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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,122
Male Share of the Population51.2%
Female Share of the Population48.8%
Senior Citizens6.9%
Employed Population 16+4,563
Age of the Population26

Families

% of people married42.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7.6%
Median Earnings25+$30,310
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,740
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,625

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,526
% Above Poverty Level72.5%
% Below Poverty Level27.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone26.3%
Median Gross Rent$711
Median House Value$71,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)76.4%
German5.5%
English3.3%
Irish2.4%
French Except Basque1.8%
Italian1%
West Indian1%
Scottish0.9%
Haitian0.7%
Czech0.5%
Polish0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
African0.2%
Greek0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
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Freeport Almanac

CategoryValue
County Brazoria County
Standard Zip Codes77541
P.O. Box Zip Codes77542
Phone Area Codes979
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude28.95
Approximate Longitude-95.36

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)

StationFREEPORT 2 NW
Distance2.5 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
StationALVIN
Distance29.6 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp60 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp60 to 81 F
Annual Precip51.7 inches
StationTHOMPSONS 3 WSW
Distance40.2 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp59 to 79 F
Jul Temp74 to 94 F
Oct Temp60 to 82 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brazoria3,063$50,208
Clute11,370$54,503
Jones Creek2,195$78,333
Lake Jackson27,407$89,618
Oyster Creek1,266$48,750
Surfside Beach531$62,500

Freeport Public Schools

Brazosport H S
1800 W Second St
ZIP: 77541
(979) 730-7260
High
Total Enrollment 1024
Freeport Int
1815 W Fourth St
ZIP: 77541
(979) 730-7240
Middle
Total Enrollment 532
Jane Long El
1200 W Eleventh St
ZIP: 77541
(979) 730-7185
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
O A Fleming El
431 W Fourth St
ZIP: 77541
(979) 730-7175
Primary
Total Enrollment 335
O'hara Lanier Middle
522 N Ave B
ZIP: 77541
(979) 730-7220
Middle
Total Enrollment 461
Velasco El
401 N Gulf Blvd
ZIP: 77541
(979) 730-7210
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
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