius Real, a rancher and state senator3,047700 sq mi
(1,813 km2)
State map highlighting Real County
Red River County387Clarksville1836One of the original 23 countiesThe Red River of Texas14,3141,050 sq mi
(2,719 km2)
State map highlighting Red River County
Reeves County389Pecos1883Pecos CountyGeorge Robertson Reeves, a Texas state representative and colonel in the Confederate army13,1372,636 sq mi
(6,827 km2)
State map highlighting Reeves County
Refugio County391Refugio1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, which was named for the Spanish mission Nuestra Señora del Refugio, "Our Lady of Refuge"7,828770 sq mi
(1,994 km2)
State map highlighting Refugio County
Roberts County393Miami1876Bexar 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 Texas887924 sq mi
(2,393 km2)
State map highlighting Roberts County
Robertson County395Franklin1837Bexar County, Milam County and Nacogdoches CountySterling Clack Robertson, an empresario in Mexican Texas16,000855 sq mi
(2,214 km2)
State map highlighting Robertson County
Rockwall County397Rockwall1873Kaufman CountyIts county seat, which was named for a submerged stone wall found by its initial settlers43,080129 sq mi
(334 km2)
State map highlighting Rockwall County
Runnels County399Ballinger1858Bexar County and Travis CountyHiram Runnels, the ninth governor of Mississippi (1833–1835) and planter in Texas11,4951,054 sq mi
(2,730 km2)
State map highlighting Runnels County
Rusk County401Henderson1843Nacogdoches CountyThomas Jefferson Rusk (1803–1857), a general in the Texas Revolution47,372924 sq mi
(2,393 km2)
State map highlighting Rusk County
Sabine County403Hemphill1836One of the original 23 countiesThe Sabine River, which forms its eastern border
(Sabina is Spanish for "cypress")
10,469490 sq mi
(1,269 km2)
State map highlighting Sabine County
San Augustine County405San Augustine1836One of the original 23 countiesPresumably Augustine of Hippo (354–430)8,946528 sq mi
(1,368 km2)
State map highlighting San Augustine County
San Jacinto County407Coldspring1870Liberty County, Montgomery County, Polk County and Walker CountyThe Battle of San Jacinto, which won Texas its independence from Mexico22,246571 sq mi
(1,479 km2)
State map highlighting San Jacinto County
San Patricio County409Sinton1836One of the original 23 countiesIts former county seat San Patricio de Hibernia, an Irish colony named for Saint Patrick67,138692 sq mi
(1,792 km2)
State map highlighting San Patricio County
San Saba County411San Saba1856Bexar CountyThe San Saba River, discovered on the Catholic feast of Saint Sabbas6,1861,134 sq mi
(2,937 km2)
State map highlighting San Saba County
Schleicher County413Eldorado1887Crockett CountyGustav Schleicher, engineer and U.S. Congressman from Texas2,9351,311 sq mi
(3,395 km2)
State map highlighting Schleicher County
Scurry County415Snyder1876Bexar CountyWilliam Read Scurry (1821–1864), a Texas state legislator and Confederate general16,361903 sq mi
(2,339 km2)
State map highlighting Scurry County
Shackelford County417Albany1858Bosque CountyJack Shackelford, a soldier of the Texas Revolution3,302914 sq mi
(2,367 km2)
State map highlighting Shackelford County
Shelby County419Center1836One of the original 23 countiesIsaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War soldier from Tennessee and governor of Kentucky (1792–1796) (1812–1816)25,224794 sq mi
(2,056 km2)
State map highlighting Shelby County
Sherman County421Stratford1876Bexar CountySidney Sherman (1805–1873), a soldier in the Texas Revolution3,186923 sq mi
(2,391 km2)
State map highlighting Sherman County
Smith County423Tyler1846Nacogdoches CountyJames Smith, a general during the Texas Revolution174,706928 sq mi
(2,404 km2)
State map highlighting Smith County
Somervell County425Glen Rose1875Hood CountyAlexander Somervell, a soldier in the Texas Revolution and leader of the Somervell Expedition6,809187 sq mi
(484 km2)
State map highlighting Somervell County
Starr County427Rio Grande City1848Nueces CountyJames Harper Starr (1809–1890), a treasurer for the Republic of Texas and Confederate official53,5971,223 sq mi
(3,168 km2)
State map highlighting Starr County
Stephens County429Breckenridge1858Bosque County
Named Buchanan County until 1861
Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the only vice-president of the Confederate States of America (1861–1865)9,674895 sq mi
(2,318 km2)
State map highlighting Stephens County
