Henderson County, Texas

Henderson County: County in Texas, United States

About

Henderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 78,532 and a population density of 32 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 83,792 inhabitants. Its county seat is Athens. The county was created 177 years ago in 1846.

Henderson County is located in east Texas, southeast of Dallas. It was established in 1846 from land previously belonging to Nacogdoches County. The county was named after James Pinckney Henderson, the first governor of Texas.

The city of Athens became the county seat in 1850. Athens was settled in the 1840s and named after Athens, Greece, due to the hilly terrain.

Key Facts About Henderson County Today

Population: As of 2021, around 83,000 people live in Henderson County. Athens has over 12,000 residents.

Major Industries: The economy is driven by education, manufacturing, distribution, and oil production.

Attractions: Popular attractions include the Athens Scuba Park, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Browning Ranch, and Cathedral of the Pines.

Things to See and Do in Henderson County

Some top attractions and activities in Henderson County include:

  • Scuba diving and training at the Athens Scuba Park
  • Visiting the Cathedral of the Pines, a scenic outdoor natural chapel
  • Touring the aquariums and fish hatcheries at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
  • Hiking, camping, and fishing at Browning Ranch and Lake Palestine
  • Exploring downtown Athens, with unique shops, restaurants, and historic architecture

With its natural beauty and many outdoor recreation options, Henderson County is a great getaway destination in the East Texas region.

Henderson County locator map
Location of Henderson County on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Henderson County

Population : 83,792 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
Different from : Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County, Henderson County
Area : 2458 km2
Water as percent of area : 7.9%
Land as percent of area : 92.1%
Named for : James Pinckney Henderson
Capital : Athens
Establishment : April 04, 1846
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 01:59:29 (20th April 2024)
Density : 34 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 6.28% (2010-2020)
Henderson courthouse tx 2010 image
Henderson courthouse tx 2010
Henderson courthouse tx 2010 image

Geography

Henderson County is located at 32°12'43"N 95°51'13"W (32.2118900, -95.8535600). It has 8 neighbors: Anderson County, Cherokee County, Ellis County, Freestone County, Kaufman County, Navarro County, Smith County and Van Zandt County.

Henderson County map

The largest city of Henderson County is Athens with a population of 12,770. Other cities include, Chandler population 3,219, Tool population 2,335, Malakoff population 2,314 and Seven Points population 1,557. See all Henderson County cities & populated places.

Henderson County Populated Places (more)

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Henderson County.

City Name Population Title
Athens 12,770 City in Texas
Gun Barrel City 6,208 Town of the United States
Chandler 3,219 City in Henderson County, Texas, United States
Tool 2,335 City in Henderson County, Texas, United States
Malakoff 2,314 City in Texas, United States
Seven Points 1,557 City in Henderson County, Texas, United States
Berryville 1,066 Town of the United States
Eustace 1,020 City in Texas, USA
Trinidad 875 City in Henderson County, Texas, United States
Log Cabin 785 City in Henderson County, Texas
Payne Springs 756 Town of the United States
Murchison 610 City in Texas
Star Harbor 487 City in Henderson County, Texas, United States
Enchanted Oaks 343 Town of the United States
Poynor 311 Town of the United States
Coffee City 299 Town in Henderson County, Texas, United States

Henderson County has 8 neighbours.

  • Athens

Demographics

The population of Henderson County increased by 6.28% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 78,532 - census
2011 78,837 0.39% estimation process
2012 78,992 0.2% estimation process
2013 78,669 -0.41% estimation process
2014 79,324 0.83% estimation process
2015 79,492 0.21% estimation process
2016 80,062 0.71% estimation process
2017 80,954 1.1% estimation process
2018 82,103 1.4% estimation process
2019 82,737 0.77% estimation process
2020 83,792 1.26% estimation process

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People born in Henderson County (2)

People born in Henderson County, including musician Sonny Fisher, member of the Bonnie and Clyde Barrow Gang W. D. Jones, .

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