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Overview

Introduction to La Porte, Texas

La Porte, Texas, in Harris county, is 5 miles SW of Baytown, Texas (center to center) and 21 miles E of Houston, Texas. The city is in the Houston area.

La Porte History

La Porte was incorporated on August 10, 1892. It is located in Harris County and is the oldest incorporated town in the region. The area was used for a real estate venture by a group of Colorado-based colonizers and land developers. Although initially advertised as an area suitable for agriculture, the black gumbo soil was soon found to be unsuited for farming. The town gradually altered its image to that of a resort town until World War II. The influence of this great war was instrumental in slowly transforming the area into a full-scale industrial zone.

La Porte and nearby Attractions

  • Battleship USS Texas
  • San Jacinto Battlefield State Historical Park
  • Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
  • La Porte Cemetery
  • San Jacinto Monument and Museum

Things To Do In La Porte

The Battlefield USS Texas is considered to be the world's only existing dreadnought. It served in both World Wars and now stands in La Porte as a tourist attraction. School children raised money to have the ship completely renovated. San Jacinto Battlefield State Historical Park has a 570-foot tall limestone monument built in remembrance of the war fought in 1836 between the armies of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and the patriots of Texas. This war resulted in Texas earning its independence. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is known for its quaint architecture and the ambience of serenity. La Porte Cemetery attracts visitors for its peaceful surroundings.

La Porte Transportation

Ellington Field Airport provides air transportation facilities to the people of La Porte.

La Porte Higher Education

San Jacinto College-Central Campus, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Lee College offer facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 34,746
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 16,951
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 53.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $44,514
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,382
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,970

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,922
% Above Poverty Level 89.2%
% Below Poverty Level 10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.9%
Median Gross Rent $996
Median House Value $122,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.2%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 9.3%

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

La Porte Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Baytown, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles E of Houston, Texas
County Harris
Standard Zip Codes 77571
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77572
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.665
Longitude -95.019

La Porte 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 11.7 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 HOBBY AP
Distance 15.9 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
Station LIBERTY
Distance 30.7 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 81 F
Annual Precip 60.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lomax (77571)

Morgans Point (77571)

Sylvan Beach (77571)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baytown 74,897 $56,573
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/.

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La Porte High Schools

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LA PORTE HIGH SCHOOL
301 E FAIRMONT PKWY
281-604-7500
Serves 2,252 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

DEWALT ALTER
301 E FAIRMONT PKWY
281-604-6900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 89 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.7

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