Hardin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, United States. As of the 2020 census, its population was 56,231. The county seat is Kountze. The county is named for the family of William Hardin from Liberty County, Texas.
Hardin County is part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX metropolitan statistical area.
The county is named for the family of William Hardin (1801-1839), a settler, judge, and postmaster. The Hardin family cemetery is located north of Liberty.
The current Hardin County Courthouse was built in 1959. It is at least the third courthouse to serve Hardin County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 898 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.8%) are covered by water.
Hardin County is located on the flat coastal plains of Southeast Texas, roughly 30 mi (48 km) north of the Gulf of Mexico. The county is largely covered by the dense forest of the Big Thicket. It is crossed by numerous small streams and creeks that drain the county into the Neches River, which forms the eastern boundary of the county.
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