Historic Harris County Population: 1850 - Present

Compiled by
The County Information Program, Texas Association of Counties

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HISTORIC POPULATION (CENSUS BUREAU)
County Population
Census 2010:4,092,459
Census 2000:3,400,578
Census 1990:2,818,199
Census 1980:2,409,547
Census 1970:1,741,912
Census 1960:1,243,158
Census 1950:806,701
Census 1940:528,961
Census 1930:359,328
Census 1920:186,667
Census 1910:115,693
Census 1900:63,786
Census 1890:37,249
Census 1880:27,985
Census 1870:17,375
Census 1860:9,070
Census 1850:4,668
 
COUNTY POPULATION BY DECADE
4668 people in 1850 9070 people in 1860 17375 people in 1870 27985 people in 1880 37249 people in 1890 63786 people in 1900 115693 people in 1910 186667 people in 1920 359328 people in 1930 528961 people in 1940 806701 people in 1950 1243158 people in 1960 1741912 people in 1970 2409547 people in 1980 2818199 people in 1990 3400578 people in 2000 4092459 people in 2010
1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
 

The preceeding chart has been edited so that the height of the tallest column is the same for every county regardless of the actual value. The other columns have been adjusted accordingly to maintain the correct ratio of column heights for each Census. Therefore, this chart should not be used to compare populations between counties.


The chart below has the bars offset to the right to make room for negative values.

PERCENT CHANGE IN COUNTY POPULATION BY DECADE
2000 - 2010:spacer20.3   20.3
1990 - 2000:spacer20.7   20.7
1980 - 1990:spacer17.0   17.0
1970 - 1980:spacer38.3   38.3
1960 - 1970:spacer40.1   40.1
1950 - 1960:spacer54.1   54.1
1940 - 1950:spacer52.5   52.5
1930 - 1940:spacer47.2   47.2
1920 - 1930:spacer92.5   92.5
1910 - 1920:spacer61.3   61.3
1900 - 1910:spacer81.4   81.4
1890 - 1900:spacer71.2   71.2
1880 - 1890:spacer33.1   33.1
1870 - 1880:spacer61.1   61.1
1860 - 1870:spacer91.6   91.6
1850 - 1860:spacer94.3   94.3