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Definitions of County Designations

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In accordance with the Texas Health and Safety Code (§ 104.44 and §105.003), HPRC compiles, analyzes, and disseminates much of its data by Urban and Rural Counties or Border and Non-Border Counties. Below are explanations of those designations:

 

Urban and Rural Counties

Counties are designated as Metropolitan or Non-Metropolitan by the U.S. Office of Budget and Management (OMB). HPRC currently uses the designations that took effect in 2013. In Texas, 82 counties are designated as Metropolitan and 172 are designated as Non-Metropolitan. HPRC uses the terms "Non-metropolitan and Metropolitan" interchangeably with "Rural and Urban."

More information can be found at http://www.census.gov/population/www/metroareas/.

 

Border and Non-Border Counties

Counties are designated as Border or Non-Border according to Article 4 of the La Paz Agreement of 1983, which defines a county as a Border county if that county is within 100 Kilometers of the U.S./Mexico border. There are 32 counties in Texas designated as Border counties by this definition.

The La Paz Agreement may be viewed at  http://www.epa.gov/Border2012/docs/LaPazAgreement.pdf.

 

County Urbanization Status Border Status
Anderson Rural Non-Border
Andrews Rural Non-Border
Angelina Rural Non-Border
Aransas Urban Non-Border
Archer Urban Non-Border
Armstrong Urban Non-Border
Atascosa Urban Non-Border
Austin Urban Non-Border
Bailey Rural Non-Border
Bandera Urban Non-Border
Bastrop Urban Non-Border
Baylor Rural Non-Border
Bee Rural Non-Border
Bell Urban Non-Border
Bexar Urban Non-Border
Blanco Rural Non-Border
Borden Rural Non-Border
Bosque Rural Non-Border
Bowie Urban Non-Border
Brazoria Urban Non-Border
Brazos Urban Non-Border
Brewster Rural Border
Briscoe Rural Non-Border
Brooks Rural Border
Brown Rural Non-Border
Burleson Urban Non-Border
Burnet Rural Non-Border
Caldwell Urban Non-Border
Calhoun Rural Non-Border
Callahan Urban Non-Border
Cameron Urban Border
Camp Rural Non-Border
Carson Urban Non-Border
Cass Rural Non-Border
Castro Rural Non-Border
Chambers Urban Non-Border
Cherokee Rural Non-Border
Childress Rural Non-Border
Clay Urban Non-Border
Cochran Rural Non-Border
Coke Rural Non-Border
Coleman Rural Non-Border
Collin Urban Non-Border
Collingsworth Rural Non-Border
Colorado Rural Non-Border
Comal Urban Non-Border
Comanche Rural Non-Border
Concho Rural Non-Border
Cooke Rural Non-Border
Coryell Urban Non-Border
Cottle Rural Non-Border
Crane Rural Non-Border
Crockett Rural Border
Crosby Urban Non-Border
Culberson Rural Border
Dallam Rural Non-Border
Dallas Urban Non-Border
Dawson Rural Non-Border
Deaf Smith Rural Non-Border
Delta Rural Non-Border
Denton Urban Non-Border
De Witt Rural Non-Border
Dickens Rural Non-Border
Dimmit Rural Border
Donley Rural Non-Border
Duval Rural Border
Eastland Rural Non-Border
Ector Urban Non-Border
Edwards Rural Border
Ellis Urban Non-Border
El Paso Urban Border
Erath Rural Non-Border
Falls Urban Non-Border
Fannin Rural Non-Border
Fayette Rural Non-Border
Fisher Rural Non-Border
Floyd Rural Non-Border
Foard Rural Non-Border
Fort Bend Urban Non-Border
Franklin Rural Non-Border
Freestone Rural Non-Border
Frio Rural Border
Gaines Rural Non-Border
Galveston Urban Non-Border
Garza Rural Non-Border
Gillespie Rural Non-Border
Glasscock Rural Non-Border
Goliad Urban Non-Border
Gonzales Rural Non-Border
Gray Rural Non-Border
Grayson Urban Non-Border
Gregg Urban Non-Border
Grimes Rural Non-Border
Guadalupe Urban Non-Border
Hale Rural Non-Border
Hall Rural Non-Border
Hamilton Rural Non-Border
Hansford Rural Non-Border
Hardeman Rural Non-Border
Hardin Urban Non-Border
Harris Urban Non-Border
Harrison Rural Non-Border
