2018-03-01 / City Stuff

Port Aransas by the Numbers


A family frolics in the water on a spring day in 2017. A family frolics in the water on a spring day in 2017. Location

Northern tip of Mustang Island 30 minutes from Corpus Christi; three hours south of San Antonio, three hours south of Houston and three-and-a-half hours from Austin. 45 minutes from Corpus Christi International Airport, 30 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi and shopping malls.

Population

Port Aransas: 3,480 (2010 census) Registered voters: 3,072

Taxes

Entity Rate/ $100City .................................................... $ .280906County (Only).................................. $0.307991School ..................................................$1.11800

Net Taxable Value
.................................$2,280,393,836
...............................$26,698,695,590
.................................$2,682,188,757

Utilities

Natural gas: City of Port Aransas
Water/Sewer: Nueces County Water Control & Improvement District No. 4
Solid waste disposal: Contracted by city. Residential curb side recycling.
Telephone: CenturyLink

Industries

Tourism Charter Fishing Higher Education

Climate

Annual Avg.Temperature: 71.0º,
Rain: Winter: 30.13”
Monthly Avg.Temperatures: January: 55.1º October: 73.9º July: 84.1º
Average Elevation: 5-6 feet above sea level
Prevailing wind: Southeasterly

Library

Bill Ellis Memorial Public Library: 700 W.Avenue A, east of City Hall (currently closed)

Medical Services

Emergency Medical Service (City operated): 10 full-time medics.
Doctor: 1
Dentist: 1

Hospitals: Corpus Christi (30 minutes away): Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Christus Spohn Hospital-Shoreline, Christus Spohn Hospital-South, Christus Spohn Hospital-Memorial, Corpus Christi Medical Center; Bay Area, Doctor’s Regional; Aransas Pass (10 minutes away): Care Regional Medical Center -- re-opening in 2019

Churches

Protestant: 4

Catholic: 1

Education

Port Aransas ISD District 2A: Total enrollment: 472
Port Aransas High School: 161
Brundrett Middle School: 105
H.G. Olsen Elementary School: 206
Fifth grade: 36 Eighth grade: 34 Twelfth grade: 28
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute:
International research facility, graduate program for marine science

Air service

Mustang Beach Airport: SH 361. City-operated, 3,500-foot surfaced, lighted runway, self-service fuel system and AWOS under repair, GPS approach, attendant.

Lodging

Hotels/motels, Condominiums, Cottages/Courts, RV Parks, Vacation home rental services,Bed & Breakfasts.Rooms available:1,270*;RV spaces available:1,300 *Method of determing numbers of rooms has been revised

Recreational Facilities, Birding, Camping, Amenities

Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture: 1,217-acre preserve that parallels the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Hikers welcome; vehicles prohibited. Dogs OK on leashes only in certain areas. Some areas off-limits due to Hurricane Harvey.

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center: On Ross Ave. Boardwalk closed due to hurricane but other areas still open.

Port Aransas Wetlands Park: Boardwalk, observation deck, State Hwy. 361 South

Scott & Joan Holt Paradise Pond Birding Habitat: Boardwalk, observation areas, Cut-off Road.

Port Aransas Community Park: 6-lane, 25-meter outdoor heated swimming pool, 2 baseball fields, t-ball field, soccer field, 1.1-mile jogging trail/exercise course, playground and picnic area,sand volleyball court,basketball court,putting green,observation tower,skateboard park. disc golf course, dog park. Off Ross Avenue.

Roberts Point Park: Pavilion, amphitheatre, observation tower, fishing pier, bulkheading with walkway, rock jetties, basketball and bocce courts, picnic and playground equipment. Fishing/sight seeing: Horace Caldwell Pier, Ancel Brundrett Pier, J.P. Luby Pier, Charlie’s Pasture Pier. All closed due to hurricane damage.

Mustang Island beach: beachcombing,swimming,camping (3-day limit in city limits),boating, surfing, windsurfing.

I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park: Camping, showers, RV spaces, educational wetland area.

Wetlands Education Center at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute: Walking educational tours; aquariums at institute’s visitor center.

Boat Launching

City marina: 6 ramps

Fishing

Head (party) boats: 11; Private charter boats: 45; Charter boat agents: 6 Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc.: Fishing guides dock at city marina available for private charters.

Communications

Newspaper: 1 Weekly (print and online)
Television: Local, Cable Channel 20
Telephone: CenturyLink

Government

Home Rule: City Council (six members + mayor)
Police department: 20 officers (+ 6 dispatchers)
Fire department: 24 volunteers with 9 vehicles
Fire insurance key rating: 4
County Constable: 8 full time

Banks

Banks: 2 branches: American Bank,ValueBank Texas

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