Harris County, Texas

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Harris County, Texas

Harris County is the largest county in the eastern half of the state. Land features level, typical coastal topography with many bayous and canals. Contains Lake Houston and Sheldon Reservoir. It is highly industrialized with the largest population in Texas. Local economy consists of foreign government offices, corporate management center, nations largest concentration of petrochemical plants, largest US wheat export, petroleum, chemicals, food, fabricated metal, non-electrical machinery, primary metals, scientific instruments, paper and allied products, printing and publishing, center for energy, space and medical research, and a center of international business.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $2.5M
Lowest Price $285K
Highest Price $11.5M
Total Listings 140
Avg. Days On Market 315
Avg. Price/SQFT $827

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Where is Harris County, Texas?

  • Harris County, originally Harrisburg County, is located on the upper Gulf Coast in Southeast Texas and is bounded by Waller County on the north and west, Montgomery County on the north, Liberty and Chambers counties on the east, Galveston and Brazoria counties on the south, and Fort Bend County on the west. The center point is at 95°27' west longitude and 29°50' north latitude. The county comprises 1,778 square miles (1,729 in land) and is the largest Texas county east of the Nueces River. Its southern half is level coastal prairie, and the northern half touches the rolling East Texas timberlands.

  • As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,092,459, making it the most populous county in Texas and the third most populous county in the United States. Its county seat is Houston, the largest city in Texas and fourth largest city in the United States. The county was founded in 1836 and organized in 1837.

Adjacent Counties

  • Montgomery (north)
  • Liberty (northeast)
  • Chambers (east)
  • Galveston (southeast)
  • Brazoria (south)
  • Fort Bend (southwest)
  • Waller (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Harris County 

  • The county offers many cultural and entertainment attractions for its residents and visitors, including professional baseball, football, and basketball teams, Astroworld and Waterworld amusement parks, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, the San Jacinto Battleground, the Battleship Texas, and Sheldon Lake State Park.

  • Space Center Houston is a science museum which serves as the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. It earned a place as a Smithsonian Affiliate museum in 2014.

  • The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston, Texas, United States. The zoo houses over 6,000 animals from 900 species. It receives 2.1 million visitors each year and is the second most visited zoo in the United States. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
  • A dam below the East and West forks of the San Jacinto River impounded Lake Houston in 1954. This reservoir for the city of Houston lessened dependence on subsurface water, the use of which has caused up to nine feet of subsidence around the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River. The lake is a popular recreational spot.

Farming and Ranching in Harris County 

  • The average annual rainfall in Harris County is 48.19 inches, and the mean temperature is 69.1 degrees. The growing season lasts 300 days. Native trees include pine and such hardwoods as oak, ash, and hickory. Central Harris County is fifty-five feet above sea level. The land rises gradually to more than 200 feet on the northern borders, while the smallish bluffs around upper Galveston Bay descend to sea level. The soil is heavy black coastal clay in the south and sandy loam north of Buffalo Bayou.
  •  In 2002 the county had 2,452 farms and ranches covering 304,868 acres, 51 percent of which were devoted to pasture, 41 percent to crops, and six percent to woodlands. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $52,878,000; crop sales accounted for $34,999,000 of the total. Nursery crops, cattle, horses, turf-grass, hay, vegetables, and corn were the chief agricultural products.

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