Deep East Texas

East Texas Defined

Center, Texas City Park
Center, Texas City Park

In general, East Texas is considered to be the region east of Interstate 45, and west of the Louisiana border.

The northern border is Oklahoma, while the southern edge is the Gulf of Mexico.

East Texas is typically sub-divided into three areas: Upper East Texas, Deep East Texas, and South East Texas.

The 23-county Upper East Texas region stretches from the piney woods bordering Louisiana and Arkansas to the eastern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  It includes larger cities such as Tyler and Longview, and smaller communities such as Mount Vernon, Carthage, Mineola, Linden and Jefferson.

Welcome to Nacogdoches, TexasWelcome to Nacogdoches ... in Deep East Texas

The 3-county South East Texas region includes Hardin, Orange and Jefferson Counties, and cities such as Orange, Beaumont and Port Arthur. It borders the Sabine River to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

About Deep East Texas

The 12-county Deep East Texas region stretches from Nacogdoches County south down to Tyler County, and from Trinity County eastward to Newton County on the Louisiana border.

It includes cities such as Nacogdoches, Crockett, Lufkin, Center, Livingston, Woodville and Jasper.

Historic Shelby County Courthouse in Center, Texas
Historic Shelby County Courthouse in Center, Texas

The area includes two of the oldest towns in Texas: Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, dating from 18th century, and San Augustine, the oldest "Anglo" settlement in Texas, dating from the 1820s.

It covers an area of 9,906 square miles, and supports a population of about 370,000 residents.

The largest cities in the area are Lufkin (33,000 residents) and Nacogdoches (30,000 residents).

Map of Deep East Texas Counties and Larger Cities

 

Map of Deep East Texas Counties and Larger Cities


List of Deep East Texas Counties and County Seats

The following is a list of counties and county seats in East Texas, with links to the official website of each county:

County Name & Website
County Seat
Angelina County Lufkin
Houston County Crockett
Jasper County Jasper
Nacogdoches County Nacogdoches
Newton County Newton
Polk County Livingston
Sabine County Hemphill
San Augustine County San Augustine
San Jacinto County Coldspring
Shelby County Center
Trinity County Groveton
Tyler County Woodville

List of Deep East Texas Cities and Towns

Among the cities and towns in the Deep East Texas area are the following:

  • Center
  • Coldspring
  • Corrigan
  • Crockett
  • Diboll
  • Groveton
  • Hawkins
  • Hemphill
  • Jasper
  • Kirbyville
  • Livingston
  • Lufkin
  • Lumberton
  • Milam
  • Nacogdoches
  • Newton
  • San Augustine
  • Shepherd
  • Tenaha
  • Timpson
  • Woodville
  • Zavalla