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Beaumont, Texas

Beaumont is a city located in Jefferson County, Texas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 113,866. On January 10, 1901 oil was discovered at Spindletop near this city. Spindletop would become the first major oil field. It is the county seat of Jefferson County6 and is situated in East Texas.

The Southeast Texas Regional Airport in Nederland, Texas serves Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas.


Beaumont is located at 30°4'48" North, 94°7'36" West (30.079912, -94.126653)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 222.6 km² (85.9 mi²). 220.2 km² (85.0 mi²) of it is land and 2.4 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.07% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 113,866 people, 44,361 households, and 29,100 families residing in the city. The population density is 517.2/km² (1,339.4/mi²). There are 48,815 housing units at an average density of 221.7/km² (574.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 46.39% White, 45.85% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.55% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 7.93% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 44,361 households out of which 31.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% are married couples living together, 18.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% are non-families. 29.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.50 and the average family size is 3.12.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $32,559, and the median income for a family is $40,825. Males have a median income of $35,861 versus $24,255 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,632. 19.6% of the population and 16.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 28.6% are under the age of 18 and 12.7% are 65 or older.