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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Isabel who work in maintenance occupations (16.80%), office and administrative support (13.04%), and food service (10.38%).

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 Isabel is worth considering.

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

For a small city, Port Isabel has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Port Isabel exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

In Port Isabel, just 12.68% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Port Isabel in 2010 was $18,080, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $72,320 for a family of four. Port Isabel also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.85% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Port Isabel is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Port Isabel home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Port Isabel, accounting for 74.01% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Port Isabel residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Port Isabel include German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Norwegian.

In addition, Port Isabel has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.86%).

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

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