EAST TEXAS RANCHES FOR SALE - East Texas is a distinct geographic and ecological area of the United States and Texas. According to the Handbook of Texas, the East Texas area "may be separated from the rest of Texas roughly by a lin extending from the Red River in north central Lamar County southwestward to east central Freestone County and then southeastward towards eastern Galveston Bay", though some separate the Gulf Coast area into a separate region.
East Texas comprises 41 counties. Outside of the Greater Houston area the average population density is around 18–45 per mi² (7–12 per km²), with the population density near the Big Thicket dropping below 18 people per mi². East Texas's population is centered around the Golden Triangle (Texas) which is Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange in Southeast Texas. Moving north from the coast, Lufkin and Nacogdoches anchor the population center of Deep East Texas. Continuing north from Deep East Texas, Tyler, Longview and Marshall, in Northeast Texas, along with Texarkana, on the far northeastern border with Arkansas, represent the major population centers in the northern section of East Texas. Only eight miles from the Texas border, Shreveport, Louisiana, is considered the economic and cultural center for the Ark-La-Tex, the area where Arkansas, Louisiana, and East Texas meet. The 2010 U.S. Census shows 41 East Texas counties with a population of 2,057,518 residents, which represents 8% of the total state population of Texas. Per the 2010 US Census records, the five most populous counties are Jefferson, Smith, Gregg, Bowie and Angelina Counties, Texas.