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Houston County, Texas

Houston County is located in East Texas. Land features over half forested, rolling tertain that drains to Neches and Trinity rivers. Local economy consists of timber production, livestock, government services, manufacturing, and tourism.

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Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $258K
Highest Price $13.8M
Total Listings 119
Avg. Days On Market 117
Avg. Price/SQFT $470

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Where is Houston County, Texas?

  • Houston County, the first county established by the Republic of Texas, is east of Waco in the East Texas Timberlands region. It is bordered on the north by Anderson County, on the east by Cherokee, Angelina, and Trinity counties, on the south by Walker and Madison counties, and on the west by Leon County. Its center lies at 31°20' north latitude and 99°25' west longitude. Crockett is the county seat and largest town. In addition to U.S. Highway 287 the county's transportation needs are served by State highways 7, 19, and 21 and the Union Pacific Railroad. Houston County covers 1,234 square miles, with elevations ranging from 200 to 300 feet. The Neches River forms the northeastern boundary of the county, and the Trinity River is the western boundary.
  • As of the 2010 census, its population was 23,732. Houston County was one of 46 entirely dry counties in the state of Texas, until voters in a November 2007 special election legalized the sale of alcohol in the county. Houston County was the first new county created under the 9-year Republic of Texas on June 12, 1837. The county is named for Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, and Governor of Texas. Other than being named for the same person, Houston County is not related to the City of Houston, which is located about 100 miles to the south, in Harris County.

Adjacent Counties 

  • Anderson County (north)
  • Cherokee County (northeast)
  • Angelina County (east)
  • Trinity County (southeast)
  • Walker County (south)
  • Madison County (southwest)
  • Leon County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Houston County

  • Mission Tejas State Park contains several historic resources of East Texas and provides recreation for visitors. The park contains a commemorative replica of the first Spanish mission in Texas and one of the oldest surviving structures in Houston County. The park also contains a segment of the El Camino Real de los Tejas. The park provides 15 developed campsites and 2 primitive camping sites. A small pond allows visitors to fish. The park also contains approximately 4.5 miles of hiking trails. Mission Tejas State Park is a 660-acre state park located along Texas State Highway 21 in Houston County, Texas, originally constructed in 1935 and transferred to Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1957. The closest major town is Crockett, Texas. The park is open year-round.
  • Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It surrounds a picturesque 45-acre lake that was once a log pond and a source of water for the Central Coal and Coke Company sawmill which operated from 1902 to 1920. The facility is open year-round and includes a large campground, picnic areas, a reservable amphitheater, a swim area and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Camping is available year-round.

Farming and Ranching in Houston County  

  • The predominant vegetation is mixed pine and hardwood forests. Between 21 and 30 percent of the land in the county is considered prime farmland. The climate is subtropical and humid, with cool winters and hot summers. Temperatures range in January from an average low of 36° F to an average high of 58°, and in July from 71° to 94°. The average annual rainfall is 42 inches. The average annual snowfall is less than one inch. The growing season averages 260 days a year, with the last freeze in early March and the first in late November.
  • In the early twenty-first century livestock, timber, and tourism were some of the key elements of the county's economy; local manufacturers produced steel and plastic products, clothing, and other goods. Over 15,115,000 cubic feet of pinewood and over 3,530,000 cubic feet of hardwood were harvested in the county in 2003. In 2002 the county had 1,514 farms and ranches covering 464,706 acres, 45 percent of which were devoted to pasture, 35 percent to crops, and 17 percent to woodlands. In that year Houston County farmers and ranchers earned $34,483,000; livestock sales accounted for $28,136,000 of the total. Cattle, hay, watermelons, and cotton were the chief agricultural products.

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