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Kenedy County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texasmarker. It is part of the Kingsville Micropolitan Statistical Area. In 2000, its population was 414. Its seat is Saritamarker , and the county is named for Mifflin Kenedy, an early rancher in the area. Kenedy County has the distinction of having the fourth lowest-population of any county in the United Statesmarker, following Loving County, Texasmarker, Kalawao County, Hawaiimarker, and King County, Texasmarker. It is also the easternmost 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. In 1999, Hurricane Bret struck the county, but damage was minimal due to the county's low population. A wind turbine plant is being built near Saritamarker and is expected to slightly raise the population of the area.

The King Ranch covers a large part of the county. [13695]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,946 square miles (5,039 km²), of which, 1,457 square miles (3,773 km²) of it is land and 489 square miles (1,266 km²) of it (25.12%) is water. The area made Kenedy the 13th largest county in Texas in total area. In land area only, it is the 25th-largest county in Texas.

Major highways

US 77 is the only highway (federal or state) in Kenedy County.

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census of 2000, there were 414 people, 138 households, and 110 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.28 people per square mile (0.11/km²). There were 281 housing units at an average density of 0.19 per square mile (0.07/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.49% White, 0.72% Black or African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 31.88% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. 78.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 138 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.60% were non-families. 18.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.20% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 110.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $26,719. Males had a median income of $18,125 versus $12,188 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,959. 15.30% of the population and 9.90% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.60% are under the age of 18 and 18.80% are 65 or older.

Kenedy County, the third least populous county in Texas, had 108 times more cattle than people in 1999.


The Dick Cheney hunting incident occurred in Kenedy County.

2004 Election

Kenedy County gave a slim majority to Senator John Kerry over incumbent George W. Bush.Kerry won by three votes, 85 to 82.



Almost all of Kenedy County is served by Sarita Elementary School (PreK-6) of the Kenedy County Wide Common School District. Of the nine Texas counties having only one school apiece, the population of Sarita Elementary School was the smallest.

A small portion of Kenedy County is served by the Riviera Independent School District.


  1. " What is Rural?," Rural Texas in Transition. Window on State Government.
  2. " Texas Cops Release Cheney Shooting Report," The Smoking Gun

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