Port Lavaca, Texas

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Port Lavaca is a city in Calhoun County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,035 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Calhoun County.[3] It is a part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The city of Port Lavaca is located on Lavaca Bay, the western extension of Matagorda Bay. Port Lavaca is located at 28°36′56″N 96°37′47″W / 28.61556°N 96.62972°W / 28.61556; -96.62972 (28.615635, -96.629741).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.6 square miles (35.3 km²), of which, 9.8 square miles (25.4 km²) of it is land and 3.8 square miles (10.0 km²) of it (28.23%) is water.


Port Lavaca holds the state record of the highest wind speed ever reached. During Hurricane Carla in September of 1961, the winds were recorded to gust up to 170 mph.


2000 Census data

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,035 people, 4,189 households, and 3,133 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,229.9 people per square mile (474.6/km²). There were 4,791 housing units at an average density of 489.6/sq mi (188.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.95% White, 4.05% African American, 0.47% Native American, 3.96% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 16.92% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.11% of the population. 38.5% of the white population are of Moravian (German/Czech) origin.

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