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Bay City, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of Bay City had a population of 17,782 as of July 1, 2016. Bay City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Bay City is located at latitude 28.9816 and longitude -95.9609 in Matagorda County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bay City (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.78 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Matagorda County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 49 feet.

The City of Bay City (GNIS ID: 2409798) 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 Bay City is located within Bay City Division of Matagorda County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bay City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Bay City, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 17,782
Population in Households 17,449
Population in Familes 14,463
Population in Group Qrtrs 333
Population Density1 2,026
Diversity Index2 78


Total Households 6,638
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 4,483
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,008 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,319 (41.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,319 (41.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,370 (17.1%)
Median Home Value $102,146
Average Home Value $124,299


Median Household Income $41,358
Average Household Income $55,977
Per Capita Income $21,179
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.16% 0.31%
Households -0.01% 0.31%
Families -0.18% 0.19%
Median Household Income   1.8%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Bay City, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bay City to the other 1,749 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 161 91st
Population Density1 # 298 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 80 95th
Median Household Income # 1015 42nd
Per Capita Income # 1004 43rd

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