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Port Lavaca, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Port Lavaca, Texas
Coordinates: 28°36′56″N 96°37′47″W / 28.61556°N 96.62972°W / 28.61556; -96.62972
Country United States
State Texas
County Calhoun
 - Total 13.6 sq mi (35.3 km2)
 - Land 9.8 sq mi (25.3 km2)
 - Water 3.9 sq mi (10.0 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 12,035
 - Density 1,229.9/sq mi (474.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77979
Area code(s) 361
FIPS code 48-58916[1]
GNIS feature ID 1365595[2]

Port Lavaca is a city in Calhoun County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,035 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Calhoun County.[3] It is a part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The city of Port Lavaca is located on Lavaca Bay, the western extension of Matagorda Bay.

Port Lavaca is located at 28°36′56″N 96°37′47″W / 28.61556°N 96.62972°W / 28.61556; -96.62972 (28.615635, -96.629741).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.6 square miles (35.3 km²), of which, 9.8 square miles (25.4 km²) of it is land and 3.8 square miles (10.0 km²) of it (28.23%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,035 people, 4,189 households, and 3,133 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,229.9 people per square mile (474.6/km²). There were 4,791 housing units at an average density of 489.6/sq mi (188.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.95% White, 4.05% African American, 0.47% Native American, 3.96% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 16.92% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.11% of the population. 38.5% of the white population are of Moravian (German/Czech) origin.

There were 4,189 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 100.0% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,626, and the median income for a family was $38,250. Males had a median income of $35,526 versus $18,427 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,431. About 16.8% of families and 20.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.


Port Lavaca is served by the Calhoun County Independent School District.

Port Lavaca is served by two Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary schools: H.J.M Elementary School and Jackson/Roosevelt Elementary School.

All residents are zoned to Travis Middle School (grades 6 through 8) and Calhoun High School (9 through 12).

Hope High School is another high school, mainly for students with special needs.

Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic school, pre-K through grade 8,[5] has also served the county since 1996.


Calhoun County Airport, a general aviation airport, is located in unincorporated Calhoun County northwest of Port Lavaca.


Port Lavaca holds the state record of the highest wind speed ever reached. During Hurricane Carla in September of 1961, the winds were recorded to gust up to 170 mph.


External links

Template:Calhoun County, Texas and New York



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