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Polk County Judge

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Dear Friends, Neighbors and Visitors; We are pleased to have you experience the many reasons Polk County has gained the reputation for being “the place to live” in East Texas. Our unique blend of country living and urban accessibility offers safety, convenience, recreation and a “down home” quality of life like no other.

With our close proximity to the greater Houston area (fourth largest city in the U.S.), Polk County is uniquely positioned to offer urban amenities from a rural setting, such as an international airport (IAH) only 56 miles from our County Courthouse. First-class medical services are available from Memorial Medical Center - Livingston, a 66-bed, acute-care hospital that is increasing to a 200-bed facility once construction on a six-story bed tower expansion project is completed. The hospital specializes in critical access care with its 24/7 emergency room and diagnostic services, which includes MRI, CT and X-Ray scanning and a fully integrated women’s center. The hospital is home to more than 30 physicians who specialize in primary care, internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, infectious diseases and nephrology. Additionally, Polk County is easily accessible to world-class medical care at the Texas Medical Center in Houston and other services available only in a major metropolitan area. Major transportation corridors include U.S. Highway 190 (East/West) and U.S. 59 (North/South), which is slated to become I-69. State Highways 146 and 287 also provide transportation through Polk County.

Situated in the tall pine forests of Deep East Texas, Polk County is a premier recreation destination. We are bounded by the Trinity River on the southwest and the Neches River on the northeast. To the north and east lie more than 100 miles of scenic roads, four Texas Woodland Trails and the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. Construction of the 93,000-acre Lake Livingston was completed in 1968, with some 450 miles of timbered shoreline filled with vacation and primary homes, marinas, campgrounds, boat launches and fishing piers. Public access to the lake is provided by the 700-acre Lake Livingston State Park (2.5 miles of shoreline), which is open year round, as well as a number of smaller parks and boat launches. Lake Livingston’s deep, clean water is alive with a variety of bass, crappie, catfish and bream reeled in by fishermen from around the country. Our County’s scenic forests and abundant deer populations also bring hunters from across the state to deer leases during the season that spans November and December. And, we are home to the national headquarters for Escapees, Inc., a nearly 65,000 active member organization of recreational vehicle owners. At any one time, 500 Escapees are in residence at their headquarters southeast of Livingston, which operates a national mail forwarding service and an adult care center.

Polk County represents a truly excellent retreat for those wanting to escape the hustle and hassle of metropolitan areas. Employment opportunities continue to expand as new facilities open and businesses grow. Our pleasant springs and falls, long warm summers, mild winters and a whole lot of friendly people welcome vacationers year round, encourage retirement to the area and is increasingly why Polk County is being chosen by individuals searching for a better way of life.


John P. Thompson
Polk County Judge

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