Port Lavaca, TX

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Population

21,821

0.0734% growth

Median Age

37.7


Median Household Income

$58,788

8.53% growth

Poverty Rate

15.8%


Number of Employees

9,676

0.596% decline

Median Property Value

$114,900

3.05% growth

About

In 2017, Port Lavaca, TX had a population of 21.8k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $58,788. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Port Lavaca, TX grew from 21,805 to 21,821, a 0.0734% increase and its median household income grew from $54,167 to $58,788, a 8.53% increase.

The population of Port Lavaca, TX is 48.1% Hispanic or Latino, 43.2% White Alone, and 4.94% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Port Lavaca, TX speak a non-English language, and 93% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Port Lavaca, TX is $114,900, and the homeownership rate is 70.6%. Most people in Port Lavaca, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Port Lavaca, TX is 2 cars per household.

Port Lavaca, TX borders Bay City, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, and Victoria, TX.

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Economy

The economy of Port Lavaca, TX employs 9.68k people. The largest industries in Port Lavaca, TX are Manufacturing (2,625 people), Construction (1,076 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (951 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($125,547), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,521), and Manufacturing ($62,344).

Median household income in Port Lavaca, TX is $58,788. Males in Port Lavaca, TX have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,959. The income inequality in Port Lavaca, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$58,788

2017 value

± $3,841

8.53%

1 Year Growth

± 12.3%

Households in Port Lavaca, TX have a median annual income of $58,788, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $54,167 in 2016, which represents a 8.53% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,953

Average Male Salary

± $716

$45,959

Average Female Salary

± $514

In 2017, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.41 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $64,947 ± $2,196

  2. White

    $52,072 ± $505

  3. American Indian

    $45,538 ± $7,571

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Port Lavaca, TX is from Texas.

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.482 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.139% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Port Lavaca, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $100,595, followed by Collin County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $96,051 and $91,931.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Port Lavaca, TX (3.41k out of 21.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    2,824 ± 402

  2. Hispanic

    1,957 ± 352

  3. Asian

    250 ± 152

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Port Lavaca, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

9.68k

2017 Value

± 718

-0.596%

1 Year decline

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Port Lavaca, TX declined at a rate of -0.596%, from 9.73k employees to 9.68k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Port Lavaca, TX, are Production Occupations (1,453 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,306 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (774 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Port Lavaca, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Port Lavaca, TX, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,453 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,306 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (774 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Port Lavaca, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.31 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.59 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.29 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Port Lavaca, TX, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,007), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,638), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($60,833).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.68k

2017 Value

± 718

-0.596%

1 Year decline

± 10.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Port Lavaca, TX declined at a rate of -0.596%, from 9.73k employees to 9.68k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Port Lavaca, TX, are Manufacturing (2,625 people), Construction (1,076 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (951 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Port Lavaca, TX, though some of these residents may live in Port Lavaca, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Port Lavaca, TX, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,625 people), Construction (1,076 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (951 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Port Lavaca, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.95 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.69 times), and Manufacturing (2.68 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Port Lavaca, TX, by median earnings, are Utilities ($125,547), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,521), and Manufacturing ($62,344).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $290B

  2. $217B

  3. $175B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $290B, followed by Gasoline ($217B) and Mixed freight ($175B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Texas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.15T

2020 Value

$2.8T

Projected 2045 Value

30.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Texas trade was $2.15T. This is expected to increase 30.2% to $2.8T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $97.1B

  2. $59.6B

  3. $38.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $97.1B, followed by Oklahoma with $59.6B and California and $38.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

81.8% of the population of Port Lavaca, TX has health coverage, with 45.4% on employee plans, 15.5% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 7.59% on non-group plans, and 1.41% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Port Lavaca, TX was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Port Lavaca, TX see 1670 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1672 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1790 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1012 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Angelina County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,670 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,670 patients per year. This represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1,672 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

18.2%

Uninsured

45.4%

Employer Coverage

15.5%

Medicaid

11.9%

Medicare

7.59%

Non-Group

1.41%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Port Lavaca, TX grew by 10.1% from 16.5% to 18.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Port Lavaca, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.4% prevalence

  3. 14.3% prevalence

Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 14.5%.

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Diversity

Port Lavaca, TX is home to a population of 21.8k people, from which 93% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.8% of Port Lavaca, TX residents were born outside of the country (2.36k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Port Lavaca, TX is composed of 10.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (48.1%), 9.43k White Alone residents (43.2%), 1.08k Asian Alone residents (4.94%), 567 Black or African American Alone residents (2.6%), 219 Two or More Races residents (1%), 14 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0642%), 13 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0596%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Port Lavaca, TX was 37.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Port Lavaca, TX are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Port Lavaca, TX residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.36k people

9.97%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.17k people

As of 2017, 10.8% of Port Lavaca, TX residents (2.36k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Port Lavaca, TX was 9.97%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,547,886 ± 37,324 people

  2. India

    231,271 ± 11,757 people

  3. El Salvador

    200,904 ± 10,964 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,547,886 Texas residents, followed by India with 231,271 and El Salvador with 200,904.

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Citizenship

93%

2017 Citizenship

93.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93% of Port Lavaca, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Port Lavaca, TX was 93.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    10.5k ± 464

  2. White Alone

    9.43k ± 25

  3. Asian Alone

    1.08k ± 61

In 2017, there were 1.11 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (10.5k people) in Port Lavaca, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.43k White Alone and 1.08k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Port Lavaca, TX as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    539 ± 135

  2. Korea

    137 ± 65

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    128 ± 79

Port Lavaca, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Port Lavaca, TX was $114,900 in 2017, which is 0.5 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $111,500 to $114,900, a 3.05% increase. The homeownership rate in Port Lavaca, TX is 70.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Port Lavaca, TX have an average commute time of 20.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Port Lavaca, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$114,900

2017 Median

± $7,382

$111,500

2016 Median

± $9,022

In 2017, the median property value in Port Lavaca, TX grew to to $114,900 from the previous year's value of $111,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Port Lavaca, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Port Lavaca, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$58,788

Median Household Income

± $3,841

7.73k

Number of Households

± 605

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.73k households in Port Lavaca, TX grew to $58,788 from the previous year's value of $54,167.

The following chart displays the households in Port Lavaca, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Port Lavaca, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Port Lavaca, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

70.6%

2017 Homeownership

69.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 70.6% of the housing units in Port Lavaca, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Port Lavaca, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Port Lavaca, TX have a shorter commute time (20.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.61% of the workforce in Port Lavaca, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.7%

  2. Carpooled

    11.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.15%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Port Lavaca, TX was Drove Alone (82.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.7%) and those who Worked At Home (3.15%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Port Lavaca, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Port Lavaca, TX have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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