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With Residential Lots, Acreage, and Ranches to Choose From, Searching for Harris County Land for Sale is as Exciting as the Texas Topography

If you want a residential lot to build your dream home, some acreage to escape the city, or a ranch to work the land, Harris County land for sale can still be found, and can still be afforded. In a county that spans over 1,703 square miles, land in this southeast region of Texas is filled with possibility…

History of Harris County Texas

History of Harris County Texas

Harris County History

Speaking of land in Harris County, the land in this area, and all of Texas for that matter, has always been hotly contested. What started out as pre-Columbian Texas, then slid into French Texas. After the explorers arrived it did a long stint as Spanish Texas, and then a briefer one as Mexican Texas. By 1836, it was being called the Republic of Texas when in 1845 it was cemented as just ‘Texas,’ when it achieved Statehood as the 28th state in the Union.

The Akokisa Tribe, the Indigenous peoples of the area that is now called Harris County, were there long before all of that. In fact, in 2009, Moore Archaeological Consulting discovered 2,000 Akokisa artifacts dating back to 8,100 BCE. In their hunter-gathering ways, the Akokisa roamed the grassy coastal plains that were punctuated by trees, swamps, and marshland. They often visited Buffalo Bayou, an ancient waterway that today flows through the center of town. The Akokisa went about their business of living off of and working with the land—until they disappeared.

As the influx of American settlers continued the long fight over Texas lands, the settlement of the area went tragically for the Akokisa Tribe. Those who survived the clashes were thought to have been absorbed by neighboring tribes in Louisiana, despite Sam Houston’s efforts to protect them.

The county of Harris was adopted six years prior to Texas’ statehood. The First Congress of the Republic of Texas declared it Harrisburg at first, before eventually settling on just Harris. And there’s a reason for that…

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Harris County Namesake

Harris County Namesake

 Harris County Namesake

John Richardson Harris
Early pioneer life in a new area is hard. No matter what. John Richardson Harris, along with his brothers, Samuel, David, and William, made important contributions to the early development of the county. The Handbook of Texas, created by the Texas Historical Society, informs us that Harris and his wife were native New Yorkers, and eventually settled with their young children in Texas, by way of Missouri.

Harris built his home between two bayous, and also operated two trading posts, a lifeline for settlers desperate to replenish their supplies. It was recorded that he paid Francis W. Johnson to plot Harrisburg, the town he founded, and Harris was also hard at work building a vital steam-powered saw and grist mill in the county.

It was on a trip to New Orleans, where he sailed his own vessel to buy supplies for his sawmill, that he fell ill in Louisiana. He died there from Yellow Fever in August of 1829, and afterword, the county, inspired by his many contributions, shortened the original name of ‘Harrisburg’ to just ‘Harris’ in his honor.

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If you want a residential lot to build your dream home, some acreage to escape the city, or a ranch to work the land, Harris County land for sale can still be found, and can still be afforded. In a county that spans over 1,703 square miles, land in this southeast region of Texas is filled with possibility…

Harris County, TX Demographics

Harris County, TX Demographics

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Harris County: Just the Facts, Ma’am
There are 4,731,145 people who now reside in Harris County, according to the 2020 Census Report. The county takes the top spot as the most ethnically diverse in the nation, says the Harris County government.

In Texas, Harris is the most populous county, and nationwide, it achieves the number three spot with only Los Angeles County, California, and Cook County, Illinois ahead of it. With so many people, the area is full of opportunity, and many are drawn to Harris County for its robust economy and high quality of life. It’s a fantastic place to score a parcel of land for sale in Harris County, near one of the many waterways especially.

Although Texas has a high number of counties as compared to other states, out of the 254 of them, many are arranged in a grid-like pattern. But not Harris. This obscurely-shaped county is bounded by Waller County on the north and west, Montgomery County on the north, Liberty and Chambers counties on the east, Galveston and Brazoria counties on the south, and Fort Bend County on the west. The Handbook of Texas explains that Harris County is the largest county east of the Nueces River, and its southern half is coastal prairie, while the northern half touches the rolling East Texas timberlands.

The city of Houston, the economic powerhouse of the county, sprawls over a vast majority of the area. Annexed many times, the city continued to grow in size, usurping its suburbs and claiming them for its own.

The prosperity after WWII brought a wealth of industry to the region. The Galleria, a world-famous shopping mall with an indoor ice-rink was built, in addition to dozens of startlingly large skyscrapers. Deeper channels were dredged and widened for Port activity (Houston leads the nation in the number of goods exported through its ports), and the Johnson Space Center (NASA) was built in 1961.

Today, Harris County reports that there are 21 Fortune 500 headquarters in the county, many of them providing jobs for over 2.44+ million people. As of the 2020 Census, the median household income was $61,705, a figure that makes purchasing land in Harris County attainable.

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Why should you buy land in Harris County, TX?

Why should you buy land in Harris County, TX?

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Why Should You Buy Land In Harris County?
If the current trajectory is any indication, then the explosive growth of the region will continue to drive the values of real estate investments higher and higher. The old adage, ‘get while the gettin’s good’ is appropriate here, as land is always a great investment, but even more so in booming Harris County, Texas.

Land for sale in Harris County can be found throughout the county, but for more affordable acreage, look for land farther away from downtown Houston. Truthfully, if you want to live in a tiny Texas town of fewer than 1,000 people and one stop-light, you’d be better served to look in the counties that surround Harris but are still part of the Greater Houston Metro Area.

If you are a die-hard Harrisonian however, there are still options for you. Let’s examine a few possibilities outside of the urban metropolis where you might find your perfect parcel:

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Why Harris County?

Why Harris County?

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Harris County is mostly urban. That’s an undeniable fact. But what is great about the county is that there are hidden gems of raw land, pockets of slightly improved land, parcels of commercial properties, and everything in between. Bring your family, bring your horses and be ready to spur your property-buying process into an unbridled search for the best piece of land Harris County has to offer. Bring your giddy-up too though, because whenever you’re on land in the Lone Star State, it’s bound to be a wild ride.

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