From the moment you enter Delta County, you’ll feel right at home.
Delta County is located in Northeast Texas between the North and South Sulphur rivers and is triangular in shape, hence its name. We are one of the smallest counties in the state, encompassing 278 square miles. What we lack in size, we make up for in good values and great country living!
Progressive Farmer, a magazine that has reflected rural life for decades, has focused in on the best places to live in America’s Southwest, and high on the list of top counties is Delta County. The magazine lists Delta County at 22, placing it above a host of other counties due to its population density, lower cost of housing, excellent education system, and average household income.
Folks in Delta County have known for a long time what the rest of the country is learning: You can get a lot more for your money right here. Land is affordable, the public school system is excellent, and we are in close proximity to Paris Junior College as well as Texas A&M at Commerce. Quality education is available from preschool through college, all within a 25-mile radius from home.
A huge plus for Delta County is its proximity to the Metroplex. One can enjoy the many qualities of rural life and still be in the city very quickly. We are less than a two-hour drive from DFW Airport. Being that close to a major international airport is very attractive to the business community, as well as those interested in leisure travel.
The demographics of Delta County have clearly changed over the years. In the early 1900s, the population of Delta County was approximately 20,000 people. The most recent U.S. Census reports 5,231 residents in Delta County; however, more recently Delta County is seeing growth in a number of areas, not the least of which is the widening of Highway 24 from a two-lane to a four-lane highway from Cooper to the Hunt County line to the south. This 10-mile stretch makes it possible to leave Laredo or Houston and drive a four-lane highway all the way to the Canadian border.
Many who grew up in Delta County have chosen to come home for their retirement. Proximity to doctors and hospitals is most important, particularly to an aging population, and surrounding communities offer excellent facilities, all in a short driving distance for Delta County residents.
Delta County is the gateway to Cooper Lake State Park, with everything from camping, fishing, picnicking and boating, to hiking, bird-watching, and nature studies.
The Delta County Public Library houses an excellent literary collection along with genealogy records.
Our annual fall festival, Chiggerfest, takes place the third Saturday in October.
Last but not least, a host of churches offer a variety of choices.
Truly, there is something for everyone in Delta County. Just come on over; you’ll be right at home.
– By Carol Beth King, past president of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, and Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire