Introduction to Port Neches, Texas

Port Neches, Texas is 6 miles N of Port Arthur, Texas (center to center) and 85 miles E of Houston, Texas. It is in Jefferson county. The city is part of the Beaumont - Port Arthur metro area.

Port Neches History

The region was originally the home of Atakapa Indians, a tribe dwelling on the coastal region of Texas. It was the site of Fort Grigsby, constructed during the American Civil War, which was built to prevent the Union forces from advancing up the Neches River. The fort, constructed in October 1862, was abandoned some time around July 1863.

Port Neches and nearby Attractions

  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Port Neches - Grove High School Football and Track Stadium
  • Oak Bluff Cemetery
  • Effie & Wilton Hebert Public Library
  • Beaumont Family History Center

Things To Do In Port Neches

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is well known for its magnificent architecture. Many tourists love the ambience of peace and serenity prevalent on the Church grounds. Oak Bluff Cemetery is known for its quaint architecture. Port Neches-Grove High School Football and Track Stadium frequently hosts sports events that tourists can attend as spectators. Effie & Wilton Hebert Public Library is a place where tourists can unwind with a good book. Beaumont Family History Center is a popular museum located near the city.

Port Neches Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Southeast Texas Regional Airport.

Port Neches Higher Education

Lamar University-Beaumont and McNeese State University provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 12,826
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,946
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 58%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.1%
Median Earnings25+ $45,451
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,163
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,000


Median Family Income $75,280
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 24.3%
Median Gross Rent $878
Median House Value $143,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 12.6%

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

Port Neches Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Port Arthur, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles E of Houston, Texas
County Jefferson
Metro Area Beaumont - Port Arthur
Standard Zip Codes 77651
Phone Area Codes 409
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.991
Longitude -93.958

Port Neches Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.5 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 14.9 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 20.2 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

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 Neches Public Libraries

Effie & Wilton Hebert Public Library
Port Neches, Texas
(409) 722-4554
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Port Neches High Schools

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Serves 1,511 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

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