Communities: Know the Risk

Orange County

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Orange County was formed in 1852 from portions of Jefferson County. It was named after the orange, the most cultivated fruit of the early settlers at the mouth of the Sabine River.

In 2010, its population is 81,837.

The geography of Orange County varies considerably with saltwater marshes in much of the southwestern part of the county that borders Sabine Lake and Piney Woods in the north. Elevation rarely reaches 30 feet above sea level.

The region in Orange County receives some of the highest rainfall amounts in Texas, with an annual average of 48 inches. Several historic storms have affected this area, including Hurricane Ike in September 2008 and Tropical Storm Allison in June 2001. The eye of Hurricane Rita passed right over this county in September 2005.

Orange County entered the regular National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in January 1983.

For more helpful information, look under Resources and Related Links.

For mapping questions, contact the FEMA Mapping Information eXchange (FMIX) – 1-877-336-2627.

We are currently updating the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for coastal Texas. Please visit

Coastal Barrier Resources Systems are identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and can be viewed here.