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Overview

Introduction to Bridge City, Texas

Bridge City, Texas, in Orange county, is 9 miles NE of Port Arthur, Texas (center to center) and 92 miles E of Houston, Texas. The city is included in the Beaumont - Port Arthur metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 8,651 people lived in Bridge City.

Bridge City History

Bridge City was originally named Prairie View because it is near the Texas coastline. Nomadic cannibals called the Attakapa Indians settled in this region before the American Revolution. During the mid 19th century, the settlers were primarily herdsmen and farmers. The Cow Bayou Canal Company dug a long canal and built a pumping plant on Cow Bayou in the early 20th century for irrigation. In 1938, after the Rainbow Bridge was built, this region became known as Bridge City, because all major roads to enter the city crossed a river. In the beginning of the 20th century, the region grew and schools, posts offices and the first private electric plant were established. The area was incorporated as a city in 1970. Hurricane Ike caused much damage to the city in 2008.

Bridge City and Nearby Attractions

  • W.H. Stark House
  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Art Museum of Southeast Texas
  • Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Bishop's Palace

Things To Do In Bridge City

W.H. Stark House is a museum built at the former residence of famous industrialist William Henry Stark and dates back to the late 19th century. The Stark Museum of Art has a collection of western American painting from the 19th and 20th century. The Museum of the Gulf Coast and Heritage House Museum have artifacts from early 20th century on display. Camping, fishing, boating, hiking opportunities are available at Sam Houston Jones State Park while Sea Rim State Park allows canoeing and kayaking. The Big Thicket National Preserve is a living testimony of the complex biological diversity that coexists in the region.

Bridge City Transportation

Air transportation is available from Lake Charles Regional and Southeast Texas Regional Airport.

Bridge City Higher Education

Lamar State College - Orange, Lamar State College - Port Arthur and Lamar University are some of the colleges near Bridge City.

People

Total Population 7,898
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,525
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.7%
Median Earnings25+ $38,777
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,269
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,074

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,350
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 22.7%
Median Gross Rent $778
Median House Value $133,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.2%
Irish 9.6%

Bridge City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles NE of Port Arthur, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles E of Houston, Texas
County Orange
Metro Area Beaumont - Port Arthur
Standard Zip Codes 77611
Phone Area Codes 409
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.02
Longitude -93.845

Bridge City 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 ORANGE
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 60 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 59 inches
Station ORANGE 9 N
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 62.7 inches
Station BEAUMONT RESEARCH CTR
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 58 to 78 F
Jul Temp 74 to 93 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 57.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Groves 15,911 $61,500

Bridge City Public Libraries

Library
Bridge City Public Library
101 PARKSIDE DR
Bridge City, Texas
(409) 735-4242

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Bridge City High Schools

BRIDGE CITY H S
300 BOWER DR
409-735-1501
Serves 772 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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