Port of Bay City

Bay City is a city in Matagorda County, Texas, United States. The population was 18,667 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Matagorda County[3]. The current mayor is Mark Bricker.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.0 km2), of which, 8.5 square miles (22.0 km2) of it is land and 0.12% is water. It used to be named "Bay Prairie", as the natural ecosystems that surround the town are prairies criscrossed by creeks that lead into the bay.

As of the census of 2000, there were 18,667 people, 6,912 households, and 4,769 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,196.0 people per square mile (847.9/km²). There were 8,113 housing units at an average density of 954.4 per square mile (368.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.62% White, 17.26% African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 16.84% from other races, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.74% of the population.

There were 6,912 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,446, and the median income for a family was $39,281. Males had a median income of $38,202 versus $23,058 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,284. About 18.3% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over. Minorities make up the largest ethnic portion of Bay City, Texas.

Bay City is served by the Bay City Independent School District, a district of schools consisting of elementary, intermediate, junior high, and high school (Bay City High School). The district operates seven schools and is led by superintendent Keith Brown. Wharton County Junior College has a campus in Bay City.

]Medical Community/Hospitals

Matagorda County is served by the Matagorda Regional Medical Center. Multiple medical and dental specialists are located in Bay City, including: nephrologists, pediatricians, and cardiologists.

Attractions

Bay City is home to the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, a 35-acre (140,000 m2) expanse of gardens and wildlife along the Colorado River of Texas.

Other attractions include the Matagorda County Museum,Market Days every 3rd Saturday,and a variety of small shops and boutiques downtown. The Bay City Art League is also located here which has recently undergone major renovations and is currently working to revitalize the art scene in Matagorda County.

Ecosystems

Located at the end of Highway 60 South, the town is seven miles by car from the Gulf of Mexico. The main industries are commercial and recreational fishing and ranching. 

 

Matagorda

 

Port Name:

 

Matagorda Harbor

Port Authority:

 

Port of Bay City Authority

Address:

 

Highway 60 South and CR 255
Matagorda, TX 77457
United States

Phone:

 

979 863 2103

Fax:

 

979 863 2167

800 Number:

 

 

Email:

 

Harbor@portofbaycity.com

Web Site:

 

www.matagordaharbor.com

Latitude:

 

28° 41' 33" N

Longitude:

 

95° 57' 21" W

UN/LOCODE:

 

 

Port Type:

 

Marina

Port Size:

 

Small

 

Port of Bay City

Port Detail

 

 

Information and contact details for Port of Bay City in Bay City, TX - USA

 

Port Location:

 

Bay City

Port Name:

 

Port of Bay City

Port Authority:

 

Port of Bay City Authority

Address:

 

PO Box 1426
1305 Seventh Street
Bay City, TX 77404-1426
United States

Phone:

 

979 245 5831

Fax:

 

979 245 9430

800 Number:

 

 

Email:

 

port@portofbaycity.com

Web Site:

 

www.portofbaycity.com

Latitude:

 

28° 51' 38" N

Longitude:

 

96° 1' 43" W

UN/LOCODE:

 

 

Port Type:

 

River Port

Port Size:

 

Small

 

 

Matagorda is the third oldest Anglo town in Texas. Even before Texas independence, Stephen F. Austin had led a group of settlers here to the mouth of the Colorado River. Although Mexico had decreed that there would be no settlement within ten leagues inland from the coast, Austin was able to convince the Mexican government that a military post was needed to protect incoming settlers, and the town of Matagorda was born. Matagorda has a population of 1,752, but a week-end and summer influx swells that number considerably. Located at the end of Highway 60 South, the town is seven miles by car from the Gulf of Mexico. The main industries are commercial and recreational fishing and ranching. 
One of the first Methodist churches in Texas, Matagorda United Methodist, was established in January 1839 by four people who gathered during a howling storm. The church building also was destroyed in the 1854 storm.

In the 20-year period ending in 1891, Matagorda was hit nine times by hurricanes or tropical storms.

And even today, the highlight of a visit to the old post office, built sometime before 1872, is viewing the waterline halfway to the ceiling left by a flood. 

By 1894, county residents were convinced that a more central county seat made more sense and they voted to strip Matagorda of its government responsibilities in favor of Bay City        

        

Environmental Quality/ Monitors / Contamination remediation

Matagorda offers some of the finest saltwater fishing on the entire Gulf Coast. Its vast coastlines stretch for over 50 miles, from Sargent to the east, to the Port O'Conner Jetties to the west, and north to Palacios. The historic town of Matagorda is located in the center of the coastline on the Colorado River. More and more metropolitan Houston anglers are discovering that the short two-hour drive places them within a cast of the trophy fish that the Matagorda area has to offer. 

Matagorda Bay does not have an air monitor.