As a generality, East Texas is considered to be the region east of Interstate 45, and west of the Louisiana border.
The northern border of East Texas reaches Oklahoma, while the southern edge touches the Gulf of Mexico near Port Arthur.
Three areas of East Texas are commonly defined: Upper East Texas in the Piney Woods near Arkansas and Oklahoma, Deep East Texas further south, and South East Texas closer to the Gulf Coast.
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.
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.
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 covers an area of about 16,000 square miles.
Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall, Texas
The population of Upper East Texas is about 1,150,000 residents. The most populous counties are Smith, Gregg, and Bowie.
From larger cities such as Tyler and Longview, to smaller communities such as Atlanta, Jefferson, Rusk and Gun Barrel City, Upper East Texas offers excellent living and recreational opportunities.
Located in rolling hills, deep woods and pasture land, Upper East Texas has a wide range of appeal, and things to do in the cities and on short road trips.
From world-class golf courses, walking trails, cultural attractions, state parks, festivals, antique shopping, fall motoring and art museums, the Upper East Texas area has something for everyone!
Among the cities, towns and communities in the Upper East Texas area are the following:
The following is a list of the 23 counties and county seats in Upper East Texas, with the Federal Census Bureau 2020 population counts:
|Total - 23 Counties||1,149,993|