Jefferson County, Texas

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Jefferson County, Texas

Jefferson County sits on the Gulf Coast with grassy plains and timber in the northwest. Land features beach sands, sandy loams, and black clay soils that drain to the Neches River and the Gulf of Mexico. Local economy consists of government services, petrochemical and other chemical plants, shipb building, steel mill, port activity, and oil field supplies.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $2.9M
Lowest Price $275K
Highest Price $25.2M
Total Listings 18
Avg. Days On Market 203
Avg. Price/SQFT $220

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Where is Jefferson County, Texas?

  • Jefferson County, on Interstate Highway 10 in the Coastal Plain or Gulf Prairie region of extreme southeastern Texas, is bounded by Orange County on the northeast, by Hardin County on the north, by Liberty and Chambers counties on the west, and by the Gulf of Mexico on the south. To the east the county line is formed by the Neches River, Sabine Lake, and Sabine Pass, and to the north by Pine Island Bayou. A series of lakes extends across the southern part of the county, and beaches overlook the Gulf. The Port Arthur ship canal, on the west shore of Sabine Lake, connects with the Neches and Sabine rivers to provide deepwater ports at Beaumont, Port Arthur, Nederland, and Port Neches.

  • The Neches River forms its northeast boundary. As of the 2010 census, the population was 252,273. The 2019 United States Census estimate is 251,565. The county was established in 1835 as a municipality of Mexico, which had gained independence from Spain. Because the area was lightly settled, the Mexican government allowed European Americans from the United States to settle here if they pledged loyalty to Mexico. This was organized as a county in 1837 after Texas achieved independence as a republic. It was named by European-American settlers for U.S. president Thomas Jefferson.

Adjacent Counties

  • Hardin County (north)
  • Orange County (northeast)
  • Chambers County (southwest)
  • Liberty County (northwest)
  • Cameron Parish, Louisiana (east)

Sites and Attractions in Jefferson County 

  • Conventions and events centered around the Beaumont Civic Center Complex, Speedway 90 Stadium, Julie Rogers Theatre, Fairpark Coliseum, Harvest Club, and Port Arthur Civic Center. Other museums included the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur and several museums in Beaumont, among them the McFaddin-Ward House, the Mildred (Babe) Zaharias Museum, and the Edison, Texas Energy, Fire Department, John J. French, and art museums.

  • Annual events included the Heritage Festival at Nederland (March), the Neches River Festival in Beaumont (April), the Beaumont Jazz Festival (July), Spindletop Boom Days at Beaumont (September), the South Texas Fair at Beaumont (October), the Saltwater Anglers Fishing Tourney at Port Arthur (May), and CavOILcade at Port Arthur.

  • Texas Point and McFaddin refuges supply important feeding and resting habitat for migrating and wintering populations of waterfowl using the Central Flyway. Feeding flocks of snow geese have exceeded 70,000 birds at McFaddin. Dozens of migratory bird species use habitat on both refuges to feed, rest, nest and raise their young. McFaddin contains one of the densest populations of American alligators in Texas.

Farming and Ranching in Jefferson County 

  •  The mean annual temperature is 69° F, and the average annual rainfall is fifty-three inches. The subtropical, humid climate features warm, moist summers tempered by Gulf breezes. The growing season averages 225 days a year. Vegetation includes pine, white oak, red oak, pin oak, ash, beech, magnolia, gum, cypress, bunchgrasses, marsh millet, seashore saltgrass and cordgrasses. Between 1 and 10 percent of the land is considered prime farmland. Among the principal streams are Taylor's, Hillebrandt, and Pine Island bayous.
  • In 2002 the county had 775 farms and ranches covering 388,239 acres, 46 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 47 percent to crops. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $26,873,000; livestock sales accounted for $9,241,000 of the total. Rice, soybeans, crawfish, beef cattle, and hay were the chief agricultural products. Over 2,623,000 cubic feet of pinewood, and over 1,614,000 cubic feet of hardwood, were harvested in the county in 2003.
 

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