Some Facts about Texas Counties
- There are 254 counties in Texas.
- The first 23 counties were created
on March 17, 1836.
- Brewster County is the largest county
with 6,204 square miles of territory. It is equal in
size to the combined areas of Connecticut and Rhode
- In 1921, the last county, Kenedy,
- Lampasas (County) is the Spanish word
- Harris County is the most populous
with 3,087,153 people. It also is the fifth most populous
county in the nation. Loving County is the least populous
with only 96 residents.
- The highest mountain in Texas stands
in Culberson County.
- Val Verde County was named after a
Civil War battle.
- Panola (County) is the Native American
word for cotton.
- Most county seats fall within five
miles of their county's center.
- Freestone County was named after a
type of peach.
- There are 200 county auditors in Texas.
- At one time, all county courthouse
had to be so centrally located that each citizen could
travel to the seat, vote, and return home in a day.