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County population in 2012: 23,161 (27% urban, 73% rural); it was 23,185 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,483
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,831
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,283
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,342 (it was 1,976 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

36%

Land area: 1231 sq. mi.
Water area: 5.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 19 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Houston County: 80.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.3%), Retail trade (10.8%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.6%), Public administration (10.3%), Construction (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 24%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Houston County, Texas:


Median resident age:  43.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years

Males: 12,769  (52.1%)
Females: 10,963  (47.9%)

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Houston County,TX real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Houston County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $33,986 ($28,119 in 1999)
This county:

$33986
Texas:

$48259

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $337 (lower quartile is $223, upper quartile is $434)
This county:

$337
State:

$632


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $69,195 (it was $48,400 in 2000)
Houston County:

$69,195
Texas:

$125,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $37,715 - $119,593

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $180,093
Here:

$180,093
State:

$177,060

Townhouses or other attached units: $99,964
Here:

$99,964
State:

$170,403

Mobile homes: $55,254
Here:

$55,254
State:

$42,156

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $72,706
Here:

$72,706
State:

$34,447
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,241
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $278

Institutionalized population: 2,885

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,022 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $493 (0.8%)


Houston County household income distribution in 2009 Houston County home values distribution


Houston County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 27.7%
(17.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.4% for Black residents, 37.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.7% for American Indian residents, 56.0% for other race residents, 0.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 43 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 46 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 32 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

21.0%
Whole state:

15.4%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

9.5%
Whole state:

6.7%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Houston County is $500 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $560 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $670 a month.

Cities in this county include: Crockett, Grapeland, Lovelady, Kennard, Latexo, Kennard-Ratcliff, Porter Springs.

Houston County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Houston County: Pond Camp (A), Creek (B), Ratcliff Lake Recreation Site (C), Walnut Creek Camp (D), Hazel Chapel (E), Langum Quarter (F), Malibu Club (G), Neches Bluff Overlook (H), Pearsons Chapel (I), Rice Chapel (J), Eastham State Prison Farm (K), Spring Creek Country Club (L), Seven J Ramp Ranch (M), Rattlesnake Ranch (N), Alabama Ferry (O), Long Plantation (P), Mose Owens Farm (Q), Caroline Williams Farm (R), Wilmore Farm (S), Trinity River Loading and Landing (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Houston County include: Vistula Church (A), Tadmor Church (B), Thankful Missionary Baptist Church (C), White Rock United Methodist Church (D), Union Prairie Church (E), Union Grove Church (F), San Pedro Church (G), Union Chapel (H), Pennington Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Ivy Cemetery (1), Tyer Cemetery (2), Post Oak Cemetery (3), Enon Cemetery (4), Gulceville Cemetery (5), Antioch Cemetery (6), Smith Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Krem Lake (A), Sawmill Lake (B), Bobbitt Lake (C), Hargrove Lake (D), Grove Lakes (E), Mission Lake (F), Calvert Lake (G), Blue Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Boggy Creek (A), Blackhouse Creek (B), Black Lick Branch (C), Big Elkhart Creek (D), Big Creek (E), Boons Creek (F), Bennett Creek (G), Arnold Creek (H), Wallace Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Houston County include: Fodice Marker (1), Mission Tejas State Park (2), Thomas Jefferson Payne Home (3), Antioch Premitive Baptist Church Historical Marker (4), Colthorp Historical Marker (5), Rosenwald School Historical Marker (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Anderson County , Angelina County , Cherokee County , Leon County , Madison County , Trinity County , Walker County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 487
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 702 (17% naturalized citizens)

Houston County:

3.0%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 79.1%

Houston County marital status for males
Houston County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Houston County with a mortgage: 1,567 (22 second mortgage, 45 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,110

Here:

42.6% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 52.48%
Here52.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 12,167
Total congregations: 72

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchBaptist Missionary Association of AmericaChurches of ChristCatholic Church
Adherents6,730 (55.3%)1,269 (10.4%)1,080 (8.9%)801 (6.6%)729 (6.0%)
Congregations26 (36.1%)12 (16.7%)4 (5.6%)9 (12.5%)2 (2.8%)
NameAmerican Baptist AssociationAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Other
Adherents438 (3.6%)421 (3.5%)164 (1.3%)151 (1.2%)384 (3.2%)
Congregations6 (8.3%)4 (5.6%)1 (1.4%)2 (2.8%)6 (8.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Houston County - Crockett, Grapeland, Lovelady, Kennard, Latexo

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

1.32 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Houston County:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Houston County:

1.76 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

4.41 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Houston County:

3.97 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.4%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.9%
Texas:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Houston County:

17.3%
State:

15.7%


Agriculture in Houston County:

Average size of farms: 307 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $22,776
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $107.08
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 81.59%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $25,113
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 12.76%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 7.34%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $34,366
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 60 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 22.25
Corn for grain: 2777 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 4406 harvested acres
Vegetables: 788 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 1,547 acres

Tornado activity:

Houston County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Texas state average. It is 1.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 16 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/16/1953, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 8 people

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Houston County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 6, Floods: 5, Fires: 4, Hurricanes: 4, Tornadoes: 2, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Metal and metal products (7%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Wood products (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (22%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (11%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (3%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Houston County (%):





Houston County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,024 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 1,237 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 16 (0%)
  • Taxi: 18 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 24 (0%)
  • Walked: 191 (2%)
  • Other means: 67 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 264 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Houston County, Texas in 2000:

People in group quarters in Houston County, Texas in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,780.

