Live Oak, Texas

In 1960, the community of Live Oak, California, became a city. The original 316 residents of the German community that became Live Oak are credited with giving the city its name. After its incorporation in 1970, Live Oak’s population was 2,779 during the first U.S. Census. There were an estimated 12,000 residents and 5.5 square miles of land in the city as of September 30, 2007. There were approximately 15,395 people living in the City of Live Oak’s 6,450 dwellings as of the 2017 estimate. Public safety (police and fire protection), solid waste, and public utilities are just a few of the essential municipal services offered by the City (including water and wastewater). Don’t forget to learn about Kirby, Texas here too.


Much of present-day Live Oak County belonged to San Patricio County before 1836. Live Oak County only annexed San Patricio County after that year. In 1855, a band of pioneers in Gussettville got together to draft a petition demanding the creation of a new authority for their communities. A large living oak served as a temporary home for the petition. On January 31, 1856, in response to a petition presented the day before, San Patricio and Nueces Counties were split to create Live Oak County. Oakville, the community that would be developed on 640 donated acres, was approved by county officials in the fall of that year. Oakville lost its status as the county seat to George West after the 1918 election. George West, the county seat and largest town, is located in the southwestern region of the county. It can be found where U.S. Routes 59 and 281 meet. Live Oak County is surrounded by the counties of Atascosa, Bee, Duval, Jim Wells, Karnes, McMullen, and San Patricio on all sides.

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