Point Comfort, Texas

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Point Comfort, Texas
Location of Point Comfort, Texas
Location of Point Comfort, Texas
Calhoun County PortComfort.svg
Coordinates: 28°40′34″N 96°33′32″W / 28.67611°N 96.55889°W / 28.67611; -96.55889Coordinates: 28°40′34″N 96°33′32″W / 28.67611°N 96.55889°W / 28.67611; -96.55889
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyCalhoun
Area
 • Total1.32 sq mi (3.41 km2)
 • Land1.31 sq mi (3.41 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total737
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
677
 • Density514.83/sq mi (198.79/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
77978
Area code361
FIPS code48-58568[3]
GNIS feature ID1365500[4]

Point Comfort is a city in Calhoun County, Texas, United States. It is a part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 737 at the 2010 census.[5]

Geography[edit]

Point Comfort is located in northeastern Calhoun County at 28°40′34″N 96°33′32″W / 28.67611°N 96.55889°W / 28.67611; -96.55889 (28.676078, –96.558750),[6] on the east side of Lavaca Bay. Texas State Highway 35 passes through the community, leading southwest across the bay 7 miles (11 km) to Port Lavaca, the Calhoun County seat, and east 23 miles (37 km) to Palacios.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Point Comfort has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.[5]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Point Comfort has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Point Comfort, Texas, 1991–2020 normals, extremes 1957–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 84
(29)
91
(33)
95
(35)
98
(37)
99
(37)
106
(41)
103
(39)
106
(41)
107
(42)
96
(36)
95
(35)
86
(30)
107
(42)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 76.5
(24.7)
79.5
(26.4)
81.9
(27.7)
86.7
(30.4)
90.0
(32.2)
94.1
(34.5)
95.0
(35.0)
97.2
(36.2)
94.5
(34.7)
90.5
(32.5)
83.5
(28.6)
79.3
(26.3)
98.1
(36.7)
Average high °F (°C) 64.0
(17.8)
67.7
(19.8)
72.6
(22.6)
78.3
(25.7)
84.0
(28.9)
89.4
(31.9)
91.2
(32.9)
92.4
(33.6)
88.7
(31.5)
82.7
(28.2)
73.7
(23.2)
66.7
(19.3)
79.3
(26.3)
Daily mean °F (°C) 54.8
(12.7)
58.6
(14.8)
64.6
(18.1)
70.6
(21.4)
77.4
(25.2)
82.9
(28.3)
84.8
(29.3)
85.3
(29.6)
80.9
(27.2)
73.6
(23.1)
64.4
(18.0)
57.3
(14.1)
71.3
(21.8)
Average low °F (°C) 45.7
(7.6)
49.4
(9.7)
56.5
(13.6)
62.9
(17.2)
70.7
(21.5)
76.4
(24.7)
78.4
(25.8)
78.2
(25.7)
73.2
(22.9)
64.5
(18.1)
55.0
(12.8)
48.0
(8.9)
63.2
(17.4)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 31.4
(−0.3)
34.6
(1.4)
38.9
(3.8)
45.7
(7.6)
56.4
(13.6)
66.8
(19.3)
71.7
(22.1)
71.3
(21.8)
60.6
(15.9)
46.6
(8.1)
38.0
(3.3)
32.0
(0.0)
28.3
(−2.1)
Record low °F (°C) 14
(−10)
18
(−8)
23
(−5)
33
(1)
44
(7)
56
(13)
59
(15)
60
(16)
40
(4)
35
(2)
26
(−3)
9
(−13)
9
(−13)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.11
(79)
1.84
(47)
3.20
(81)
2.61
(66)
4.25
(108)
4.85
(123)
3.15
(80)
3.42
(87)
4.82
(122)
3.65
(93)
3.57
(91)
2.92
(74)
41.39
(1,051)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 8.7 7.4 6.6 5.4 6.3 8.1 5.9 6.7 8.9 7.1 7.2 8.7 87.0
Source 1: NOAA[7]
Source 2: National Weather Service[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19701,446
19801,125−22.2%
1990956−15.0%
2000781−18.3%
2010737−5.6%
2019 (est.)677[2]−8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 Census data[edit]

Point Comfort racial composition[10]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 301 49.92%
Black or African American (NH) 11 1.82%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 2 0.33%
Asian (NH) 15 2.49%
Some Other Race (NH) 4 0.66%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 25 4.15%
Hispanic or Latino 245 40.63%
Total 603

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 603 people, 221 households, and 140 families residing in the city.

2000 Census data[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 781 people, 284 households, and 214 families residing in the city. The population density was 596.8 people per square mile (230.2/km2). There were 393 housing units at an average density of 300.3 per square mile (115.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.99% White, 1.41% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.79% Asian, 5.89% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.59% of the population.

There were 284 households, out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was 30.2% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $44,500, and the median income for a family was $49,653. Males had a median income of $35,625 versus $23,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,202. About 7.5% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Point Comfort is served by the Calhoun County Independent School District. The city was served by Point Comfort Elementary School (Point Comfort), but is now closed, Travis Middle School (Port Lavaca) and Calhoun High School (Port Lavaca)

Economy[edit]

Point Comfort is the site of a controversial Formosa PVC plant, site of both the Formosa Plastics propylene explosion as well as large-scale waste violations that resulted in the largest citizen-led settlement of a Clean Water Act suit in the United States.[13] In 2020, the latter controversy was portrayed in episode 12 ("Point Comfort") of the Netflix series Dirty Money. Plastic pollution continued in Lavaca Bay even after the court settlement.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Point Comfort city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "U.S. Climate Normals Quick Access – Station: PT Comfort, TX". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 2, 2023.
  8. ^ "NOAA Online Weather Data – NWS Corpus Christi". National Weather Service. Retrieved February 2, 2023.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  11. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  13. ^ Fernández, Stacy (October 15, 2019). "Plastic company set to pay $50 million settlement in water pollution suit brought on by Texas residents". The Texas Tribune.
  14. ^ Dermansky, Julie (January 18, 2020). "Activists Find Evidence of Formosa Plant in Texas Still Releasing Plastic Pollution Despite $50 Million Settlement". The Texas Tribune.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[11][12]

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