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Port Arthur is a city in Jefferson County.

The community was named for Arthur E. Stilwell, Kansas City financier who was instrumental in building the railroad here.

The latitude of Port Arthur is 29.898N. The longitude is -93.928W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 57,042.


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Median household income
Local
$26,455
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Port Arthur demographic reports
Port Arthur is on Sabine Lake.
The city suffered major damage during Hurricane Rita in September 2005.
Public transportation: Port Arthur Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 437. The number of murders and homicides was 9. The violent crime rate was 7.6 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Olympic athlete and professional golfer
· Janis Joplin, rock singer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas - Feb. 15-18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Port Arthur web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Sea Rim State Park, Pleasure Island
Historic sites and museums: Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park, Museum of the Gulf Coast
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 89

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Port Arthur demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Jefferson County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Beaumont area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 77655 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

5% of Port Arthur residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Port Arthur ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Port Arthur was $14,183, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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9% of Port Arthur residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Port Arthur, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $310.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $627.


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Libraries in Port Arthur include Paisd - Lincoln High School Library, Port Arthur Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Port Arthur include Port Arthur News

TV stations in Port Arthur include KBTV.

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Jefferson County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Port Arthur political report.

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The average commute time for Port Arthur workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 38 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Port Arthur between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 6.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.

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Port Arthur, TX

Pros: If You like a small town that's not rual, then this is good for you...

Cons: Most of the older portions of town are empty buildings,could use a demolition do-over in most of the older parts of the city.

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