Walker County, Texas

Walker County: County in Texas, United States

About

Walker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,861 and a population density of 33 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 72,164 inhabitants. Its county seat is Huntsville. The county was created 178 years ago in 1846.

Walker County is located in southeastern Texas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 73,295 making it the 28th most populous county in Texas. The county seat is Huntsville.

History

Early days

Walker County was established in 1846 following Texas' annexation by the United States. It was named after Samuel Hamilton Walker, a Texas Ranger captain.

Prison establishment

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice was established in Huntsville in 1849. This brought substantial growth and economic development.

Later events

Sam Houston State University opened in 1879, further expanding Huntsville's importance.

Economy

Prison industry

The extensive Texas prison system looms large over the local economy. Over 14,000 people work for the prison and criminal justice facilities in Huntsville.

Education

Sam Houston State University is a major employer with over 21,000 students.

Healthcare

The county has a sizable healthcare sector led by the Huntsville Memorial Hospital system.

Attractions

Top attractions include:

  • The Sam Houston Memorial Museum dedicated to the famous Texas leader
  • The Texas Prison Rodeo held each October
  • Huntsville State Park - over 5,000 acres with trails, camping and water recreation
Walker County locator map
Location of Walker County on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Walker County

Population : 72,164 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
Different from : Walker County, Walker County
Area : 2076 km2
Water as percent of area : 2.2%
Land as percent of area : 97.8%
Named for : Samuel Hamilton Walker
Capital : Huntsville
Establishment : April 04, 1846
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 02:42:08 (22nd June 2024)
Density : 35 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 5.96% (2010-2020)
Walker county tx courthouse 2014 image
Walker county tx courthouse 2014
Walker county tx courthouse 2014 image

Geography

Walker County is located at 30°44'21"N 95°34'20"W (30.7390500, -95.5722800). It has 6 neighbors: Houston County, Grimes County, Madison County, Montgomery County, San Jacinto County and Trinity County.

Walker County map

The largest city of Walker County is Huntsville with a population of 41,392. Other cities include, New Waverly population 1,073 and Riverside population 510. See all Walker County cities & populated places.

Walker County Populated Places

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

City Name Population Title
Huntsville 41,392 The second-largest city in Walker County, Texas.
New Waverly 1,073 City in Walker County, Texas, United States
Riverside 510 City in Walker County, Texas, United States

Walker County has 6 neighbours.

  • Huntsville

Demographics

The population of Walker County increased by 5.96% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 67,861 - census
2011 68,409 0.8% estimation process
2012 68,609 0.29% estimation process
2013 69,404 1.15% estimation process
2014 70,076 0.96% estimation process
2015 70,836 1.07% estimation process
2016 71,845 1.4% estimation process
2017 72,816 1.33% estimation process
2018 73,136 0.44% estimation process
2019 72,971 -0.23% estimation process
2020 72,164 -1.12% estimation process

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People born in Walker County (3)

People born in Walker County, including basketball player and coach Slater Martin, academic Marilyn McAdams Sibley, journalist Tom Ellis, .

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Other places with the same name (3)

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