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Port Lavaca, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of Port Lavaca had a population of 12,594 as of July 1, 2017. Port Lavaca ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Texas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Port Lavaca is located at latitude 28.618 and longitude -96.6283 in Calhoun County. The formal boundaries for the City of Port Lavaca (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.15 sq. miles and a water area of 3.96 sq. miles. Calhoun County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Port Lavaca (GNIS ID: 2411464) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Texas is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Port Lavaca is located within Port Lavaca Division of Calhoun County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Port Lavaca population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Port Lavaca, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 12,594
Daytime Population: Workers 5,935
Daytime Population: Residents 7,816
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 13,751
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.09
Population in Households 12,404
Population in Familes 10,551
Population in Group Qrtrs 190
Population Density2 1,241
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $45,659
Average Household Income $61,742
Per Capita Income $21,412


Total Housing Units 5,116 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,678 (52.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,646 (32.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 793 (15.5%)
Median Home Value $93,337
Average Home Value $124,253


Total Households 4,323
Average Household Size 2.87
Family Households 3,144
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.38% 0.63%
Households 0.32% 0.61%
Families 0.35% 0.54%
Median Household Income   1.19%
Per Capita Income   2.02%

Port Lavaca, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Port Lavaca to the other 1,749 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 222 87th
Population Density # 582 67th
Diversity Index # 290 83rd
Median Household Income # 905 48th
Per Capita Income # 1097 37th

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