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Chambers County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Chambers County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1858
Seat Anahuac
Largest City Mont Belvieu
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

871 sq mi (2,256 km²)
597 sq mi (1,546 km²)
274 sq mi (710 km²), 31%
 - (2010)
 - Density

59/sq mi (23/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Chambers County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,096. The county seat is Anahuac.

Chambers County is included in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Mission Nuestra Señora de la Luz, a Spanish mission in Texas, was established in 1756 near what is now Wallisville.

Chambers County was founded in 1858. It is named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers, a major general in the Texas Revolution.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 871 square miles (2,260 km2), of which 597 square miles (1,550 km2) is land and 274 square miles (710 km2) (31%) is water.

The south and southwestern parts of the county lie in the Galveston Bay Area on the shores of Trinity Bay and East Bay. A small portion of the southeastern area lies on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
  • Moody National Wildlife Refuge


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,508
1870 1,503 −0.3%
1880 2,187 45.5%
1890 2,241 2.5%
1900 3,046 35.9%
1910 4,234 39.0%
1920 4,162 −1.7%
1930 5,710 37.2%
1940 7,511 31.5%
1950 7,871 4.8%
1960 10,379 31.9%
1970 12,187 17.4%
1980 18,538 52.1%
1990 20,088 8.4%
2000 26,031 29.6%
2010 35,096 34.8%
Est. 2015 38,863 10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,031 people, 9,139 households, and 7,219 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 10,336 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.88% White, 9.77% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 6.02% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 10.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,139 households out of which 40.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.70% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.00% were non-families. 17.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,964, and the median income for a family was $52,986. Males had a median income of $43,351 versus $25,478 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,863. About 8.30% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.30% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.


Major highways

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10
  • Texas 61.svg State Highway 61
  • Texas 65.svg State Highway 65
  • Toll Texas 99.svg State Highway 99 (Under Construction) aka - Grand Parkway
  • Texas 146.svg State Highway 146
  • See List of Highways in Chambers County for more roadways in Chambers County.


The county operates two airports in unincorporated areas:

  • Chambers County Airport is east of Anahuac
  • Chambers County-Winnie Stowell Airport serves Stowell and Winnie

In addition, RWJ Airpark, a privately owned airport for public use, is located in Beach City.

The Houston Airport System stated that Chambers County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County.



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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