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Overview

Introduction to Rockport, Texas

Rockport, Texas, in Aransas county, is 25 miles NE of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Rockport History

The city of Rockport was established just after the Civil War. Situated between the Copano and Aransas bays, the community was namedbecause of the presence of a rock ledge under its shore. The first shipping wharf was built by Joseph F. Smith and John H. Wood in 1868, and the town was incorporated in 1870. From the 1880s, fishing and boatbuilding were the important industries of the community. The shrimping industry flourished during the 1940s and 50s. The Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1967. Along with fishing and tourism, shrimping remains the principal source of income for the residents of Rockport.

Rockport and Nearby Attractions

  • Texas Maritime Museum
  • Blue Wave Beach
  • Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Presidio La Bahia
  • Texas State Aquarium

Things To Do In Rockport

The Blue Wave beach is litter free and accessible to handicapped people. There is a water skiing basin close to the beach. The nearby Texas Maritime Museum houses exhibits related to the growth of the maritime community and the exploration of oil and gas in the region. Visitors may enjoy fishing, camping, and boating at the Goose Island State Park, which is situated upon 321 acres, and is enclosed by the St. Charles and Aransas bays. The Fannin Battleground State Historic Site marks where Col. J.W. Fannin laid down his arms and surrendered to the Mexican General Jose Urrea. Among other popular places to visit are Copano Bay State Fishing Pier, Fulton Mansion State Historical Park, Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, Texas State Aquarium, and Texas Zoo. Residents of Rockport also celebrate several annual events like the Seafair, Fiesta en la Playa, Rockport Art Festival, and Oktoberfest.

Rockport Transportation

Air transportation is available from Corpus Christi International Airport.

Rockport Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Del Mar College, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, and University of Houston - Victoria.

People

Total Population 9,992
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 24.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,856
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 55.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,098
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $841
Median House Value $189,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 11.7%

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

Rockport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 25 miles NE of Corpus Christi, Texas
County Aransas
Standard Zip Codes 78382
P.O. Box Zip Codes 78381
Phone Area Codes 361
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.02
Longitude -97.054

Rockport 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 ROCKPORT
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 63 to 77 F
Jul Temp 78 to 90 F
Oct Temp 65 to 82 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Station WELDER W'LIFE FOUNDATION
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 65 F
Apr Temp 61 to 80 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 61 to 84 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
Station REFUGIO
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 60 to 81 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 61 to 84 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Copano Village (78382)

Estes (78382)

Lamar (78382)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aransas Pass 8,067 $50,317
Bayside 417 $70,417
Fulton 1,319 $43,750
Ingleside 9,554 $68,431

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

Rockport Public Libraries

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Aransas County Public Library
701 E MIMOSA ST
Rockport, Texas
(361) 790-0153
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Rockport High Schools

ROCKPORT-FULTON H S
1700 OMOHUNDRO ST
361-790-2220
A Title I School.
Serves 1,010 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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