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Overview

Introduction to Freeport, Texas

Freeport, Texas, in Brazoria county, is 41 miles SW of Galveston, Texas (center to center) and 56 miles S of Houston, Texas. This city is in the Brazoria metropolitan area.

Freeport History

The community of Freeport was officially founded by the Freeport Sulphur Company in November, 1912. It was incorporated on February 10, 1917. The city was close to the largest sulfur mines in the world, and provided storage tanks to the Freeport and Mexico Oil Company. The Freeport School District was established in 1937. Due to the rapid increase in population in the early 1900s, the community experienced significant economic expansion which was also spurred by the construction of the Dow Chemical Company in 1939. The town of Velasco was incorporated as a part of Freeport on July 27, 1957. The city is home to one of the largest commercial shrimp trawler fleets on the Gulf.

Freeport and Nearby Attractions

  • Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Park
  • Brazoria County Museum
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Galveston Island State Park
  • Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bryan Beach State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Freeport

The city of Freeport features more than 3 miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Recreational activities like boating, fishing, and jet skiing can be enjoyed on the Old Brazos River that runs through the city, as well as in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, together with the San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges, create a vital complex of coastal habitats for more than 300 species of migratory waterfowls and other birds. Opportunities to play golf are available at the 18-hole Freeport Municipal Golf Course. Brazoria County Museum, Lake Jackson Historical Museum, and Columbia Historical Museum house exhibits reflecting the region's historical and cultural background. Armand Bayou Nature Center, Moody Gardens, and Quintana Beach County Park are other attractions in the area. In addition, the community of Freeport organizes the Summertime Blues Festival during August ever year.

Freeport Transportation

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the closest major airport.

Freeport Higher Education

Colleges near Freeport are Brazosport College, Alvin Community College, College of the Mainland, and Galveston College.

People

Total Population 12,118
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 7.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,791
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 44%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,653
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,781
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,311

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,620
% Above Poverty Level 73.5%
% Below Poverty Level 26.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $613
Median House Value $71,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75%
US/American 0%
English 3.6%
Irish 3.5%

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

Freeport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles SW of Galveston, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles S of Houston, Texas
County Brazoria
Standard Zip Codes 77541
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77542
Phone Area Codes 979
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.953
Longitude -95.359

Freeport 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 FREEPORT 2 NW
Distance 2.5 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
Station ALVIN
Distance 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 60 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Station THOMPSONS 3 WSW
Distance 40.2 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brazoria 3,049 $51,027
Clute 11,324 $50,163
Jones Creek 2,506 $72,386

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

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