Orange County, Texas

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Orange County is one of 254 counties of the State of Texas and its county seat is the town of Orange, Texas. In the year 2000, the population of Orange County was about 85,000. Orange County is the county in the very southeastern corner of Texas, with a boundary with Louisiana and a seacoast on the Gulf of Mexico. Orange County is located in the general Golden Triangle of Texas - the Jefferson County - Orange County area.

Orange County is bordered on its east by the Sabine River - the border with Louisiana, on its southeast by the Gulf of Mexico, on its west by Jefferson County - its parent county, and on its north by three different counties of Texas. Also on its northwestern border is the Neches River.

The biggest building in Orange County is the West Orange-Stark Elementary School, built in 2010. See West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District.

The geography of Orange County varies relatively little, with an elevation that reaches 33 feet (10 meters) above sea level at very few points within the county. Orange County is very flat, and its soil is quite sandy, as could be expected in a county along the Gulf of Mexico. (Sandy soil is also common in southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and in western and southern Florida.) There are saltwater marshes in much of the southeastern part of Orange County that borders the Sabine River. There are piney woods (sometimes capitalized) in the northern part of the county.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Orange County has a total area of 380 square miles (983 km²), of which 356 square miles (923 km²) is land and 23 square miles (60 km²) (6.10%) is water.


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