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


Bay City is located at 28°58′51"N 95°57′52"W (28.980766, -95.964459). With different municipalities and unincorporated areas surrounding it on all sides.

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22 km²), of which, 8.5 square miles (22 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
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of 2000, there were 18,667 people, 6,912 households, and 4,769 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 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
Race (United States Census)
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, 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
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 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
Per capita income
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 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
Bay City Independent School District
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, a district of schools consisting of elementary, intermediate, junior high, and high school (Bay City High School
Bay City High School
Bay City High School is a public high school located on U.S. Highway 35, on the western edge of Bay City, Texas, United States. It is rated Academically Acceptable by the Texas Education Agency.-Campus:...

). The district previously operated seven schools until they condensed grade levels. It is now operating five schools and is led by superintendent Keith Brown.
Wharton County Junior College
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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.

Notable People From Bay City

  • Forrest Bess
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    Forrest Bess Painter, fisherman, visionary, eccentric - Forrest Bess was one of the most original American artists of his generation. Born in Bay City, Texas, Bess picked up his love of art from his mother. His father worked in the oil fields and ran a bait fishing camp of the Texas coast in...

    , painter
  • Robert Blackmon
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    , NFL player
  • Ira Chasnoff, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics
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    , University of Illinois College of Medicine
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     in Chicago
  • J. B. Cox
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    , professional baseball player
  • Joe DeLoach
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    Joseph Nathaniel DeLoach is a former American sprinter, the 1988 Olympic champion in the 200 m.Born in Bay City, Texas into a family with 11 sisters and one brother, DeLoach enjoyed running at a young age and desired to become a football player, but later set his mind to sprinting...

    , 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist (200m)
  • Mark Dennard
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    , NFL player
  • Hart Lee Dykes
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    , NFL player
  • Jill Alexander Essbaum
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    , poet
  • Simon Fletcher
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    , NFL player
  • Ronnie Heard
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    , NFL player
  • William Heiligbrodt, Former President, Service Corporation International
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  • Carl Jackson, former running backs coach, University of Iowa
  • Chandi Jones
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    , WNBA player
  • Ben Carlton Mead, illustrator
  • Roland Mitchell
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    , NFL player
  • Dr. Lee R. Polk, former Professor of Communication Studies, Baylor University
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  • Lt. General Stephen R. Polk (Ret), USAF
  • Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, Bishop of Las Cruces
  • Major General Claude W. Reinke (Ret), United States Marine Corps
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  • Doyle Simons, CEO, Temple-Inland, Inc.
  • LaBradford Smith
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    , NBA player
  • Fredricka Whitfield
    Fredricka Whitfield
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    , journalist
  • Mal Whitfield
    Mal Whitfield
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    , 3-time Olympic gold medalist
  • Cedric Woodard
    Cedric Woodard
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    , NFL player


Bay City formerly housed the headquarters of Stanley Stores
Stanley Stores
Stanley Stores Inc. was a family-owned regional grocery store chain in the United States, with its headquarters in Bay City, Texas. The chain operated three brands. Stanley Stores was the conventional grocery store brand...

. The chain made several donations to the Bay City Museum.


Bay City is home to the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, a 35 acres (141,640.1 m²) expanse of gardens and wildlife along the Colorado River
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 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.

Location from Bay City

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