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Overview

Introduction to Baytown, Texas

Baytown, Texas is 23 miles E of Houston, Texas. Baytown is situated in the Gulf Coast portion of Texas and is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. The city is bordered on the south and the west by Galveston Bay and bordered on the east by Cedar Bayou.

Baytown is regarded as a prosperous industrial city. Oil refining, chemicals, plastics and rubber of some of the major industries. Exxon-Mobil, Bayer, Exxon Chemical, Amoco and Chevron Phillips are some of the major employers. The Gulf winds help to make the summer nights pleasant and prevents the harsh winter weather from entering Baytown.

Baytown History

Settlements were established beginning in 1822. In 1947 three cities merged together to form Baytown. In 1916 the Humble Oil & Refining Company constructed the first offshore drilling operation in the state of Texas and it was the second one built in the nation. The Baytown Refinery became one of the biggest Exxon refineries in the world. Other refineries were also built in the city. In 1970 United States Steel established the Texas Works in the area. Years later the plant closed.

Baytown Attractions

  • J.D. Walker Community Center
  • Texas Night Out is a notable event
  • San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site includes the Battleship TEXAS and the San Jacinto Battleground which gave Texas its independence and is a National Historic Landmark
  • The impressive, huge live oak tree that is estimated to be over a thousand years old is regarded as a city landmark
  • Bicentennial Park Amphitheater
  • Baytown Symphony Orchestra
  • Baytown Historical Museum
  • Fred Hartman Bridge is an impressive structure
  • Republic of Texas Plaza
  • Wallisville Heritage Park

Baytown Activities

Baytown provides opportunities for sailing, duck hunting, fresh and salt water fishing and other outdoor activities. The Baytown Nature Center is a large acreage featuring wetlands, a vast number of bird species, wild flowers, and a variety of wildlife. The beaches at Galveston Island are popular with residents and tourists. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Evergreen Point Golf Course.

Baytown features a vast number of parks. The Bayland Park Marina provides a boat launch and a dock and is popular for fishing and boating. The Goose Creek Stream Greenbelt includes bicycle and walking trails and opportunities for canoeing. Gray Sports Complex includes nature trails, a lighted ball field and other facilities.

Baytown Higher Education

Lee College is nearby.

Baytown Transportation

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport provides air transportation. The METRO offers service to downtown Houston.

People

Total Population 74,897
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 29,955
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.7%
Median Earnings25+ $36,518
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,758
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,901

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,573
% Above Poverty Level 80.4%
% Below Poverty Level 19.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.7%
Median Gross Rent $813
Median House Value $95,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 64.1%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Baytown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles E of Houston, Texas
County Harris
Standard Zip Codes 77520, 77521
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77522
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.735
Longitude -94.977

Baytown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BAYTOWN
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 61 F
Apr Temp 60 to 77 F
Jul Temp 76 to 92 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.7 inches
Station HOUSTON SAN JACINTO DAM
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 63 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Station HOUSTON HOBBY AP
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 61 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 94 F
Oct Temp 62 to 82 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Baytown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bayway (77520)

Cedar Point (77520)

Garth (77520)

Lakewood (77520)

Lynchburg (77520)

McNair (77520)

Stewart Heights (77520)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beach City 2,447 $101,042
Cove 451 $69,583
Deer Park 33,313 $82,248

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Baytown Public Libraries

Library
Sterling Municipal Library
WILBANKS AVE
Baytown, Texas
(281) 427-7331
Library Web Site

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Baytown Hospitals

SAN JACINTO METHODIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
4401 GARTH ROAD
(281) 420-8600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Baytown High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

STERLING H S
4544 INTERSTATE 10 E
281-420-4500
Serves 2,414 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

LEE H S
4544 INTERSTATE 10 E
281-420-4535
Serves 2,374 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING
4544 INTERSTATE 10 E
281-420-4555
A Non-traditional School
Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.9

SP ED CTR
4544 INTERSTATE 10 E
281-420-4520
A Special Education School
Serves 84 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.4

SCH COMMUNITY GUID CTR
4544 INTERSTATE 10 E
281-420-4630
A Non-traditional School
Serves 56 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.6

NIGHT SCHOOL
4544 INTERSTATE 10 E
281-420-4630
A Non-traditional School
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

STUART CAREER CTR
4544 INTERSTATE 10 E
281-420-4550
A Non-traditional School

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