Introduction to Silsbee, Texas

Silsbee, Texas, in Hardin county, is 18 miles N of Beaumont, Texas (center to center) and 81 miles NE of Houston, Texas . The city is in the Beaumont - Port Arthur metropolitan area.

Silsbee History

This area was settled when the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway arrived in 1894. John Henry Kirby, who was responsible for building the railroad, also built a logging camp and sawmill in the area. The new community was initially named Mill Town, but was later renamed Silsbee after Kirby's partner Nathan D. Silsbee. The Kirby Lumber Company was the primary source of employment for the residents. Following the discovery of an oilfield in 1936, and along with its prospering timber business and other agricultural resources, Silsbee experienced substantial economic growth.

Silsbee and Nearby Attractions

  • Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum
  • W.H. Stark House
  • Ice House Museum
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Kirby Hill House

Things To Do In Silsbee

The Armand Bayou Nature Center has activities like bird watching, hiking and animal displays. Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum is dedicated to the famous athlete. Big Thicket National Preserve or Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary is among the most famous biologically diverse regions in the world. Other attractions include the Ice House Museum and W.H. Stark House, which is the former home of industrialist William Henry Stark.

Silsbee Transportation

Air transportation is available from Southeast Texas Regional Airport.

Silsbee Higher Education

Lamar State College - Orange, Lamar State College - Port Arthur and Lamar University are some of the colleges near Silsbee.


Total Population 6,687
Male Share of the Population 43.6%
Female Share of the Population 56.4%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,396
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 47%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $39,549
% Above Poverty Level 71.6%
% Below Poverty Level 28.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $640
Median House Value $90,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 8.4%

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

Silsbee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles N of Beaumont, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles NE of Houston, Texas
County Hardin
Metro Area Beaumont - Port Arthur
Standard Zip Codes 77656
Phone Area Codes 409
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.348
Longitude -94.177

Silsbee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 20.5 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
Distance 31.2 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 59 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches
Distance 42 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaumont 117,676 $51,227

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

Silsbee Public Libraries

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Serves 886 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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Serves 2 students.

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