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-Outdoor recreation
-Revitalized downtown
-Cost of living


-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.


Quick Facts About Port Arthur

    The unemployment rate in Port Arthur is 11.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Port Arthur jobs have Increased by 0.80 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Port Arthur's cost of living is 22.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Port Arthur's population is 54,022 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -6.39 percent.
    Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Port Arthur is $70,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.20 percent.
    Port Arthur public schools spend $16,494 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17 students per teacher in Port Arthur.

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Port arthur and surrounding areas CONS: hot and very humid summers cant go outside during summer hungry mosquitos chase you. Most pdople on the road especially with... (read more)
I live in the Port Acres area of Port Arthur and I like the rural area very much. I do have to wonder what kind of hallucinogenic drugs he had used prior to writing his... (read more)
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I moved here over a decade ago. This not a place to raise a family, nor accumulate a substantial savings, nor find entertainment. It is extremely expensive to live here... (read more)
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