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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Port Arthur is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 38.22% of the Port Arthur workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Port Arthur is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Arthur who work in sales jobs (11.28%), office and administrative support (10.75%), and food service (5.44%).

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Port Arthur is worth considering.

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 10.78% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Port Arthur in 2010 was $18,464, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,856 for a family of four. However, Port Arthur contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Black or African-American, followed by White. 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 32.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Arthur include Irish, German, English, and French Canadian.

Port Arthur also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.30%.

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