Jefferson County, Texas

Jefferson County, Texas
Jefferson County, Texas
The Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont. The Art Deco style building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 17, 1982. The building is one of the few completely original Art Deco structures in Texas. The top five floors once served as the County Jail.
Seal of Jefferson County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Texas
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Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Seat Beaumont
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,111 sq mi (2,877 km²)
904 sq mi (2,341 km²)
208 sq mi (539 km²), 18.69%
 - (2010)
 - Density

280/sq mi (108/km²)

Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Texas, United States. As of 2000, the population was 252,051. Its county seat is Beaumont,[1] and it is named for the former U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson.

The county is part of the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Jefferson County is located on the plains of the Texas Gulf Coast in the southeastern part of the state. The county is bounded on the north by Pine Island Bayou, on the northeast by the Neches River, and on the east by Sabine Lake and the mouth of the Sabine River, a natural outlet called Sabine Pass. The southern part of the county is largely marshland, much of which is contained within Sea Rim State Park, reaching to the storm-battered beach at the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,111 square miles (2,877.5 km2), of which 904 square miles (2,341.3 km2) is land and 208 square miles (538.7 km2) (18.69%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10
  • US 69.svgUS 96.svgUS 287.svg U.S. Highway 69/U.S. Highway 96/U.S. Highway 287
  • Texas 73.svg State Highway 73
  • Texas 82.svg State Highway 82
  • Texas 87.svg State Highway 87
  • Texas 105.svg State Highway 105
  • Texas 124.svg State Highway 124
  • Texas 326.svg State Highway 326
  • Texas 347.svg State Highway 347
  • See List of Highways in Jefferson County for more roadways in Jefferson County.

Adjacent counties and parishes

National protected areas

  • Big Thicket National Preserve (part)
  • McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
  • Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 252,051 people, 92,880 households, and 63,808 families residing in the county. The population density was 279 people per square mile (108/km²). There were 102,080 housing units at an average density of 113 per square mile (44/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.24% White, 33.74% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 2.89% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.26% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. 10.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 8.3% were of American, 7.2% French, 6.2% German, 5.8% English and 5.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 92,880 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.40% were married couples living together, 16.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 101.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,706, and the median income for a family was $42,290. Males had a median income of $36,719 versus $23,924 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,571. About 14.60% of families and 17.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.60% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

2004 and 2008 Elections

Jefferson County is one of the more Democratic counties in Texas. It has not supported a Republican for president since 1972.

In 2004, Jefferson was one of only 18 counties in Texas that gave Senator John Kerry a majority of the popular vote. Kerry received 47,050 votes while George W. Bush received 44,412. [1] In 2008, Barack Obama won 51% of the vote and 44,854 votes. John McCain won 48% of the vote and 42,877 votes. Other candidates received 1% of the vote.[3]

Government and infrastructure

State representation

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates the Gist Unit, a state jail,[4] the Stiles Unit, a prison,[5] and the Leblanc Unit, a pre-release facility, in an unincorporated area of Jefferson County.[6]

In addition the Texas Youth Commission operates the Al Price State Juvenile Correctional Facility in the county.[7] The TYC announced that the facility will close by August 31, 2011.[8]

Federal representation

The Federal Bureau of Prisons operates the Beaumont Federal Correctional Complex in an unincorporated area in Jefferson County.[9]


Conquest Airlines, which began in April 1988, had its headquarters on the grounds of Southeast Texas Regional Airport in an unincorporated area in the county.[10][11] Conquest planned to move its headquarters to Austin, Texas in the beginning of 1990.[12] In 1989 Conquest moved its corporate headquarters, 78 employees, and six aircraft to Austin.[13]




Beaumont is the largest and oldest city in Jefferson County with a population of 118,296. The city has many historic landmarks such as Spindletop, Jefferson Theatre, Julie Rogers Theater and the San Jacinto Building. Downtown Beaumont is a National Historic District. There also many points of interest such as the Crockett Street Entertainment District, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Botanical Gardens and Edison Plaza. Lamar University is located in Beaumont and is the largest educational institution in Jefferson County with 14,384 students. The city annually host the South Texas State Fair, Dog Jam, Beaumont Jazz and Blues Fest and Boomtown Film and Music Festival.

Port Arthur

Port Arthur is the second largest city in Jefferson County with a population of 57,755.

Other Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated areas


The county operates the Jefferson County Library in an unincorporated area in the county.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Gist Unit." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on January 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "Stiles Unit." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on January 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Leblanc Unit." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on January 11, 2010.
  7. ^ "Facility Address List." Texas Youth Commission. Retrieved on July 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "TYC Announces Closure of Three Facilities." Texas Youth Commission. Retrieved on July 3, 2011.
  9. ^ "FCI Beaumont Low Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on January 11, 2010.
  10. ^ Patoski, Joe Nick. "Filling a Niche." Texas Monthly. November 1989. 82.
  11. ^ "SEC News Digest." Securities and Exchange Commission. March 8, 1989. 6 (6/8). Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  12. ^ Reynolds, Stephanie. "These commercials aren't just for peanuts. (Conquest Airlines ads produced by Television Group)." Austin Business Journal. July 30, 1990. Retrieved on October 24, 2009.
  13. ^ De Marban, Alex. "Let Them Eat Cake." The Austin Chronicle. May 5, 1995. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  14. ^ "Jefferson County Library Services." Jefferson County. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.

External links

Coordinates: 29°52′N 94°08′W / 29.86°N 94.14°W / 29.86; -94.14

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