Overview

Introduction to Bay City, Texas

Bay City, Texas, in Matagorda county, is 48 miles SW of Sugar Land, Texas and 65 miles SW of Houston, Texas.

Bay City History

Bay City was established in 1894 by a Colorado mining millionaire, David Swickheimer. It was formed in partnership with N. M. Vogelsang, G. M. Magill and Nicholas King. The community was named Bay City because of its location on the Bay Prairie. Before construction began, Bay City was a tent city. The Cane Belt Railroad reached the city in 1901. Over the years, Bay City has become a thriving community and the center of the largest rice-producing area in the nation.

Bay City and nearby Attractions

  • Matagorda County Museum
  • El Campo Museum of Natural History
  • Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Park
  • Riverside Park

Things To Do In Bay City

To explore the history and culture of Bay City, one can visit the Columbia Historical Museum, the El Campo Museum of Natural History and the Matagorda County Museum. The Riverside Park offers facilities for indulging in various sports and other recreational activities. In addition, Bay City hosts the Matagorda County Fair every February.

Bay City Transportation

Brazoria County Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Bay City Higher Education

Wharton County Junior College, Alvin Community College and Houston Baptist University provide facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,681
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+7,386
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married49.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.6%
Median Earnings25+$31,593
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,495
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,436

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,767
% Above Poverty Level76.6%
% Below Poverty Level23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home0.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone30.9%
Median Gross Rent$815
Median House Value$92,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)62.3%
German6.8%
Irish5.3%
English4.1%
Italian1.9%
French Except Basque1.7%
Scottish1%
Czech0.8%
Russian0.7%
Polish0.5%
Canadian0.4%
African0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Swiss0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
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Bay City Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyMatagorda County
Standard Zip Codes77414
P.O. Box Zip Codes77404
Phone Area Codes979
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude28.97
Approximate Longitude-95.96

Bay City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBAY CITY WATERWORKS
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp46 to 66 F
Apr Temp60 to 80 F
Jul Temp75 to 92 F
Oct Temp62 to 84 F
Annual Precip48 inches
StationDANEVANG 1 W
Distance16.6 miles
Jan Temp42 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 79 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp60 to 82 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches
StationFREEPORT 2 NW
Distance35.4 miles
Jan Temp45 to 63 F
Apr Temp61 to 77 F
Jul Temp77 to 90 F
Oct Temp64 to 80 F
Annual Precip50.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brazoria3,094$55,905
El Campo11,670$60,327
Palacios4,629$44,464
Sweeny3,739$76,250
Wharton8,718$43,306

Bay City Public Libraries

Bay City Public Library
1100 7TH ST
Bay City, Texas
(979) 245-6931

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Bay City Hospitals

Matagorda Regional Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
104 7th Street

Bay City Public Schools

Bay City H S
400 7th St
ZIP: 77414
(979) 245-5771
High
Total Enrollment 969
Bay City J H
1507 Sycamore
ZIP: 77414
(979) 245-6345
Middle
Total Enrollment 793
Cherry El
2509 8th St
ZIP: 77414
(979) 245-6341
Primary
Total Enrollment 720
Roberts El
1212 Whitson St
ZIP: 77414
(979) 245-8331
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Tenie Holmes El
3200 5th St
ZIP: 77414
(979) 245-4818
Primary
Total Enrollment 747

Bay City Private Schools

Holy Cross Catholic School
2001 Katy Ave
ZIP: 77414
Elementary
Total Enrollment 113
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