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Retail Area


Port Arthur is a retail center in itself and is home to a major shopping mall, strip centers and several shopping areas that include large “anchor” stores such as Academy, Walmart, Office Depot, Target, Dillard’s, JC Penny, Sears, Ross, etc. Retail and wholesale trade, distribution, business and medical services are important elements of the local economy.

SMSA

Number of Households 139,700
   
Households by EBI  
$20,000-$34,999 30,011
$35,000-$49,999 23,408
$50,000 and over 39,407
Median Household EBI $30,711
Average Household EBI $39,032
Total EBI $5,452,761
Households with EBI of $150,000 or more 1,686
Total Business Establishments 8,059
Buying Power Index 0.1294

Source: Marketing Statistics, Producers of the Survey of Buying Power

 

Gross Sales as of 2nd Quarter 2009 

  Port Arthur Jefferson County
Retail $3,047,563,257 $7,359,323,730
All Industries $8,038,285,819 $14,511,801,841

Source: Quarterly Sales Report, Window on Texas, www.cpa.state.tx.us

 

Housing Costs


The average rental cost for a two-bedroom apartment in Port Arthur is $800 . The average purchase price of a single family home in Port Arthur is $80,300. The cost of living index, with the U.S. average being 100, is 93.73.

Source: Board of Realtors


 

Median Prices of Single-Family Homes/Median Income
2008

 MLS  Median Priced Homes
 Median Family Income
Beaumont
$130,100  $51,400
Port Athur  $144,700  $51,400
Texas
$146,900  $55,000
United States $196,600  $61,500

Source: Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University 

 

2000 Housing Occupancy

  Port Arthur Jefferson County  
Total Units 24,713 102,080  
Occupied 21,839 92,880  
Vacant 2,874 9,210  

Source: U.S. Census


Port Arthur Building Permits
January-November 2002

  Number Valuation Fees
Building 1,319 $40,549,484 $105,548
Demolition 142 $4,550 $6,950
Electrical 1,148 - $15,008
Mechanical 289 $3,277,653 $7,090
Moving 7 $100 $350
Plumbing 402 - $6,503
Total 3,307 $43,831,787 $141,449

Source: City of Port Arthur

 

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City Sales and Use Tax Comparison Summary - February 2008

 

  Net Pymt
This Period

 Comparable Pymt
Prior Year

  %
Change

  2008 Pymts
To Date

  2007 Pymts
To Date

  %
Change

 

Jefferson   County

 

2,409,361.91 2,272,277.46 6.03%  4,415,521.33     3,815,253.54     15.73%        

Port Arthur

1,362,547.10     1,321,482.07 3.10%   2,205,624.46 2,116,994.65 4.18%


Source: Quarterly Sales Report, Window on Texas, www.cpa.state.tx.us

 

Income Information of Port Arthur and Surrounding Areas
(March 2008)

Port Arthur

$26,455

Beaumont

$32,183

Nederland

$45,188

Groves

 $32,000

Port Neches

 $35,000

The per capita income for Port Arthur is $15,876 (which includes all adults and children).

Source: Sperling's Best Places and www.simplyhired.com