Orange County


County Overview

Texas AgriLife Extension Service has a goal of providing Orange County with quality and relevant educational programs to meet the identified needs of the residents. Here you will find timely, helpful information that is scientifically based and unbiased for your use. Texas AgriLife Extension Service is involved in county partnerships to provide educational programs for Economic Development, Housing and Services for the Elderly, Education on Healthy Lifestyles and setting up local farmer’s markets. During the 2003-2004 Texas Community Futures Forum these issues were identified by residents of Orange County.

Orange County is located on Interstate 10 at the Texas-Louisiana border. It is bounded on the east by the Sabine River and on the west by the Neches River. The county encompasses 356 square miles and has a population of 84,966 as reported in theĀ 2000 population estimate.

The manufacture of lumber and shingles was the first industrial development of Orange County, with cotton, cattle and agriculture also playing important parts in the early growth of the area. Shipbuilding boomed in Orange County beginning with World War II, but actually began before Civil War. During World War II the local shipbuilders were commissioned to build numerous ships for the war effort, during these years the population soared from 7,000 to 60,000.

Orange County offers everlasting variety of attractions, activities, organizations, businesses and industries in a setting of lush trees and flowing waterways!

If you need further information, or are interested in a topic not included in our web page, please contact our office through e-mail or phone and we will be happy to assist you!