6.88% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($35,659 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.88%
Texas average:

8.37%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.67% relocated from other counties in Texas ($24,496 average AGI)
1.21% relocated from other states ($11,163 average AGI)
Houston County:

1.21%
Texas average:

3.06%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Harris County, TX  1.06% ($39,657 average AGI)
from Anderson County, TX  0.73% ($23,792)
from Walker County, TX  0.33% ($20,909)
from Angelina County, TX  0.32% ($28,667)
from Montgomery County, TX  0.24% ($22,500)
from Trinity County, TX  0.21% ($27,929)
from Galveston County, TX  0.20% ($30,692)


7.29% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,973 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.29%
Texas average:

7.44%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.14% relocated to other counties in Texas ($26,961 average AGI)
1.15% relocated to other states ($5,012 average AGI)
Houston County:

1.15%
Texas average:

2.17%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Harris County, TX  0.91% ($34,900 average AGI)
to Anderson County, TX  0.75% ($27,620)
to Angelina County, TX  0.39% ($29,962)
to Walker County, TX  0.39% ($30,154)
to Trinity County, TX  0.35% ($24,000)
to Montgomery County, TX  0.27% ($28,500)
to Smith County, TX  0.20% ($50,615)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Houston County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Houston County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Houston County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,569 (3,975 aged, 594 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.29
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 10586.62
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 231.730
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 43947.13

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1089.670
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1279.180

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27.4
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 55.99

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.61

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 149.4. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 20,824

Size of family households: 2,897 2-persons, 1,233 3-persons, 968 4-persons, 468 5-persons, 186 6-persons, 116 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,505 1-person, 251 2-persons, 24 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 3 5-persons.

92.5% of residents of Houston County speak English at home.
7.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (52% speak English very well, 35% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (80% speak English very well, 20% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $171,225,000 ($7348 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $6,030,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $66,316,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $39,637,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,582,000
Federal grants: $55,928,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,192,000 ($2,071,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,569,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $437,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,890,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,493,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,362
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,617
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +243
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +75
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Houston County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.61 millions of gallons per day (52% from ground, 48% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

3.8

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Houston County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 17
  • 2 rooms: 59
  • 3 rooms: 306
  • 4 rooms: 813
  • 5 rooms: 1,964
  • 6 rooms: 1,650
  • 7 rooms: 755
  • 8 rooms: 413
  • 9+ rooms: 306
  • 1 room: 56
  • 2 rooms: 217
  • 3 rooms: 243
  • 4 rooms: 504
  • 5 rooms: 505
  • 6 rooms: 267
  • 7 rooms: 119
  • 8 rooms: 40
  • 9+ rooms: 25
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Houston County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 29
  • 1 bedroom: 272
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,595
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,672
  • 4 bedrooms: 639
  • 5+ bedrooms: 76
  • no bedroom: 69
  • 1 bedroom: 485
  • 2 bedrooms: 677
  • 3 bedrooms: 666
  • 4 bedrooms: 66
  • 5+ bedrooms: 13
Cars and other vehicles available in Houston County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 367
  • 1 vehicle: 2,126
  • 2 vehicles: 2,692
  • 3 vehicles: 793
  • 4 vehicles: 228
  • 5+ vehicles: 77
  • no vehicle: 471
  • 1 vehicle: 995
  • 2 vehicles: 367
  • 3 vehicles: 108
  • 4 vehicles: 29
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

55% of Houston County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 44% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 84% lived in Texas.

Houston County:

54.9%
State average:

51.6%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $32,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Houston County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (45.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (27.8%)
  • Utility gas (23.1%)
  • Wood (3.3%)
  • Utility gas (42.0%)
  • Electricity (42.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.4%)
  • Wood (1.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 204
Here:

8.1%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 321
Here:

17.0%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 28
Here:

6.5%
Texas:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Houston County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Houston County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Houston County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Houston County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Houston County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Houston County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Houston County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John23875.8 years
James23473.2 years
William20276.5 years
Mary18579.4 years
Willie12376.7 years
Robert11874.8 years
George11577.0 years
Charles9768.4 years
Annie7482.8 years
Henry7479.4 years
Most common last names in Houston County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith16677.0 years
Jones14374.4 years
Johnson11275.9 years
Williams9077.1 years
Moore8475.9 years
Davis7873.1 years
Brown7378.3 years
Turner6679.4 years
Allen6278.2 years
Walker5474.0 years
Businesses in Houston County, TX
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
FedEx1RadioShack1
H&R Block1SONIC Drive-In1
Holiday Inn1Sears1
KFC1Taco Bell1
La-Z-Boy1U-Haul1
Lane Furniture2UPS1
McDonald's1Walmart1
Nike4
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