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Pros

-Outdoor recreation
-Revitalized downtown
-Cost of living

Cons

-Uncertain hurricane effects
-Industrial landscape
-Hot, humid summers


What Bert Has To Say About Beaumont-Port Arthur Metro Area


The towns of Beaumont and Port Arthur are located 20 miles apart in extreme southeast Texas. Port Arthur is located on Sabine Lake, a body of water deep enough to support ocean shipping and connected to the Gulf by a canal. Beaumont is inland. The area’s destiny changed in 1901 when the first oil well blew in the nearby Spindletop field, and it changed again in September 2005 when Hurricane Rita swept through the area. The 1901 event turned the area from a quiet lumber and port town into a thriving oil and gas economy, with one of the largest concentrations of oil refineries, oil, and petrochemical-related businesses in the state.

The heavy industry and gentle decline of some of that industry took its toll on the city and its environs, but renewal programs in recent years put some life back into the cities, especially the downtown areas. Low living costs and nearby outdoor recreation opportunities brought some people back into the area. These folks found a small-town life and cost environment while being close enough to Houston to benefit from its big-city amenities.

The area is located on a flat coastal plain with mostly treeless areas near the coast giving way to large pine forests moving inland. The climate is a modified humid subtropical suitable for year-round outdoor activities. Sea breezes usually prevent summer temperature extremes. The area lies far enough south that cold air masses are moderated although freezing temperatures occur a few times a year. The Gulf and evenly distributed rainfall give the area the highest relative humidity in the nation. Cloudy, rainy weather is most common in the winter. Heavy rainfall occurs during thunderstorms and infrequent tropical storms. Slower moving storms bring longer periods of rain in spring and fall. Fog occurs especially in winter and spring.


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Quick Facts About Beaumont


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Beaumont is 6.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Beaumont jobs have Increased by 0.79 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Beaumont's cost of living is 20.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Beaumont's population is 117,769 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 2.67 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Beaumont is $80,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.20 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Beaumont public schools spend $16,494 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 13.6 students per teacher in Beaumont.

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Comments


re: Beaumont is a Great place to live. - 5/13/2008
I've seen alot of good and bad opinions of Beaumont. Here's how I see it. Having grown up and leaving Beaumont in '86 when I joined the Marines I've seen alot of the... (read more)
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This place is gross and so are the people. Everyone's fat, obese, lazy, uneducated, boring, small minded and the food blows. Coming here was the worst thing I could have... (read more)
re: I agree with Josh in Sour Lake - 12/18/2009
2 Seafood restaurants? Really do you even leave your house this post has got to be a... (read more)
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