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Overview

Introduction to Vidor, Texas

Vidor, Texas, in Orange county, is 6 miles NE of Beaumont, Texas (center to center) and 84 miles E of Houston, Texas. Vidor is part of the surrounding Beaumont - Port Arthur metro area.

Vidor History

The Texarkana and Fort Smith Railroad was constructed in this area in 1898. Following its establishment, the community became the site of heavy lumbering activities. Charles Shelton Vidor, a lumberman, took over the Beaumont Sawmill Company and then established the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company in the early 1900s. The community was named "Vidor" in his honor. The first post office was built in 1909. The Miller-Vidor Lumber Company provided employment to a large number of people in Vidor, but once the timber stands in the area were depleted, it moved to Lakeview. In 1929, the Miller-Vidor subdivision was laid out. Cotton, rice, and cattle became the primary local industries. Vidor was officially incorporated in 1960.

Vidor and Nearby Attractions

  • Heritage House Museum
  • W.H. Stark House
  • Stark Museum of Art
  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Sea Rim State Park
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center

Things To Do In Vidor

The Heritage House Museum showcases artifacts reflecting the life of people in the region during the late 19th and early 20th century. At the Stark Museum of Art, visitors can view collections of western American paintings. The 1894 home of William Henry Stark is a place of historic interest near Vidor. Armand Bayou Nature Center, a popular destination in the region, features live animal displays, and offers opportunities for hiking and bird watching. The 4,141-acre Sea Rim State Park, situated close to the Gulf of Mexico beach shoreline, provides amenities for the enjoyment of swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and camping. Residents of Vidor also host the Texas Barbecue Festival in April every year.

Vidor Transportation

Air transportation is available from Southeast Texas Regional Airport.

Vidor Higher Education

Colleges near Vidor include the Lamar State College - Orange, Lamar State College - Port Arthur, and Lamar University.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,928
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens15.3%
Employed Population 16+4,488
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married53.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.1%
Median Earnings25+$31,781
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,291
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,821

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,723
% Above Poverty Level79.1%
% Below Poverty Level20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone25.8%
Median Gross Rent$714
Median House Value$85,400

Ancestry

German19.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.5%
Irish10%
English9.5%
French Except Basque5.9%
Italian3.3%
Dutch2.4%
Canadian1.5%
Polish0.7%
Scottish0.6%
Iranian0.6%
Greek0.5%
Austrian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Czech0.1%
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Vidor Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes77662
P.O. Box Zip Codes77670
Phone Area Codes409
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.12
Approximate Longitude-94

Vidor Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPORT ARTHUR AP BEAUMONT
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp59 to 78 F
Jul Temp74 to 92 F
Oct Temp60 to 81 F
Annual Precip59.8 inches
StationBEAUMONT RESEARCH CTR
Distance16.7 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
StationORANGE 9 N
Distance18.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beaumont117,729$53,085
Bridge City7,964$73,008
Nederland17,132$73,876
Pine Forest612$77,083
Port Neches12,794$76,990
Rose City379$56,667

Vidor Public Libraries

Vidor Public Library
440 E BOLIVAR ST
Vidor, Texas
(409) 769-7148

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Vidor Public Schools

Aim Center H S
500 Stadium Dr
ZIP: 77662
(409) 951-8780
High
Total Enrollment 52
Oak Forest El
2400 Hwy 12
ZIP: 77662
(409) 951-8864
Primary
Total Enrollment 766
Pine Forest El
4150 N Main
ZIP: 77662
(409) 951-8805
Primary
Total Enrollment 640
Vidor El
400 E Railroad
ZIP: 77662
(409) 951-8834
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
Vidor H S
500 Orange St
ZIP: 77662
(409) 951-8900
High
Total Enrollment 1340
Vidor J H
945 N Tram Rd
ZIP: 77662
(409) 951-8970
Middle
Total Enrollment 729
Vidor Middle
2500 Hwy 12
ZIP: 77662
(409) 951-8882
Middle
Total Enrollment 695
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