Kountze is a city in Hardin County, Texas, United States. The city is part of the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Kountze was originally established as a railroad town in 1881. The city was named for Herman and Augustus Kountze, financial backers of the Sabine and East Texas Railroad. The seat of Hardin County, Kountze boasts an area of more than 89% forested lush green terrain. The local area produces over 3.5 million board feet of lumber annually. The city is served by the Kountze Independent School District.