Texas Coastal Bend

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The Texas Coastal Bend refers to the flat area of land along the Texas coast. It is home to many cities including Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Port Lavaca, Galveston, Victoria, Beaumont, and Houston. The Coastal Bend includes the barrier islands of Texas and the Laguna Madre. According to the United States 2000 Census the Texas Coastal Bend had a population of 6,332,801.

Culture[edit]

The Texas Coastal Bend enjoys a rural, urban, and suburban mix of mainly Hispanic and Anglo traditions. African American and Asian/Pacific Islander population and their cultural traditions are well represented throughout this region as well. Much of the rural and suburban areas of the Coastal Bend are predominately white.[citation needed]

Summer weather commonly threatens severe hurricane winds and flooding in the predominantly flat counties threaded by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

The main population centers are Brownsville, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Houston, Texas.

Counties[edit]

Most populous cities[edit]

City 2011 Census Estimate Population[1] County
Houston 2,145,146 Harris County
Corpus Christi 307,953 Nueces County
Brownsville 178,430 Cameron County
Pasadena 152,281 Harris County
McAllen 133,742 Hidalgo County
Beaumont 118,548 Jefferson County
The Woodlands 93,847 Montgomery County
Pearland 93,305 Brazoria County
League City 84,856 Galveston County
Sugar Land 81,700 Fort Bend County
Mission 79,368 Hidalgo County
Edinburg 79,147 Hidalgo County
Baytown 73,322 Harris County
Pharr 72,513 Hidalgo County
Missouri City 69,774 Fort Bend County

Flora and fauna[edit]

The Whooping Crane

The Coastal Bend is a habitat for many types of vegetation[2] and wildlife. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is among the most prominent centers for wildlife. Wildlife found in the area includes the rare Whooping Crane, American Alligators, Nine-banded Armadillos, West Indian Manatees, and numerous other species of wildlife.

The Texas Coastal Bend is also an area of demarcation between ranges of various vegetative species. For example, the California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) is found only west of the Texas Coastal Bend, or more specifically the Balcones Fault.[3]

Bays[edit]

Two fisherman stand on a shoal in Laguna Madre

The Bays included in the area:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Line notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Population Estimates - People and Households - U.S. Census Bureau". Census.gov. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  2. ^ Roy L. Lehman, Ruth O'Brien, Tammy White. 2005
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°24′N 96°24′W / 28.4°N 96.4°W / 28.4; -96.4