Place:Kenedy, Texas, United States

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Kenedy County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 416.Its seat is Sarita. Kenedy County has the distinction of having the fourth-lowest population of any county in the United States, following Loving County, Texas, Kalawao County, Hawaii, and King County, Texas. It is also the easternmost and southernmost county in the United States that has more square miles than people.

The county was created in 1921 from parts of Hidalgo and Willacy counties and is named for Mifflin Kenedy, an early rancher in the area. In 1999, Hurricane Bret struck the county, but damage was minimal due to the county's low population. The Peñascal Wind Power Project was built near Sarita in the early 21st Century and is expected to slightly raise the population of the area.

The King Ranch covers a large part of the county. [1]

Kenedy County is included in the Kingsville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1832 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1911 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1911 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1911 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1920 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1930 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1920 1,033
1930 701
1940 700
1950 632
1960 884
1970 678
1980 543
1990 460

Note: Kenedy County, formed in 1911, was named Willacy until 1921. The present Willacy County was formed in 1921 from Cameron and Hidalgo with a small part from Kenedy (old Willacy).

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