Bay City, Texas

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Bay City, Texas
Entrance sign to Bay City
Entrance sign to Bay City
Location of Bay City, Texas
Location of Bay City, Texas
Coordinates: 28°58′51″N 95°57′52″W / 28.98083°N 95.96444°W / 28.98083; -95.96444Coordinates: 28°58′51″N 95°57′52″W / 28.98083°N 95.96444°W / 28.98083; -95.96444
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
County Matagorda
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Mayor Mark Bricker
 • City Council William Cornman
Julie Eslinbaum
Patti McKelvy
Carolyn Thames
Clarence Fenner
 • Total 8.5 sq mi (22.0 km2)
 • Land 8.5 sq mi (22.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 18,667
 • Density 2,196.0/sq mi (847.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77404, 77414
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-059841
GNIS feature ID 13516112
Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 3,156
1920 3,454 9.4%
1930 4,070 17.8%
1940 6,594 62.0%
1950 9,427 43.0%
1960 11,656 23.6%
1970 13,445 15.3%
1980 17,837 32.7%
1990 18,170 1.9%
2000 18,667 2.7%
2010 17,614 −5.6%
U.S. Census Bureau3

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 County4. The current mayor is Mark Bricker.


Bay City is located at 28°58′51″N 95°57′52″W / 28.98083°N 95.96444°W / 28.98083; -95.96444 (28.980766, -95.964459)5.

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) is land and 0.12% is covered by water.

Bay City was formerly named "Bay Prairie", as the natural ecosystems that surround the town are prairies crisscrossed by creeks that lead into the bay.


As of the census1 of 2000, 18,667 people, 6,912 households, and 4,769 families resided 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 34.74% of the population.

Of the 6,912 households, 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 not families. About 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 distributed as 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 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, consisting of elementary, intermediate, junior high, and high schools (including Bay City High School). The district previously operated seven schools until grade levels were condensed. It is now operating five 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 have offices in the area.


Bay City formerly housed the headquarters of Stanley Stores.6 The chain made several donations to the Bay City Museum.7


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.8

Other attractions include the Matagorda County Museum,9 Market Days every 3rd Saturday,10 and a variety of small shops and boutiques downtown. The Bay City Art League, also located here, has recently undergone major renovations and is currently working to revitalize the art scene in Matagorda County.

In popular culture

Part of the 1965 movie Baby the Rain Must Fall was filmed in Bay city.11

Notable people



The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bay City has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.31


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