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The Cities and communities of Harris County, Texas*

Aldine, Atascocita

Bammel, Barrett, Baytown, Bellaire, Big Spring, Bridgeland, Bunker Hill Village

Champions, Channelview, Cinco Ranch, Cloverleaf, Copperfield, Crosby, Cypress

Deer Park

El Lago

Fairbanks, Friendswood

Galena Park, Grand Lakes

Hedwig Village, Highlands, Hilshire Village, Hockley, Houston (County Seat), Hufsmith, Hughes Springs, Humble, Hunters Creek Village

Jacinto City, Jersey Village

Katy, Kingwood, Klein, Kohrville

La Porte, League City (portion)

Missouri City, Morgan's Point

Nassau Bay

Pasadena, Payne Springs, Pearland (portion), Piney Point Village, Ponderosa Forest


Satsuma, Seabrook, Sheldon, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley, Stafford (portion)

Taylor Lake Village, Tomball

Waller (portion), Webster, Westfield, West University Place

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Harris County, Texas

Harris County is the third largest county in the United States with a population of over three million people and is 1788 square miles in area. It has 41 incorporated cities


The Official Harris County Website

Port of Houston Authority

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management


1990 - 2,818,199
2000 - 3,400,578
2004 - 3,644,285
2005 - 3,700,000+ (estimate)

2000 - 1,967 persons per square mile


Harris County is in southeastern Texas. Montgomery County is the neighbor to the north. On the Northeast is Liberty County. Chambers County is to the East with Galveston County to the southeast. Brazoria County is south of Harris County with Fort Bend County to the Southwest. Finally, Waller County is to the Northwest.

Other Facts & Figures:

Interesting facts about the size of Harris County and the city of Houston

Median income:
2000 - $42,598 (Household)
2000 - $49,004 (Family)

Per Capita income:
2000 - $21,435


The climate is nearly perfect all year long. Freezing temperatures are extremely rare in winter and in summer the temperatures usually don't go over 90 degrees.

Here is a weather page for the area.

Weather in the Houston/Galveston area

Average Temperature: 69.6 degrees
Winter Average Temperature: 50 degrees
Yearly Precipitation: 45.74 inches


Harris County was named for John Richardson Harris, who first arrived in this area in 1824. He settled on land at the junction of Bray's and Buffalo bayous (now a part of Houston). In 1825 the city of Harrisburg was laid out. On December 30, 1835, the General Council created the Harrisburg Municipality and designated the town as the seat of its government. On April 21, 1836 the Battle of San Jacinto was fought in what is now Harris County. This was the deciding battle of the war between what would become the Republic of Texas and Mexico. In 1836 the name of the area was changed to Harrisburg County. In 1839 the name was again changed to Harris County.

Harris County is one of the 10th largest metropolitan statistical area (seven counties) in the US with over 3.7 million people. Harris County is the third largest county in the United States as of 2004. Houston, the largest city in the area and fourth largest city in the U.S., has a population of more than 1.6 million and is the county seat. Houston's port is the second busiest in the country. Fifty-eight foreign governments maintain consular offices in Houston; the fifth largest consular corps in the nation.

Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world. The 14 hospitals in the complex are world leaders in cancer and heart research. Houston is the energy capital of the U. S. and a center for biotechnology. Harris County is the home of NASA. All space flights are controlled from the Johnson Space Center, south of Houston.


Total area: 1,778 square miles
Land area: 1729 square miles
Water area: 49 square miles


Harris County US GenWeb project genealogy page

Clayton Library, a center for Genealogical Research
A division of the Houston Public Library system

Harris County Genealogy Society of Texas

Cemeteries of Harris County

Kindred Trails resources for Harris County, Texas


Harris County Public Library

Texas Medical Center Library

Houston Public Library


Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest school system in Texas and the seventh in the nation.

Houston Independent School District
Aldine Independent School District
Channelview Independent School District
Humble Independent School District
Katy Independent School District
La Porte Independent School District
Pasadena Independent School District
Spring Independent School District
Waller Independent School District

The Greater Houston area has 14 major institutions of higher learning, among them Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Baptist University, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, Houston Community College System with five regional colleges, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Southern University, San Jacinto College District, South Texas College of Law, University of St. Thomas, University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Houston, University of Houston - Clear Lake and University of Houston - Downtown.


Houston's economy is booming with a diverse spread of sectors contributing to its success. There are jobs for highly skilled professionals as well as blue collar workers in all fields. Many of the county's industries are world class leaders in their fields.

Organizations & Groups

Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County

Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce (JayCee)
Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce
Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce
Greater Houston Partnership

Houston Grand Opera Association

Greater Houston Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau

Attractions & Other Information

Houston Astros - Major League Baseball Club
The Houston Rockets - NBA
The Houston Aeros - NHL

The Houston Symphony

Contemporary Arts Museum - Houston
The Childrens Museum of Houston
The San Jacinto Museum of History
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The Houston Zoo

The Port of Houston - though 50 miles from the coast, it is one of the country's busiest ports.

George Ranch Historical Park
A Living history ranch and museum
10215 FM 762
Richmond, Texas 77469
Phone: 281-343-0218

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