South Eastern Texas Real Estate Infrmation

The southeastern portion of the state of Texas is home to some of the best properties and real estate parcels in the Lone Star State. Two of the most important counties in this region, Jefferson County and Orange County, are especially notable for their upscale culture and proximity to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Jefferson County is the larger of the two counties, both physically and in terms of population. Jefferson County has a population of approximately two hundred and fifty two thousand residents, and encompasses a total area of about one thousand, one hundred square miles, including nearly two hundred square miles of standing surface water. Orange County, on the other hand, has a population of just under eighty five thousand residents, as of the census conducted in the year two thousand, and covers a total of about three hundred and eighty square miles, the vast majority of which is dry land.

Jefferson County and Orange County share a number of commonalities, especially in reference to their histories. Both were first explored and scouted by non-Native Americans in the first half of the sixteenth century, especially Spanish adventurers such as Hernando De Soto and Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. The next group to substantially influence the region was the French, who sent Louis Junchereau de Saint Denis and Robert Sieur de La Salle around the turn of the eighteenth century. Settlement in the area increased substantially during the nineteenth century, and both Jefferson and Orange Counties were briefly considered a part of the Republic of Texas. The economies of both regions have been heavily focused on oil during the twentieth century, although cattle and lumber are also important parts of the regional economy.

Both Jefferson County and Orange County maintain a number of nature preserves, parks, and recreational areas, including Big Thicket National Preserve, McFaddin National Wildlife Preserve, and the Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson County and a part of the Big Thicket National Preserve in Orange County. Both counties maintain a number of independent school districts as well as regional private schools, colleges, and universities. The similarities between Jefferson County and Orange County are easily explained not just by their geographic proximity, but also by the fact that Orange County was a part of Jefferson County until the year eighteen fifty two.