Counties most concerned about climate change in Texas

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October 13, 2022
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Counties most concerned about climate change in Texas

Nationally, 72% of Americans believe global warming is happening. But when public opinion researchers zoom in on Americans, they find that attitudes and opinions about climate change can vary drastically from county to county—even when those counties are next door. Public opinion factors into how policy-makers respond to climate change, including taking steps to reduce CO2 levels and mitigate harmful impacts already being experienced. Stacker compiled a list of counties most concerned about climate change in Texas using data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Counties are ranked by the percent of residents that are worried about global warming.

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#50. Bee County

- Worried about global warming: 62.3%
--- 0.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 47.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
- Total population: 25,710 people
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#49. San Patricio County

- Worried about global warming: 62.4%
--- 0.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.1%
- Total population: 48,907 people
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#48. Lubbock County

- Worried about global warming: 62.4%
--- 0.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 32.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.1%
- Total population: 231,744 people
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#47. Waller County

- Worried about global warming: 62.4%
--- 0.2% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 46.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.3%
- Total population: 39,301 people
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#46. Tarrant County

- Worried about global warming: 62.7%
--- 0.5% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 44.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.0%
- Total population: 1,506,123 people
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#45. Medina County

- Worried about global warming: 62.8%
--- 0.6% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 46.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.6%
- Total population: 38,462 people
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#44. Atascosa County

- Worried about global warming: 62.9%
--- 0.7% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 54.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 47.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.3%
- Total population: 35,909 people
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#43. Ector County

- Worried about global warming: 63.0%
--- 0.8% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 47.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.6%
- Total population: 112,125 people
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#42. Denton County

- Worried about global warming: 63.2%
--- 1.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 43.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.7%
- Total population: 624,909 people
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#41. Pecos County

- Worried about global warming: 63.4%
--- 1.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 55.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 47.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.8%
- Total population: 11,927 people
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#40. Victoria County

- Worried about global warming: 63.5%
--- 1.3% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 47.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.4%
- Total population: 68,623 people
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#39. Bailey County

- Worried about global warming: 63.7%
--- 1.5% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 49.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.7%
- Total population: 5,039 people
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#38. Jeff Davis County

- Worried about global warming: 64.0%
--- 1.8% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 45.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.3%
- Total population: 1,865 people
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#37. Collin County

- Worried about global warming: 65.0%
--- 2.8% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 67.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 48.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.2%
- Total population: 717,857 people
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#36. Brazos County

- Worried about global warming: 65.0%
--- 2.8% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 44.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.8%
- Total population: 177,134 people
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#35. Caldwell County

- Worried about global warming: 65.1%
--- 2.9% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 62.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 48.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.3%
- Total population: 31,993 people
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#34. Reeves County

- Worried about global warming: 65.3%
--- 3.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.3%
- Total population: 12,122 people
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#33. Bastrop County

- Worried about global warming: 65.5%
--- 3.3% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 59.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 47.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.3%
- Total population: 62,960 people
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#32. Frio County

- Worried about global warming: 65.9%
--- 3.6% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.3%
- Total population: 15,140 people
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#31. La Salle County

- Worried about global warming: 65.9%
--- 3.7% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 57.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.9%
- Total population: 5,917 people
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#30. Bell County

- Worried about global warming: 66.4%
--- 4.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 62.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 49.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.4%
- Total population: 251,822 people
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#29. Hudspeth County

- Worried about global warming: 66.4%
--- 4.2% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 56.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 52.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.7%
- Total population: 3,349 people
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#28. Culberson County

- Worried about global warming: 67.2%
--- 5.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 58.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.9%
- Total population: 1,576 people
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#27. Williamson County

- Worried about global warming: 67.3%
--- 5.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 46.3%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.0%
- Total population: 405,280 people
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#26. Uvalde County

- Worried about global warming: 67.4%
--- 5.2% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 51.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.4%
- Total population: 19,623 people
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#25. Jim Wells County

- Worried about global warming: 67.6%
--- 5.4% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 60.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 51.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.0%
- Total population: 29,508 people
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#24. Harris County

- Worried about global warming: 68.1%
--- 5.9% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 54.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.9%
- Total population: 3,400,738 people
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#23. Fort Bend County

- Worried about global warming: 68.4%
--- 6.2% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.6%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 49.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.1%
- Total population: 553,723 people
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#22. Nueces County

- Worried about global warming: 69.0%
--- 6.8% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 65.5%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 28.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.3%
- Total population: 272,004 people
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#21. Brewster County

- Worried about global warming: 69.1%
--- 6.9% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 65.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 51.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 38.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.4%
- Total population: 7,462 people
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#20. Val Verde County

- Worried about global warming: 69.6%
--- 7.4% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 53.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.9%
- Total population: 35,023 people
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#19. Hays County

- Worried about global warming: 69.8%
--- 7.6% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 50.0%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 34.1%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.2%
- Total population: 163,998 people
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#18. Dallas County

- Worried about global warming: 70.7%
--- 8.5% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 54.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.7%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.4%
- Total population: 1,919,529 people
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#17. Kleberg County

- Worried about global warming: 70.9%
--- 8.7% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 53.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.1%
- Total population: 23,473 people
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#16. Willacy County

- Worried about global warming: 71.2%
--- 9.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 54.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.6%
- Total population: 16,414 people
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#15. Cameron County

- Worried about global warming: 71.3%
--- 9.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 54.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.3%
- Total population: 291,931 people
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#14. Brooks County

- Worried about global warming: 72.0%
--- 9.8% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 55.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.7%
- Total population: 5,251 people
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#13. Dimmit County

- Worried about global warming: 72.2%
--- 10.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 63.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 54.7%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.2%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.1%
- Total population: 7,369 people
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#12. Zavala County

- Worried about global warming: 72.3%
--- 10.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 64.7%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 54.8%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.0%
- Total population: 8,483 people
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#11. Bexar County

- Worried about global warming: 73.0%
--- 10.8% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 68.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 54.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.2%
- Total population: 1,450,476 people
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#10. Maverick County

- Worried about global warming: 73.3%
--- 11.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 65.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 57.2%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.0%
- Total population: 39,888 people
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#9. Travis County

- Worried about global warming: 73.9%
--- 11.7% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 67.2%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 53.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 37.9%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.8%
- Total population: 956,831 people
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#8. Hidalgo County

- Worried about global warming: 74.2%
--- 12.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.1%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 55.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.8%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.9%
- Total population: 573,437 people
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#7. Duval County

- Worried about global warming: 75.2%
--- 13.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 58.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 30.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.9%
- Total population: 8,368 people
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#6. El Paso County

- Worried about global warming: 75.3%
--- 13.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 69.4%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 59.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 66.5%
- Total population: 606,560 people
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#5. Starr County

- Worried about global warming: 76.0%
--- 13.8% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.9%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 61.1%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.0%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.0%
- Total population: 42,935 people
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#4. Jim Hogg County

- Worried about global warming: 76.1%
--- 13.9% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 67.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 60.4%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.5%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.4%
- Total population: 3,558 people
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#3. Zapata County

- Worried about global warming: 76.1%
--- 13.9% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 66.8%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 60.6%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 31.6%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.7%
- Total population: 9,508 people
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#2. Webb County

- Worried about global warming: 76.2%
--- 14.0% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 67.0%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 58.9%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.3%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.8%
- Total population: 182,640 people
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#1. Presidio County

- Worried about global warming: 78.3%
--- 16.1% higher than Texas average
- Agree that global warming is affecting weather: 70.3%
- Think global warming will harm them personally: 62.5%
- Hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 33.4%
- Think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 69.3%
- Total population: 5,166 people

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