Sterling County431Sterling City1891Tom Green CountyW. S. Sterling, an early rancher, buffalo hunter, and Native American fighter1,393923 sq mi
(2,391 km2)
State map highlighting Sterling County
Stonewall County433Aspermont1876Bexar CountyThomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824–1863), the famous Confederate General1,693919 sq mi
(2,380 km2)
State map highlighting Stonewall County
Sutton County435Sonora1887Crockett CountyJohn Schuyler Sutton, a Texas Ranger and soldier in the Texas Revolution and Mexican-American War4,0771,454 sq mi
(3,766 km2)
State map highlighting Sutton County
Swisher County437Tulia1876Bexar CountyJames Gibson Swisher, a soldier of the Texas Revolution8,378900 sq mi
(2,331 km2)
State map highlighting Swisher County
Tarrant County439Fort Worth1849Navarro CountyEdward H. Tarrant, a U.S. Army general who drove the Native Americans out of the future county1,446,219864 sq mi
(2,238 km2)
State map highlighting Tarrant County
Taylor County441Abilene1858Bexar County and Travis CountyEdward Taylor (1812–1836), George Taylor (1816–1836), and James Taylor (1814–1836), three brothers who died at the Alamo126,555916 sq mi
(2,372 km2)
State map highlighting Taylor County
Terrell County443Sanderson1905Pecos CountyAlexander Watkins Terrell, attorney, judge, state legislator, diplomat, and Confederate cavalry officer1,0812,358 sq mi
(6,107 km2)
State map highlighting Terrell County
Terry County445Brownfield1876Bexar CountyFrank Terry, a Confederate colonel and commander of Terry's Texas Rangers12,761890 sq mi
(2,305 km2)
State map highlighting Terry County
Throckmorton County447Throckmorton1858Fannin CountyWilliam Edward Throckmorton, an early Collin County settler1,850912 sq mi
(2,362 km2)
State map highlighting Throckmorton County
Titus County449Mount Pleasant1846Bowie CountyAndrew Jackson Titus, planter and Texas state representative28,118411 sq mi
(1,064 km2)
State map highlighting Titus County
Tom Green County451San Angelo1874Bexar CountyThomas Green (1814–1864), a Confederate brigadier general104,0101,522 sq mi
(3,942 km2)
State map highlighting Tom Green County
Travis County453Austin1840Bastrop CountyWilliam Barret Travis (1809–1836), the commander of the Texan forces at the Alamo812,280989 sq mi
(2,561 km2)
State map highlighting Travis County
Trinity County455Groveton1850Houston CountyThe Trinity River, named for the spiritual concept of the Trinity13,779693 sq mi
(1,795 km2)
State map highlighting Trinity County
Tyler County457Woodville1846Liberty CountyJohn Tyler, the tenth president of the United States (1841–1845)20,871923 sq mi
(2,391 km2)
State map highlighting Tyler County
Upshur County459Gilmer1846Harrison CountyAbel Parker Upshur, the fifteenth secretary of state of the United States (1843–1844)35,291588 sq mi
(1,523 km2)
State map highlighting Upshur County
Upton County461Rankin1887Tom Green CountyJohn C. & William F. Upton, brothers and lieutenant colonels in the Confederate army during the Civil War3,4041,242 sq mi
(3,217 km2)
State map highlighting Upton County
Uvalde County463Uvalde1850Bexar CountyThe Cañón de Ugalde, a nearby battlefield where Spanish General Juan de Ugalde was victorious in a skirmish with over 300 Apaches25,9261,557 sq mi
(4,033 km2)
State map highlighting Uvalde County
Val Verde County465Del Rio1885Crockett County, Kinney County and Pecos CountyThe Mexican-American War Battle of Val Verde
(Val Verde is Spanish for "green valley")
44,8563,171 sq mi
(8,213 km2)
State map highlighting Val Verde County
Van Zandt County467Canton1848Henderson CountyIsaac Van Zandt (1813–1847), attorney, Texas state representative, and diplomat48,140849 sq mi
(2,199 km2)
State map highlighting Van Zandt County
Victoria County469Victoria1836One of the original 23 countiesIts county seat, which was named for Guadalupe Victoria, Mexican revolutionary and its first president (1824–1829)84,088883 sq mi
(2,287 km2)
State map highlighting Victoria County
Walker County471Huntsville1846Montgomery CountySamuel Hamilton Walker (1815–1847), a Texas Ranger and soldier in the Mexican-American War61,758788 sq mi
(2,041 km2)
State map highlighting Walker County
Waller County473Hempstead1873Austin County and Grimes CountyEdwin Waller (1800–1881), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first mayor of Austin, Texas32,663514 sq mi
(1,331 km2)
State map highlighting Waller County
