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Port Lavaca, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of Port Lavaca had a population of 12,531 as of July 1, 2020. 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 28.615 and longitude -96.6261 in Calhoun County. The formal boundaries for the City of Port Lavaca 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Port Lavaca: La Vaca, Lavaca.


Port Lavaca, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 12,531 (100%)
Population in Households 12,341 (98.5%)
Population in Families 10,491 (83.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 190 ( 1.5%)
Population Density 1,235
Diversity Index2 71


Median Household Income $52,547
Average Household Income $70,078
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $24,018
Wealth Index5 64


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,100 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,681 (52.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,612 (31.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 807 (15.8%)
Median Home Value $107,339
Average Home Value $127,547
Housing Affordability Index3 249


Total Households 4,293
Average Household Size 2.87
Family Households 3,112
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.22% 0.33%
Households 0.16% 0.29%
Families 0.15% 0.23%
Median Household Income   1.02%
Per Capita Income   1.93%
Owner Occupied HU   0.3%


Port Lavaca, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Port Lavaca to the other 1,746 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 230 87th
Population Density # 591 66th
Median Household Income # 818 53rd
Housing Affordability Index # 1111 64th
Per Capita Income # 943 46th
Diversity Index # 285 84th

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