Port Aransas is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Texas. With a population of 3,876 people and just one neighborhood, Port Aransas is the 449th largest community in Texas.
Real Estate Prices
Port Aransas home prices are not only among the most expensive in Texas, but Port Aransas real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some cities, Port Aransas isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Port Aransas are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Port Aransas is a city of service providers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Aransas who work in office and administrative support (13.76%), sales jobs (11.72%) and management occupations (10.17%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.62% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Port Aransas is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Port Aransas has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Port Aransas has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Port Aransas than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Port Aransas may be for you.
Port Aransas is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Port Aransas spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.12 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small city, Port Aransas does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.