Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the United States. To date, 33,151,678 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 594,888 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, located in Texas, a total of 626,584 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 9,243 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — below the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

The lower than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land is being driven by one area in particular.

The broader Houston metro area comprises nine counties or county equivalents — and of them, Austin County in Texas has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 2,217 infections in Austin County, or 7,499 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Austin County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Houston metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 125 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Austin County, below the 134 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 16, 2021.

These are all the counties in Texas where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Austin County, TX 7,499 2,217 125 37
2 Waller County, TX 8,298 4,148 100 50
3 Harris County, TX 8,765 403,401 142 6,513
4 Fort Bend County, TX 9,386 69,393 93 690
5 Liberty County, TX 9,836 8,052 232 190
6 Montgomery County, TX 9,926 55,036 108 598
7 Brazoria County, TX 10,858 38,437 149 526
8 Galveston County, TX 12,452 40,730 133 436
9 Chambers County, TX 12,831 5,170 72 29