Introduction to Bridge City, Texas

Bridge City, Texas, in Orange county, is 9 miles NE of Port Arthur, Texas (center to center) and 92 miles E of Houston, Texas. The city is included in the Beaumont - Port Arthur metropolitan area.

Bridge City History

Bridge City was originally named Prairie View because it is near the Texas coastline. Nomadic cannibals called the Attakapa Indians settled in this region before the American Revolution. During the mid 19th century, the settlers were primarily herdsmen and farmers. The Cow Bayou Canal Company dug a long canal and built a pumping plant on Cow Bayou in the early 20th century for irrigation. In 1938, after the Rainbow Bridge was built, this region became known as Bridge City, because all major roads to enter the city crossed a river. In the beginning of the 20th century, the region grew and schools, posts offices and the first private electric plant were established. The area was incorporated as a city in 1970. Hurricane Ike caused much damage to the city in 2008.

Bridge City and Nearby Attractions

  • W.H. Stark House
  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Art Museum of Southeast Texas
  • Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Bishop's Palace

Things To Do In Bridge City

W.H. Stark House is a museum built at the former residence of famous industrialist William Henry Stark and dates back to the late 19th century. The Stark Museum of Art has a collection of western American painting from the 19th and 20th century. The Museum of the Gulf Coast and Heritage House Museum have artifacts from early 20th century on display. Camping, fishing, boating, hiking opportunities are available at Sam Houston Jones State Park while Sea Rim State Park allows canoeing and kayaking. The Big Thicket National Preserve is a living testimony of the complex biological diversity that coexists in the region.

Bridge City Transportation

Air transportation is available from Lake Charles Regional and Southeast Texas Regional Airport.

Bridge City Higher Education

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



Total Population8,004
Male Share of the Population51.3%
Female Share of the Population48.7%
Senior Citizens11.4%
Employed Population 16+3,905
Age of the Population34


% of people married58.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.3%
Median Earnings25+$41,413
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,893
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,277


Median Family Income$89,241
% Above Poverty Level92.1%
% Below Poverty Level7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.2%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone19.4%
Median Gross Rent$913
Median House Value$130,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19%
French Except Basque6%
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Bridge City Almanac

CountyOrange County
Standard Zip Codes77611
Phone Area Codes409
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.02
Approximate Longitude-93.85

Bridge City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance8 miles
Jan Temp41 to 60 F
Apr Temp56 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp57 to 80 F
Annual Precip59 inches
StationORANGE 9 N
Distance16.2 miles
Jan Temp40 to 60 F
Apr Temp56 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip62.7 inches
Distance26.4 miles
Jan Temp41 to 61 F
Apr Temp58 to 78 F
Jul Temp74 to 93 F
Oct Temp58 to 81 F
Annual Precip57.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Port Neches12,853$81,094
West Orange3,399$53,324

Bridge City Public Libraries

Bridge City Public Library
Bridge City, Texas
(409) 735-4242

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Bridge City Public Schools

Bridge City El
1035 W Roundbunch Rd
ZIP: 77611
(409) 735-0900
Total Enrollment 806
Bridge City H S
2690 Texas Ave
ZIP: 77611
(409) 735-1600
Total Enrollment 783
Bridge City Int
1029 W Round Bunch Rd
ZIP: 77611
(409) 792-8800
Total Enrollment 616
Bridge City Middle
300 Bower Dr
ZIP: 77611
(409) 735-1700
Total Enrollment 613
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