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.


The Texas Coastal Bend enjoys a rural, urban, and suburban mix of mainly Bi-Cultural, Hispanic and Anglo traditions. African American and Asian/Pacific Islander population and their cultural traditions are well represented throughout this region as well.

Among the universal features which connects the populations of this region, are the ever present summer threats of severe hurricane winds and flooding affecting these predominantly flat lands areas. As such, the people of these low topography counties threaded by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, are subject to regular evacuations and keep a keen sense on hurricane awareness.

The centers of this area are focused around the main population centers in Brownsville, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Houston, Texas. Much of the rural and suburban areas of the Coastal Bend are predominately White however.


Most populous cities[edit]

City2011 Census Estimate Population[1]County
Houston2,145,146Harris County
Corpus Christi307,953Nueces County
Brownsville178,430Cameron County
Pasadena152,281Harris County
McAllen133,742Hidalgo County
Beaumont118,548Jefferson County
The Woodlands93,847Montgomery County
Pearland93,305Brazoria County
League City84,856Galveston County
Sugar Land81,700Fort Bend County
Mission79,368Hidalgo County
Edinburg79,147Hidalgo County
Baytown73,322Harris County
Pharr72,513Hidalgo County
Missouri City69,774Fort 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]


Two fisherman stand on a shoal in Laguna Madre

The Bays included in the area:

See also[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

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