Ward County475Monahans1887Tom Green CountyThomas William Ward, a commissioner for the General Land Office of Texas and mayor of Austin, Texas10,909836 sq mi
(2,165 km2)
State map highlighting Ward County
Washington County477Brenham1836One of the original 23 countiesGeorge Washington, the first president of the United States (1789–1797)30,373609 sq mi
(1,577 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Webb County479Laredo1848Nueces CountyJames Webb, who served as secretary of the Treasury, secretary of State, and Attorney General of the Republic of Texas193,1173,357 sq mi
(8,695 km2)
State map highlighting Webb County
Wharton County481Wharton1846Colorado County, Jackson County and Matagorda CountyWilliam Harris Wharton (1802–1839) and John Austin Wharton (1828–1865), brothers and officers in the Texas Revolution41,1881,090 sq mi
(2,823 km2)
State map highlighting Wharton County
Wheeler County483Wheeler1876Bexar CountyRoyal Tyler Wheeler, the second Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court5,284914 sq mi
(2,367 km2)
State map highlighting Wheeler County
Wichita County485Wichita Falls1858Cooke CountyThe Wichita Native American tribe131,664628 sq mi
(1,627 km2)
State map highlighting Wichita County
Wilbarger County487Vernon1858Bexar CountyJosiah P. (1801–1845) and Mathias Wilbarger, brothers and early settlers; Josiah became a mythical figure for living 11 years after being scalped14,676971 sq mi
(2,515 km2)
State map highlighting Wilbarger County
Willacy County489Raymondville1911Cameron County and Hidalgo CountyJohn G. Willacy, Texas state senator who was the author of the bill that established the county20,082597 sq mi
(1,546 km2)
State map highlighting Willacy County
Williamson County491Georgetown1848Milam CountyRobert McAlpin Williamson, a leader and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto249,9671,124 sq mi
(2,911 km2)
State map highlighting Williamson County
Wilson County493Floresville1860Bexar County, Guadalupe County and Karnes CountyJames Charles Wilson, a Texas state senator (1851–1853)32,408807 sq mi
(2,090 km2)
State map highlighting Wilson County
Winkler County495Kermit1887Tom Green CountyClinton Winkler, an appeals court judge, Texas state representative, and Confederate colonel7,173841 sq mi
(2,178 km2)
State map highlighting Winkler County
Wise County497Decatur1856Cooke CountyHenry Alexander Wise, the U.S. Congressman and future thirty-eighth governor of Virginia (1856–1860) who supported the annexation of Texas48,793905 sq mi
(2,344 km2)
State map highlighting Wise County
Wood County499Quitman1850Van Zandt CountyGeorge Tyler Wood, the second governor of Texas (1847–1849)36,752650 sq mi
(1,683 km2)
State map highlighting Wood County
Yoakum County501Plains1876Bexar CountyHenderson King Yoakum (1810–1856), soldier, attorney, and Texas historian7,322800 sq mi
(2,072 km2)
State map highlighting Yoakum County
Young County503Graham1856Bosque County and Fannin CountyWilliam Cocke Young, early Texas settler, attorney, sheriff, and United States Marshal17,943922 sq mi
(2,388 km2)
State map highlighting Young County
Zapata County505Zapata1858Starr County and Webb CountyAntonio Zapata, a local rancher and colonel of the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande12,182997 sq mi
(2,582 km2)
State map highlighting Zapata County
Zavala County507Crystal City1846Maverick CountyLorenzo de Zavala (1788–1836), signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first Vice-President of the Republic of Texas11,6001,299 sq mi
(3,364 km2)
State map highlighting Zavala County

Defunct counties[edit]

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.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How Many Counties are in Your State?". Click and Learn. 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. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  7. ^ "FIPS Publish 6-4". National Institute of Standards and Technology. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  8. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  9. ^ a b c d National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-04-26. 
  10. ^ "Texas Association of Counties facts". Texas Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2007-04-08. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  11. ^ "TSHA Defunct Counties". The Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 

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