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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

57,139
4.6
897.6
890.6
7–170
61.06
37.5
93.6
25,111
6.1
$138,828,124
$44,456
$3,974,558,601
$854,728,217

map of Hardin County
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Physical Features: Southeast county; timbered; many streams; sandy, loam soils; Big Thicket covers much of area.

Economy: Paper manufacturing, wood processing, minerals, food processing, oil and gas; county in Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange metropolitan area.

locator map for Hardin County

History: Lorenzo de Zavala received first land grant in 1829. Anglo-American settlers arrived in 1830. County created and organized in 1858 from Jefferson, Liberty counties. Named for Texas Revolutionary leader William Hardin.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 86.6; Black, 5.6; Hispanic, 5.7; Asian, 0.7; Other, 0.6; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 696; deaths, 536; marriages, 397; divorces, 236.

Recreation: Big Thicket with rare plant, animal life; national preserve; Red Cloud Water Park in Silsbee; hunting, fishing; state park; Cajun Country Music Festival in October in Kountze.

Minerals: Oil, gas, sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, hay, blueberries, bees and rice. Timber provides most income; more than 85 percent of county forested. Hunting leases.

KOUNTZE (2,197) county seat; government/services, retail center, commuting to Beaumont; library, museum.

SILSBEE (6,951) forest products, rail center, oil, gas; library, Ice House museum; Dulcimer Festival in fall.

LUMBERTON (12,836) construction, government/services, tourism; library; Village Creek Festival in October.

Other towns and places include: Batson (140); Pinewood Estates (1,704); Rose Hill Acres (434); Saratoga (1,000) Big Thicket Museum; Sour Lake (1,854) oil, lumbering; Old Timer’s Day in September; Thicket (306); Village Mills (200); Votaw (160), and Wildwood (1,278).

Big Thicket National Preserve

The Big Thicket National Preserve. Photo from National Park Service (CC).