Harris County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,092,459, making it the most populous county in Texas and the third-most populous county in the United States. Its county seat is Houston, the largest city in Texas and fourth-largest city in the United States. The county was founded in 1836 and organized in 1837. It is named for John Richardson Harris, an early settler of the area. By the July 2017 Census Bureau estimate Harris County's population had grown to 4,652,980, over 16 percent of Texas's population.
Harris County is included in the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is the fifth-most populated metropolitan area in the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,777 square miles (4,600 km²), of which 1,703 square miles (4,410 km²) is land and 74 square miles (190 km²) (4.2%) is covered by water. Both its total area and land area are larger than the state of Rhode Island.
As of the 2010 Census, the population of the county was 4,092,459, White Americans made up 56.6% of Harris County's population; non-Hispanic whites represented 33.0% of the population. Black Americans made up 18.9% of the population. Native Americans made up 0.7% of Harris County's population. Asian Americans made up 6.2% of the population (2.0% Vietnamese, 1.2% Indian, 1.1% Chinese, 0.6% Filipino, 0.3% Korean, 0.1% Japanese, 1.0% Other). Pacific Islander Americans made up just 0.1% of the population. Individuals from other races made up 14.3% of the population; people from two or more races made up 3.2% of the county's population. Hispanics and Latinos (of any race) made up 40.8% of Harris County's population. As of the 2010 census, there were about 6.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.
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