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Waller County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Waller County
Location in the state of Texas
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Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1873
Seat Hempstead
Largest City Hempstead
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

518 sq mi (1,342 km²)
513 sq mi (1,329 km²)
4.4 sq mi (11 km²), 0.8%
 - (2010)
 - Density

84/sq mi (32/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Edwin Waller

Waller County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,205. Its county seat is Hempstead. The county was named for Edwin Waller, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and first mayor of Austin.

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



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 518 square miles (1,340 km2), of which 513 square miles (1,330 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 9,024
1890 10,888 20.7%
1900 14,246 30.8%
1910 12,138 −14.8%
1920 10,292 −15.2%
1930 10,014 −2.7%
1940 10,280 2.7%
1950 11,961 16.4%
1960 12,071 0.9%
1970 14,285 18.3%
1980 19,798 38.6%
1990 23,390 18.1%
2000 32,663 39.6%
2010 43,205 32.3%
Est. 2015 48,656 12.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the 2000 Census, there were 32,663 people, 10,557 households, and 7,748 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 11,955 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.83% White, 29.25% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 10.28% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. 19.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,557 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 13.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.60% were non-families. 21.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 18.10% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,136, and the median income for a family was $45,868. Males had a median income of $34,447 versus $25,583 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,338. About 11.50% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.00% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.


Houston Executive Airport (3)
Houston Executive Airport

Major highways

The TTC-69 component (recommended preferred) of the once-planned Trans-Texas Corridor went through Waller County.


Houston Executive Airport is located between Brookshire and Katy in an unincorporated area. Skydive Houston Airport (Skylake Airport) is located south of Waller in an unincorporated area.

The Houston Airport System stated that Waller County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County. In addition William P. Hobby Airport in Houston and in Harris County has commercial airline service.




Unincorporated areas

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