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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. mean. min.
July mean max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

71,484
5.3
801.5
784.2
131–500
49.08
39.7
93.3
23,595
4.3
$239,520,630
$26,061
$4,540,158,968
$790,982,847

map of Walker County
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Physical Features: South central county north of Houston of rolling hills; more than 70 percent forested; national forest; San Jacinto, Trinity rivers; Lake Livingston, Lake Conroe.

Economy: State employment in prison system, education.

History: Coahuiltecans, Bidais in area when Spanish explored around 1690. Later, area became trading ground for many Indian tribes. Anglo-Americans settled in the 1830s. Antebellum slaveholding area. County created in 1846 from Montgomery County and organized the same year; first named for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury R.J. Walker; renamed 1863 for Texas Ranger Capt. S.H. Walker.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 56.5; Black, 23.3; Hispanic, 18.0; Asian, 1.2; Other, 0.9; Two or more races, 1.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 674; deaths, 513; marriages, 418; divorces, 190.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting, lake activities; Sam Houston museum, homes, grave; prison museum; other historic sites, state park, Sam Houston National Forest; Sam Houston folk festival in spring.

Minerals: Clays, natural gas, oil, sand and gravel, stone.

Agriculture: Cattle, nursery plants, poultry, cotton, hay. Market value $34.5 million. Timber sales substantial; Christmas trees.

HUNTSVILLE (41,510) county seat; state prison system, Sam Houston State University, forest products, varied manufacturing; hospital; museums, arts center.

Other towns include: Dodge (150), New Waverly (1,041), Riverside (549).

morning fog at Huntsville State Park

Morning fog at Huntsville State Park. Photo by Ron Billings/Texas A&M Forest Service.