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Overview

Introduction to Port Arthur, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas is 86 miles E of Houston, Texas. It is in Jefferson county. The city is part of the Beaumont - Port Arthur metro area.

Port Arthur History

Arthur Edward Stilwell, founder of Kansas City Southern Railway, also founded the city of Port Arthur in the late 19th Century.

Port Arthur and nearby Attractions

  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Golf Course
  • Central Shopping Center
  • Government - Municipal Court
  • Port Arthur Reservoir
  • El Vista Church of Christ
  • Pace Cemetery

Things To Do In Port Arthur

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Golf Course was built in honor of "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, an Olympic Gold medalist in multiple events. Her name has been featured in the Guiness Book of World Records as one of the most versatile female competitors of all times. Central Shopping Center serves as a place of attraction for visitors shopping for good deals. Port Arthur Reservoir is a popular place for anglers. The El Vista Church of Christ is a House of Prayer, famous for its magnificent architecture.

Port Arthur Transportation

Air transportation facilities are offered by the Southeast Texas Regional Airport.

Port Arthur Higher Education

Residents of Port Arthur can enroll at the local Lamar State College-Port Arthur. The Lamar University-Beaumont is also close by.

People

Total Population 54,864
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 20,753
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.8%
Median Earnings25+ $27,431
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,860
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,310

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,733
% Above Poverty Level 72.7%
% Below Poverty Level 27.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $704
Median House Value $64,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.5%
US/American 0%
English 2%
Irish 2.6%

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

Port Arthur Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 86 miles E of Houston, Texas
County Jefferson
Metro Area Beaumont - Port Arthur
Standard Zip Codes 77640, 77642
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77641, 77643
Phone Area Codes 409
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.898
Longitude -93.928

Port Arthur 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 PORT ARTHUR AP BEAUMONT
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 78 F
Jul Temp 74 to 92 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 59.8 inches
Station ORANGE
Distance 17.3 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 BEAUMONT RESEARCH CTR
Distance 24.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Griffing (77640)

Griffing Park (77640)

Pear Ridge (77640)

Port Acres (77640)

Sabine (77640)

West Port Arthur (77640)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridge City 7,907 $67,639
Groves 15,845 $60,961

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

Port Arthur Public Libraries

Library
Port Arthur Public Library
4615 9TH AVE
Port Arthur, Texas
(409) 985-8838
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Port Arthur Hospitals

THE MEDICAL CENTER OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS
(Proprietary)
2555 JIMMY JOHNSON BLVD
(409) 853-5900
Emergency Service: No

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Port Arthur High Schools

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2200 JEFFERSON DR
409-962-8451
Serves 1,885 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

HUGHEN SCH
2849 9TH AVE
409-983-6659
A Special Education School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.7

JEFFERSON CO YOUTH ACAD
733 5TH ST
409-720-4019
A Non-traditional School
Serves 10 students.

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