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The 2000 Census showed that Jefferson County had a population of 252,051 people. This represented 1.21% of the total population of Texas, making it the state's 14th most populous county (out of 254 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Jefferson had a population of 243,237 people. This is a decrease of 3.5% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2009243,237-3.5%+0.43% since 2008
2008242,201-3.91%+0.3% since 2007
2007241,488-4.19%+0.46% since 2006
2006240,392-4.63%-2.3% since 2005
2005246,063-2.38%-0.31% since 2004
2004246,834-2.07%-0.17% since 2003
2003247,251-1.9%-0.41% since 2002
2002248,274-1.5%-0.37% since 2001
2001249,190-1.14%-1.14% since 2000
2000252,051The Last Census

Jefferson County had 102,080 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Jefferson County has a total area<3> of 1,111 square miles [2,878 km²]. Of this total, 903 square miles [2,340 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (18.69%) being water (207.7 square miles [537 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Jefferson County had a population density of 279 people per square mile [107.7 people/km²], making it the state's 17th most densely populated county (out of 254 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Jefferson County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Jefferson and the state of Texas.

Click here for the Jefferson County QuickFact (QF-48245).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Jefferson County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Port ArthurQF-485882056,69457,755-1.84%
Port NechesQF-485894012,52513,601-7.91%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ChambersQF-48071   SW31,43126,03120.74%
HardinQF-48199   NW53,42448,07311.13%
LibertyQF-48291   W75,77970,1548.02%
OrangeQF-48361   NE81,81684,966-3.71%

The Gulf of Mexico lies to the south.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Jefferson. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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