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Definitions of County Designations

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 https://www.utexas.edu/law/centers/humanrights/borderwall/communities/mexico-La-Paz-Environmental-Agreement.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

  • 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 https://www.utexas.edu/law/centers/humanrights/borderwall/communities/mexico-La-Paz-Environmental-Agreement.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

Last updated June 3, 2015