South East Texas

The East Texas Region

Crockett Street Entertainment District in Beaumont, South East TexasCrockett Street Entertainment District in Beaumont, South East Texas

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

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

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

The 3-county South East Texas area includes Hardin, Orange and Jefferson Counties, and cities such as Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur.

It borders the Sabine River to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Deep East Texas lies to the north, and Upper East Texas borders Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Interstate Highway 10 runs through the area in an east-west alignment. Other important highways running generally in a north-south direction include U.S. 69, U.S. 96 and U.S. 287.

The population of the 3-county area is about 397,000 residents.

Map Showing Location of South East Texas

Map of South East Texas Counties and Larger Cities

Map of South East Texas Counties and Major Cities

Map of South East Texas Counties and Major Cities


List of South East Texas Counties and County Seats

The following is a list of the 3 counties and county seats in South East Texas, with links to the official website of each county and the Federal Census Bureau 2020 population counts:

County Name
County Seat
Hardin County Kountze 56,231
Jefferson County Beaumont 256,526
Orange County Orange 84,808
Total - 3 Counties   397,565

South East Texas City Governments and City Websites

City of Beaumont

City of Orange

City of Port Arthur

City of Kountze

City of Lumberton

South East Texas Regional Planning Commission

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List of South East Texas Cities and Towns

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


Bridge City


Little Cypress






Port Arthur

Port Neches

Sabine Pass



Sour Lake


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