Counties most concerned about climate change in Texas

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(STACKER.COM) — 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.

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#50. Waller County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 60.9%
— 2.9% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.6%
– Total population: 37,799

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#49. Calhoun County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.3%
— 2.4% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.0%
– Total population: 16,361

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#48. Victoria County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.3%
— 2.4% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.1%
– Total population: 68,398

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#47. Caldwell County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.8%
— 1.5% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.9%
– Total population: 31,311

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#46. San Patricio County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.8%
— 1.5% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.4%
– Total population: 48,852

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#45. Collin County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 61.9%
— 1.4% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.6%
– Total population: 693,358

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#44. Ector County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.2%
— 1.0% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.2%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.1%
– Total population: 110,749

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#43. Brazos County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.3%
— 0.7% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 39.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 53.1%
– Total population: 174,024

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#42. Parmer County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.5%
— 0.4% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 56.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.5%
– Total population: 6,974

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#41. Bastrop County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.5%
— 0.4% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 42.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.8%
– Total population: 61,480

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#40. Bee County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 62.6%
— 0.2% lower than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.4%
– Total population: 25,741

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#39. Bailey County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.1%
— 0.6% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 52.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 55.9%
– Total population: 5,070

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#38. Williamson County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.3%
— 0.9% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 41.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 26.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.4%
– Total population: 388,150

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#37. Atascosa County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.3%
— 0.9% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 55.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.1%
– Total population: 35,266

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#36. Pecos County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 63.6%
— 1.4% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 57.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 56.5%
– Total population: 11,936

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#35. Edwards County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.3%
— 2.5% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 59.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 25.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.2%
– Total population: 1,708

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#34. Jeff Davis County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.4%
— 2.7% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 43.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.6%
– Total population: 1,810

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#33. Bell County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.4%
— 2.7% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.8%
– Total population: 247,204

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#32. Kenedy County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.6%
— 2.9% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 54.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 12.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 54.3%
– Total population: 428

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#31. Uvalde County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.8%
— 3.3% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.1%
– Total population: 19,633

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#30. Harris County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 64.8%
— 3.3% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 50.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 58.1%
– Total population: 3,362,148

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#29. Frio County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.0%
— 3.5% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 60.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 47.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.0%
– Total population: 14,827

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#28. Fort Bend County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 65.8%
— 4.8% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 45.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.3%
– Total population: 533,859

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#27. La Salle County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.1%
— 5.3% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 61.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.8%
– Total population: 5,796

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#26. Hays County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.7%
— 6.2% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 44.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 27.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.6%
– Total population: 156,653

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#25. Hudspeth County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.7%
— 6.2% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 58.8%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 50.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.2%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 57.9%
– Total population: 3,134

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#24. Reeves County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.9%
— 6.6% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.1%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.0%
– Total population: 11,798

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#23. Brewster County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 66.9%
— 6.6% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.6%
– Total population: 7,432

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#22. Nueces County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.2%
— 7.1% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 46.4%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.8%
– Total population: 270,484

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#21. Jim Wells County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 67.4%
— 7.4% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 62.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 59.0%
– Total population: 29,602

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#20. Dallas County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.3%
— 8.8% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.1%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.5%
– Total population: 1,898,781

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#19. Culberson County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 68.8%
— 9.6% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 63.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 50.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.8%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.8%
– Total population: 1,705

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#18. Kleberg County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.5%
— 10.8% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 49.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 62.1%
– Total population: 23,718

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#17. Willacy County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 69.8%
— 11.3% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 51.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.0%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 61.4%
– Total population: 16,470

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#16. Val Verde County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 70.2%
— 11.8% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 51.5%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 22.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.0%
– Total population: 34,955

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#15. Cameron County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 70.8%
— 12.8% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.5%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 51.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.1%
– Total population: 290,681

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#14. Dimmit County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 70.9%
— 13.0% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 64.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 51.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 18.5%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 60.1%
– Total population: 7,469

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#13. Bexar County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.1%
— 13.2% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 50.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 64.0%
– Total population: 1,426,742

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#12. Travis County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.6%
— 14.1% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.6%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 48.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 29.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.1%
– Total population: 933,881

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#11. Brooks County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.7%
— 14.3% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 53.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 20.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.1%
– Total population: 5,335

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#10. Zavala County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 71.8%
— 14.4% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 65.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 53.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 19.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.0%
– Total population: 8,548

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#9. El Paso County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 72.7%
— 15.8% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 56.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.2%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.7%
– Total population: 605,180

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#8. Jim Hogg County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 74.0%
— 17.9% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.9%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 55.8%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.7%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.7%
– Total population: 3,625

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#7. Hidalgo County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 74.0%
— 17.9% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 66.2%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 53.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.6%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 63.8%
– Total population: 566,969

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#6. Maverick County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 74.5%
— 18.6% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 68.0%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 56.0%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.4%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.8%
– Total population: 39,642

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#5. Webb County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 74.7%
— 19.0% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 67.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 54.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.5%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 65.3%
– Total population: 180,734

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#4. Presidio County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 76.0%
— 21.1% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.3%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 58.2%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.3%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 67.3%
– Total population: 5,187

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#3. Starr County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 76.4%
— 21.7% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.1%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 58.9%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 21.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.8%
– Total population: 42,715

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#2. Duval County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 76.5%
— 21.9% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 69.7%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 57.3%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 23.9%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 68.6%
– Total population: 8,393

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#1. Zapata County

– Percentage who are worried about climate change: 77.8%
— 24.0% higher than Texas average
– Percentage who agree that global warming is affecting weather in the US: 70.4%
– Percentage who think global warming will harm them personally: 59.6%
– Percentage who hear about global warming in the media at least weekly: 24.1%
– Percentage who think Congress should be doing more to address global warming: 70.1%
– Total population: 9,553

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