Port Arthur, TX
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Port Arthur is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Texas. With a population of 55,340 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Port Arthur is the 59th largest community in Texas.

Port Arthur is a blue-collar town, with 35.41% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Port Arthur is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Arthur who work in sales jobs (11.05%), office and administrative support (9.78%), and food service (6.44%).

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Port Arthur has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Port Arthur a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Port Arthur 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The percentage of people in Port Arthur with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.45% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Port Arthur in 2010 was $18,382, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,528 for a family of four. However, Port Arthur contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Port Arthur also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.41% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Port Arthur is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Port Arthur home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Port Arthur residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Port Arthur also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 31.09% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Arthur include German, Irish, English, and French Canadian.

In addition, Port Arthur has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.74%).

The most common language spoken in Port Arthur is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.