Port Isabel, TX
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Port Isabel is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Texas. With a population of 5,016 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Port Isabel is the 360th largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities, Port Isabel isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Port Isabel are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Port Isabel 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 Isabel who work in maintenance occupations (16.49%), office and administrative support (12.66%), and food service (11.20%).

Port Isabel 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.

Port Isabel, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of people in Port Isabel with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.22% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Port Isabel in 2010 was $16,890, which is lower middle income relative to Texas, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,560 for a family of four. Port Isabel also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.84% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Port Isabel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Port Isabel residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Port Isabel also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 79.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Isabel include German, Scots-Irish, Irish, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Port Isabel's cultural character, accounting for 25.17% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Port Isabel is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French Creole.

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