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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,964
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens12.5%
Employed Population 16+3,642
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married57.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.6%
Median Earnings25+$41,772
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,926
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,445

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,008
% Above Poverty Level89%
% Below Poverty Level11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone22.4%
Median Gross Rent$812
Median House Value$138,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.8%
Canadian14.7%
French Except Basque7.7%
Irish7.4%
Italian5.6%
English4.4%
Scottish1.4%
Polish0.5%
Slovene0.2%
Russian0.2%
German0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Arab0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
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Bridge City Almanac

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

Bridge 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)

StationORANGE
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
StationBEAUMONT RESEARCH CTR
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
Groves15,798$60,768
Lakeview76$38,333
Nederland17,132$73,876
Orange19,128$53,937
Port Neches12,794$76,990

Bridge City Public Libraries

Bridge City Public Library
101 PARKSIDE DR
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
Primary
Total Enrollment 806
Bridge City H S
2690 Texas Ave
ZIP: 77611
(409) 735-1600
High
Total Enrollment 783
Bridge City Int
1029 W Round Bunch Rd
ZIP: 77611
(409) 792-8800
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Bridge City Middle
300 Bower Dr
ZIP: 77611
(409) 735-1700
Middle
Total Enrollment 613
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