Karnes County History and Demographics

Karnes County was created and organized in 1854, from Bexar, Goliad, and San Patricio Counties. It was named for the Texas Revolutionary figure, Henry W. Karnes. The county consists of 482,000 acres or 753 square miles of land with 85 % of this acreage being utilized in farms and ranches. The county seat is Karnes City. The terrain is level to rolling, draining to the San Antonio River. Seventy-five percent of farm and ranch income is derived from cattle. Other agricultural products are corn, wheat, grain sorghum, hay, peanuts, dairy and sunflowers.  Karnes County has four school districts that have been recognized for outstanding educational standards, Falls City ISD, Karnes City ISD, Kenedy ISD and Runge ISD.

According to the 2010 Census
Population: 14,824
Largest Age Group: 30-34
Median Age: 37
Mean Family Income: $64,495
Households: 4,497


  • Karnes County is well known as a dove hunter’s paradise.
  • The county is prospective for shale oil, shale gas, and the gas – condensate or liquids-rich window of the Eagle Ford Shale formation.
  • Karnes County is home to the oldest polish settlement in America, Panna Maria.


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