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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.

People

Total Population 17,499
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,651
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $27,653
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,782
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,782

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,536
% Above Poverty Level 74.2%
% Below Poverty Level 25.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $629
Median House Value $88,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 61.9%
US/American 0%
English 4.7%
Irish 5.8%

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

Bay City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles SW of Sugar Land, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles SW of Houston, Texas
County Matagorda
Standard Zip Codes 77414
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77404
Phone Area Codes 979
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.982
Longitude -95.969

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)

Station BAY CITY WATERWORKS
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 66 F
Apr Temp 60 to 80 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 62 to 84 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Station DANEVANG 1 W
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Station FREEPORT 2 NW
Distance 35.4 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 61 to 77 F
Jul Temp 77 to 90 F
Oct Temp 64 to 80 F
Annual Precip 50.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Buckeye (77414)

Cedar Lake (77414)

Clemville (77414)

Sargent (77404, 77414)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brazoria 3,049 $51,027
El Campo 11,545 $51,012

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

Bay City Public Libraries

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

MATAGORDA GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1115 AVE G
(979) 245-6383
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bay City High Schools

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400 7TH ST
979-245-5771
A Title I School.
Serves 1,258 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

MATAGORDA CO J J A E P
1301 LIVE OAK
979-244-5820
A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.

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