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. The population of Port Arthur is 57,755.

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.


Total Population 54,685
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 21,041
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 40.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.4%
Median Earnings25+ $26,945
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,836
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,076


Median Family Income $37,381
% Above Poverty Level 69.6%
% Below Poverty Level 30.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $689
Median House Value $66,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 77.3%
US/American 0%
English 2.1%
Irish 3.1%

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


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

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
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 7,898 $66,350
Groves 15,911 $61,500

Port Arthur Public Libraries

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

(409) 853-5900
Emergency Service: No

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Port Arthur High Schools

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Serves 1,885 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

2849 9TH AVE
A Special Education School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.7

733 5TH ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 10 students.

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