Wharton County is without a doubt the best place in the world to live and raise a family. We have incredible schools, popular restaurants, an array of retail centers, modern utilities, and reliable emergency services.
Located 55 miles southwest of Houston on U.S. Highway 59, Wharton County is just far enough away from the traffic jams and long lines to provide big city dwellers with an easy economical escape to the peace and serenity of small town Texas living.
Recognized by many as the Gateway to South Texas Hunting, Wharton County is within a rock’s throw of the finest deer, duck, geese, quail, dove, saltwater, and freshwater fishing in all the Lone Star State.
Currently home to 41,280 residents, Wharton County was established in 1846 and named after Texas brothers William H. and John A. Wharton. Wharton County’s largest incorporated communities are El Campo (11,602 pop.), located west of the Colorado River, and Wharton (8,832) and East Bernard (2,272), which are positioned to the river’s east.
Agriculture and oil-related industry make up the backbone of our economy. Wharton County continues to remain among the leaders in Texas rice, cotton, corn and cattle producers.
Just walk into any Wharton County business or eating establishment, and you’re sure to be greeted with a friendly smile and a warm “Hello!” Make no mistake, our local residents take pride and pleasure in seeing that all who live or come to visit receive the best in personal attention and care. – County Judge Phillip S. Spenrath