Area Demographics

LIFESTYLE
Recreational Facilities:

Baseball • Basketball • Tennis Courts • Volleyball • Golf Course • Parks • PlayGround • Museum 
 

COMMUNITY FACILITIES

• Eight motels with a total of 400 rooms
• Largest meeting room capacity of 1000
• 14 Churches
• 3 Banks and 1 Federal Credit Union
    

MEDICAL FACILITIES

• 1 Local Hospitals with 76 Beds
• 1 Local Nursing Home with 120 Beds
• 1 Clinic
• 4 Doctors
• 1 Dentists
 

UTILITY COMPANIES

• Electricity  -   Entergy   -   1-800-368-3749
• Water  -  Trinity Bay Conservation District  -  1-409-267-3111
• Telephone -  Windstream  -   1-800-622-5226
• Cable  -  Time Warner  -  1-409-769-2555
 

COMMUNICATIONS (50 mile radius)  

• 5 Daily Newspapers
• 2 Weekly Newspapers
• 3 Television Stations
• 1 Cable Television Company
• 11 Radio Stations
• Telephone Service
• 4 Post Offices

ATTRACTIONS

An annual celebration saluting one of Texas' biggest cash crops, a Texas-size flea market, extraordinary antiquing, a unique playground, a professional rodeo, hunting _ fishing, a restored rail depot museum and nearby birding are included in the list of attractions which entice citizens and visitors alike to stop and visit a while in Winnie.

The Texas Rice Festival, held annually the first weekend in October, celebrates everything to do with rice and good times! A tribute to rice farmers and the rice harvest, the event raises funds for scholarships, agricultural projects and many other charitable organizations. The festival features non-stop live entertainment, a carnival, parades, a livestock show, BBQ cookoff, nightly street dances, rice cooking contest, pageants, and lots of great food! The Texas Rice Festival provides a safe, country fair atmosphere with entertainment for all ages.

Safari Run Playground, also located in the Winnie-Stowell Park, is a community-built playground featuring an elephant slide, Captain Bob's boat, curvy slide, amphitheater _ stage, tot lot, picnic tables, swings and sand boxes, all nestled under a bounty of shade trees. The facility is open to the public and may be used for family gatherings, birthday parties, picnics and social _ civic events.

The Winnie Santa Fe Depot Museum, located just across the street from the Winnie-Stowell Park, was built in 1895. The depot has been relocated and refurbished to house area historical artifacts. The Agricultural Museum, located adjacent to the Depot, houses authentic antique tractors, farming equipment, photos, historical artifacts and the airplane that planted the first aerially-seeded rice crop in Texas.

Larry's Old Time Trade Days are held the weekend following the first Monday of each month. Established in 1992, an average of 400 vendors come from all over the nation bringing their antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts to the monthly event.

Antique shops proudly display their antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts. It's a great way to spend the day…..antiquing in Winnie.

The Winnie area offers excellent hunting and fishing opportunities for the sportsman. And for birders, the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and High Island, 18 miles to the south of Winnie, are top viewing areas of the United States as migratory birds stop during their winter travels.

Only 15 minutes from the Gulf Coast, and situated just along IH-10, Winnie is a perfect overnight stop with lodging and camping facilities available and a variety of restaurants to choose from.

TRANSPORTATION

Highway systems linking Winnie are Interstate 10, Highway 73 and FM 1663, which becomes Highway 124 in the townsite. The area is serviced by seven motor carriers. The nearest navigable waterway (40 feet) is the Intercoastal Canal, 17 miles away. The nearest public barge dock is at Anahuac, 22 miles away, with the nearest deepwater port 27 miles away at the Port of Beaumont.

The nearest air service is Winnie Municipal Airport with 3600 feet of lighted runway. Commercial service is available 30 miles away at Jefferson County Airport and 65 miles away at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airport.

INCOME

• 1997 Median household income — $35,390
• 2002 Median household income — $41,428
• 1997 Average disposable income — $32,135

EMPLOYMENT (12/97)

• Chambers County Labor Force — 11,233
• Employed — 10,778
• Unemployed — 445
• % Unemployed — 4%

 

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

• East Chambers I.S.D. — School District — 180
• Winnie Community Hospital — Hospital _ Clinics — 130
• Browing Ferris Industries — Sanitary Landfill — 87
• Winnie Welding — Pipeline Construction _ Maintenance — 75
• Market Basket — Grocery Stores — 59
• Al T's — Restaurant _ Boudain Factory — 71
• McDonald's — Restaurant — 47
• Mike Young Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge _ Jeep — Car Dealership — 46
• Centana — Gas Transmission Pipe — 43
• Premier — Oil Field Casing — 42
• Burger King — Restaurant — 34
• Pizza Inn — Restaurant — 30
• Texas First Bank — Financial Institution — 29
• SWAT, Inc. — Oil Field Service and Maintenance — 20
• David Self Ford — Car Dealership — 20
• M _ J Fertilizer — Fertilizer and Chemical — 12

 

LOCATION

Distance from:
Beaumont — 27 mi.
New Orleans — 300mi.
Houston — 58 mi.
New York — 1640 mi.
Los Angeles — 1565 mi.
Chicago — 1060 mi.
Dallas — 220 mi.
 

POPULATION

1980 — 5117 — 18,538
1990 — 4619 — 20,088
1997 — 5275 (est.) — 23,545

Year — City — County

AGE POPULATION

Under 5…………………………………………………………………………………………………345
5-14..……………………………………………………………………………………………………818
15-24……………………………………………………………………………………………………690
25-44.…………………………………………………………………………………………………1552
45-54……………………………………………………………………………………………………667
55-64……………………………………………………………………………………………………484
65+………………………………………………………………………………………………………719

Median Age (1997)……...………………………………………………………35.8

Source: Claritas, Inc. 1/98
 

SALES TAX

State — 6.75%
City — none
EMS — .5%

PROPERTY ASSESSMENT TAX RATE

Tax: Ratio per $100
County — 100% — 0.51009
City — none — none
School — 100% — 1.44
Trinity Bay — 100% — 0.52124

UTILITIES

Electricity: Entergy
Natural Gas: CenterPoint Energy
Fuel Oil and LP gas are available locally.
Water: Trinity Bay Conservation District
Capacity: 1,080,000 GPD
Average daily consumption: 581,000 GPD
Peak consumption: 818,000 GPD
Storage capacity: 495,000 Gallons
Sanitary Sewerage: Trinity Bay
Conservation District
City coverage: 90%
Treatment plant type: Extended Aeration
Garbage Disposal: Landfill

CLIMATE

Annual average temperature: 76.8
Monthly Averages: January-61.5 July-90.2
Rainfall: 55.07 inches
Snowfall: 0 inches
Elevation: 15-20 feet

LABOR

Estimated available males: 1200
Estimated available females: 1100

EDUCATION

1 Elementary School with 35 Teachers and 510 Pupils in Grades PreK-4
1 Intermediate School with 17 Teachers and 185 Pupils in Grades 5-6
1 Middle School with 20 Teachers and 185 Pupils in Grades 7-8                        1 High School with 24 Teachers and 365 Pupils in Grades 9-12


Private Schools: No
VO-Tech:  2 within 35 miles
Colleges:  1 within 40 miles
Universities:  1 within 30 miles
Libraries: 3

MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT

Unincorporated
Zoning Regulations: None