Hartley Rural Non-Border
Haskell Rural Non-Border
Hays Urban Non-Border
Hemphill Rural Non-Border
Henderson Rural Non-Border
Hidalgo Urban Border
Hill Rural Non-Border
Hockley Rural Non-Border
Hood Urban Non-Border
Hopkins Rural Non-Border
Houston Rural Non-Border
Howard Rural Non-Border
Hudspeth Urban Border
Hunt Urban Non-Border
Hutchinson Rural Non-Border
Irion Urban Non-Border
Jack Rural Non-Border
Jackson Rural Non-Border
Jasper Rural Non-Border
Jeff Davis Rural Border
Jefferson Urban Non-Border
Jim Hogg Rural Border
Jim Wells Rural Non-Border
Johnson Urban Non-Border
Jones Urban Non-Border
Karnes Rural Non-Border
Kaufman Urban Non-Border
Kendall Urban Non-Border
Kenedy Rural Border
Kent Rural Non-Border
Kerr Rural Non-Border
Kimble Rural Non-Border
King Rural Non-Border
Kinney Rural Border
Kleberg Rural Non-Border
Knox Rural Non-Border
Lamar Rural Non-Border
Lamb Rural Non-Border
Lampasas Urban Non-Border
La Salle Rural Border
Lavaca Rural Non-Border
Lee Rural Non-Border
Leon Rural Non-Border
Liberty Urban Non-Border
Limestone Rural Non-Border
Lipscomb Rural Non-Border
Live Oak Rural Non-Border
Llano Rural Non-Border
Loving Rural Non-Border
Lubbock Urban Non-Border
Lynn Urban Non-Border
McCulloch Rural Non-Border
McLennan Urban Non-Border
McMullen Rural Border
Madison Rural Non-Border
Marion Rural Non-Border
Martin Urban Non-Border
Mason Rural Non-Border
Matagorda Rural Non-Border
Maverick Rural Border
Medina Urban Non-Border
Menard Rural Non-Border
Midland Urban Non-Border
Milam Rural Non-Border
Mills Rural Non-Border
Mitchell Rural Non-Border
Montague Rural Non-Border
Montgomery Urban Non-Border
Moore Rural Non-Border
Morris Rural Non-Border
Motley Rural Non-Border
Nacogdoches Rural Non-Border
Navarro Rural Non-Border
Newton Urban Non-Border
Nolan Rural Non-Border
Nueces Urban Non-Border
Ochiltree Rural Non-Border
Oldham Urban Non-Border
Orange Urban Non-Border
Palo Pinto Rural Non-Border
Panola Rural Non-Border
Parker Urban Non-Border
Parmer Rural Non-Border
Pecos Rural Border
Polk Rural Non-Border
Potter Urban Non-Border
Presidio Rural Border
Rains Rural Non-Border
Randall Urban Non-Border
Reagan Rural Non-Border
Real Rural Border
Red River Rural Non-Border
Reeves Rural Border
Refugio Rural Non-Border
Roberts Rural Non-Border
Robertson Urban Non-Border
Rockwall Urban Non-Border
Runnels Rural Non-Border
Rusk Urban Non-Border
Sabine Rural Non-Border
San Augustine Rural Non-Border
San Jacinto Rural Non-Border
San Patricio Urban Non-Border
San Saba Rural Non-Border
Schleicher Rural Non-Border
Scurry Rural Non-Border
Shackelford Rural Non-Border
Shelby Rural Non-Border
Sherman Rural Non-Border
Smith Urban Non-Border
Somervell Urban Non-Border
Starr Rural Border
Stephens Rural Non-Border
Sterling Rural Non-Border
Stonewall Rural Non-Border
Sutton Rural Border
Swisher Rural Non-Border
Tarrant Urban Non-Border
Taylor Urban Non-Border
Terrell Rural Border
Terry Rural Non-Border
Throckmorton Rural Non-Border
Titus Rural Non-Border
Tom Green Urban Non-Border
Travis Urban Non-Border
Trinity Rural Non-Border
Tyler Rural Non-Border
Upshur Urban Non-Border
Upton Rural Non-Border
Uvalde Rural Border
Val Verde Rural Border
Van Zandt Rural Non-Border
Victoria Urban Non-Border
Walker Rural Non-Border
Waller Urban Non-Border
Ward Rural Non-Border
Washington Rural Non-Border
Webb Urban Border
Wharton Rural Non-Border
Wheeler Rural Non-Border
Wichita Urban Non-Border
Wilbarger Rural Non-Border
Willacy Rural Border
Williamson Urban Non-Border
Wilson Urban Non-Border
Winkler Rural Non-Border
Wise Urban Non-Border
Wood Rural Non-Border
Yoakum Rural Non-Border
Young Rural Non-Border
Zapata Rural Border
Zavala Rural Border

Urban-Rural Designation for Texas Counties, 2013

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Last updated June 10, 2014