Overview

Introduction to Silsbee, Texas

Silsbee, Texas, in Hardin county, is 18 miles N of Beaumont, Texas (center to center) and 81 miles NE of Houston, Texas . The city is in the Beaumont - Port Arthur metropolitan area.

Silsbee History

This area was settled when the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway arrived in 1894. John Henry Kirby, who was responsible for building the railroad, also built a logging camp and sawmill in the area. The new community was initially named Mill Town, but was later renamed Silsbee after Kirby's partner Nathan D. Silsbee. The Kirby Lumber Company was the primary source of employment for the residents. Following the discovery of an oilfield in 1936, and along with its prospering timber business and other agricultural resources, Silsbee experienced substantial economic growth.

Silsbee and Nearby Attractions

  • Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum
  • W.H. Stark House
  • Ice House Museum
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Kirby Hill House

Things To Do In Silsbee

The Armand Bayou Nature Center has activities like bird watching, hiking and animal displays. Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum is dedicated to the famous athlete. Big Thicket National Preserve or Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary is among the most famous biologically diverse regions in the world. Other attractions include the Ice House Museum and W.H. Stark House, which is the former home of industrialist William Henry Stark.

Silsbee Transportation

Air transportation is available from Southeast Texas Regional Airport.

Silsbee Higher Education

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

Demographics

People

Total Population6,650
Male Share of the Population44.3%
Female Share of the Population55.7%
Senior Citizens19.5%
Employed Population 16+2,262
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married45.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.2%
Median Earnings25+$31,839
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,920
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,000

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,636
% Above Poverty Level69.1%
% Below Poverty Level30.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone35.6%
Median Gross Rent$645
Median House Value$94,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)53.4%
Irish8.1%
English4.2%
French Except Basque3.7%
Dutch1.6%
Italian1.1%
Scottish0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Polish0.5%
Welsh0.3%
Austrian0.3%
German0.3%
African0.1%
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Silsbee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hardin County
Standard Zip Codes77656
Phone Area Codes409
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude30.34
Approximate Longitude-94.18

Silsbee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBEAUMONT RESEARCH CTR
Distance20.5 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
StationTOWN BLUFF DAM
Distance31.2 miles
Jan Temp38 to 59 F
Apr Temp55 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp56 to 79 F
Annual Precip54.7 inches
StationLIBERTY
Distance42 miles
Jan Temp40 to 61 F
Apr Temp56 to 77 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp57 to 81 F
Annual Precip60.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beaumont118,424$55,211
Kountze1,981$77,885
Pine Forest570$85,625
Rose City512$62,500
Vidor10,862$47,131

Silsbee Public Libraries

Silsbee Public Library
295 N 4TH ST
Silsbee, Texas
(409) 385-4831

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Silsbee Public Schools

Edwards-johnson Memorial Middle
1140 Hwy 327 E
ZIP: 77656
(409) 980-7800
Middle
Total Enrollment 584
Hardin Co Alter Ed
415 Hwy 327 W
ZIP: 77656
(409) 980-7800
John H Kirby El
1205 N 5th St
ZIP: 77656
(409) 980-7800
Primary
Total Enrollment 559
Laura Reeves El
695 Woodrow Rd
ZIP: 77656
(409) 980-7800
Middle
Total Enrollment 398
Read-turrentine El
730 S 7th St
ZIP: 77656
(409) 980-7800
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Silsbee H S
1575 Hwy 96 N
ZIP: 77656
(409) 980-7800
High
Total Enrollment 803

Silsbee Private Schools

First Baptist Academy
350 Highway 96 S
ZIP: 77656
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
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