Port Isabel, Texas

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Port Isabel is a city in Cameron County, Texas, United States.[4] It is part of the BrownsvilleHarlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,865 at the 2000 census.

The town's name is also attached to the Port Isabel Detention Center located in nearby Los Fresnos.



In September 1967, Hurricane Beulah caused extensive damage to much of the city of Port Isabel. [5] On 23 July 2008, Hurricane Dolly, a category 2 storm, also caused extensive damage to the city.


Port Isabel is located at 26°4'25" North, 97°12'48" West (26.073675, -97.213234)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,965 people, 1,649 households, and 1,225 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,215.5 people per square mile (853.8/km²). There were 2,055 housing units at an average density of 935.8/sq mi (360.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.67% White, 1.03% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 15.54% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 74.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,649 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.46.

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