Port Mansfield, Texas

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Port Mansfield is a census-designated place (CDP) in Willacy County, Texas, United States. The population was 415 at the 2000 census.



Port Mansfield is located at 26°33′20″N 97°25′52″W / 26.55556°N 97.43111°W / 26.55556; -97.43111 (26.555453, -97.431051)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.8 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (8.76%) is water. A navigational channel connects Port Mansfield to the Intracoastal Waterway, and then to the Gulf of Mexico, cutting through South Padre Island.

The cut through South Padre Island has shoaled considerably and as of early 2008, only shallow draft boats could safely enter at the Mansfield cut. The channel was dredged in the winter months of 2009-2010 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers using Federal relief money following Hurricanes Rita and Dolly.[4] The channel is now 16-20 deep with all the dredge tailings making a spectacular beach on the north side of the jetty.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 415 people, 187 households, and 137 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 79.6 people per square mile (30.8/km²). There were 563 housing units at an average density of 108.0/sq mi (41.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.01% White, 0.96% Native American, 4.58% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.22% of the population.

There were 187 households out of which 14.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.50.

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