Texas City Texas Overview and Crime Rate Statistics
Baytown is a city in Galveston County, Texas. It is the third largest city in the county and is a busy deepwater port on the Gulf coast of Texas. Also, the city is well-known for its petrochemical-manufacturing and petroleum-refining industries. Texas City is part of the Houston-the Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area in Texas. It was incorporated as a city back in 1911.
Texas City is famous as the site of a huge explosion in 1947, because of which huge portions of the city itself as well as the port were damaged. Commonly known as the Texas City disaster, a French ship called Grandcamp, which was carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded due to overheating. The blast killed 581 people and injured more than 5,000 people, not to mention the outstanding damage caused to the port and city. This is often regarded as the worst industrial accident in the history of the United States.
The city suffered another explosion in 2005, resulting in the death of 15 people. More than 100 people were injured. The explosion happened in the local BP oil refinery, the third largest oil refinery in the US.
Despite these disasters, Texas City has always managed to get back up on its feet. Today, it is a thriving, economically-strong city that is home to tens of thousands of people. For this reason, the motto of the city is “The city that would not die.”
Texas City Texas Population, employment and earnings
As of 2017, Texas City has an estimated population of about 48,558 people. It has a good male to female ratio. According to recent data, 52.8 percent of the population is female, while 47.2 percent is male.
Texas City has a good mix of White, Hispanic and African-American population. These three make up the most prominent races in the city. 41.3 percent of the population is white, while 29.6 percent are Hispanic. African-Americans make up 26.5 percent of the population.
The median age of the population at Texas City is 36.4 years, which is slightly higher than the Texas median age of 34.5 years. 42.6 percent of the population is married, while 31.4 percent have never been married. The median household income as of 2016 was $43,199, while per capita income was $23,308.
A huge portion of the population, 81.4 percent to be specific, has a high school degree or a higher level of education. 12.3 percent of Texas City’s population has a college education or higher, while 3.7 percent have a graduate or professional degree. The unemployment rate is low at just 8.9 percent.
A majority of the population (15 percent) work in manufacturing, followed by construction, which employs 14 percent of Baytown’s population. Retail trade employs about 10 percent of the residents, while accommodation and food services employ about 10 percent. Other significant industries include public administration, which employs 6 percent of the population, health care and social assistance which also employs 6 percent of residents, and transportation and warehousing, whose employment rate is also 6 percent.
Texas City Texas Crime in Texas City
Texas City has a rather high crime rate, which stands at 339.0 in 2016, considering the average crime rate in the US is 280.5. This number has been fluctuating over the years. In 2016, there were 63 robberies, 151 assaults, 324 burglaries, 1,349 theft, 86 auto thefts, one arson, 33 rapes, and two murders. Currently, there are 70 registered sex offenders in the city.
As of 2016, Baytown has a total of 82 full-time law enforcement employees, out of which 61 employees are police officers. For every 1,000 residents, there are 1.27 officers, which is lower than the Texas average of 1.80 officers.