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Encyclopedia > Victoria, Texas
City of Victoria

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Official seal of City of Victoria
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Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 28°49′1″N 96°59′36″W / 28.81694, -96.99333
Country United States
State Texas
County Victoria
Government
 - Mayor Will Armstrong
Area
 - Total 33.1 sq mi (85.8 km²)
 - Land 33.0 sq mi (85.9 km²)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.2 km²)
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2005 Mid-Census Report)
 - City 68,965
 - Urban 94,124
 - Metro 301,739
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77901, 77902, 77903, 77904, 77905
Area code(s) 361
FIPS code 48-75428GR2
GNIS feature ID 1370631GR3
Website: [1]

Victoria is the seat of Victoria County in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city had a total population of 60,603. The Victoria metropolitan area had an estimated population of 221,417 in seven counties which is usually referred to as the "Golden Crescent". It is the cathedral city of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Texas. Victoria is home to Victoria College, the University of Houston–Victoria, current NFL Wide Receiver Jerheme Urban, MLB players Doug Drabek and Ron Gant and WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. Victoria is currently one of the state's fastest growing cities. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Adapted from Wikipedias TX county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Index: Contents: Top - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A Anderson County formed in 1846 from part of Houston County. ... Victoria County is a county located in the state of Texas. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... 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Victoria College is a community college serving Victoria, Texas and the surrounding counties. ... The University of Houston–Victoria, located in Victoria, Texas, was founded as an upper-level institution in 1973 as the University of Houston Victoria Center and became a permanent part of the University of Houston System in 1983. ... Jerheme Urban (born November 26, 1980 in Victoria, Texas) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys practice squad of the NFL. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent from Trinity University by the Seattle Seahawks and served as a reserve wide-receiver during his years... Douglas Dean Drabek (born July 25, 1962 in Victoria, Texas) was a Major League Baseball player. ... 1993 Topps stadium club baseball card, featuring Ron Gant Ronald Edwin Gant (born March 2, 1965 in Victoria, Texas) is a former American Major League outfielder and second baseman earlier on who played for the Atlanta Braves (1987-1993), Cincinnati Reds (1995), St. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ...

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Geography and climate

Victoria is located at 28°49′1″N, 96°59′36″W (28.816866, -96.993462)GR1. It is one of the state's old, historic cities. The original colony founded in 1824 was named for the first president of Mexico, Don Guadalupe Victoria. Guadalupe Victoria, born José Miguel Ramón Adaucto Fernández y Félix in the state of Durango, served as the first President of Mexico from 1824 to 1829. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 85.8 km² (33.1 mi²). 85.4 km² (33.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (0.45%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 88 95 97 98 101 106 104 107 111 99 93 88
Norm High °F 62.8 66.6 73.4 79.2 85.1 90.3 93.4 93.7 89.9 83 73 65.2
Norm Low °F 43.6 46.7 53.9 60.1 68.1 73.3 75 74.6 70.3 61.6 52.3 45.2
Rec Low °F 14 19 21 33 45 59 62 62 48 31 24 3
Precip (in) 2.44 2.04 2.25 2.97 5.12 4.96 2.9 3.05 5 4.26 2.64 2.47
Source: USTravelWeather.com [2]

Demographics

Looking up at First Victoria Bank in Downtown Victoria
Victoria County Courthouse in Downtown Victoria

As of the 2005 mid-census report, there were 60,603 people in the city of Victoria, 22,129 households, and 15,755 families residing in the city. The population density was 709.7/km² (1,838.3/mi²). There were 24,192 housing units at an average density of 283.3/km² (733.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.18% White, 42.92% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 17.31% from other races, 7.59% African American, 2.35% from two or more races, 1.01% Asian, 0.51% Native American, and 0.04% Pacific Islander. There were 22,129 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.21. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...

Wells Fargo Plaza in Downtown Victoria as seen from DeLeon Square

In the city the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $36,829, and the median income for a family was $42,866. Males had a median income of $34,184 versus $21,161 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,009. About 12.2% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... An older Wells Fargo branch, located in Berkeley, California Wells Fargos corporate headquarters and main branch Wells Fargo & Co. ... The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Victoria has experienced a dynamic growth throughout the 21st century. With Victoria's quick growing population, traffic volumes have become a major issue in the busy spots of Victoria. You could find yourself waiting for three or more green lights at an intersection during rush hour. 20XX redirects here. ...


Victoria has a growing STD problem. According to the Department of Health and State Services, Victoria County had in 2006, 278 reported cases of chlamydia and 121 cases of gonorrhea. This is an increase from previous years. Furthermore 11 cases of syphilis an alarming 102 cases of cumulative cases of AIDS which is also an increase from previous years.


Suicide is also on the rise in Victoria County. According to the Texas Department of Health and State Services website suicide in Victoria County and the City of Victoria has been on a steady increase since the mid-1990's.


Diabetes is also on the rise in Victoria. Also found on the Texas Department of Health and State Services website was an alarming statistic, 15% of the entire population of Victoria County has either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. According to the Texas CDS this rise in diabetes is attributed to an increase in obesity.


Location

Goodwin St. in Downtown Victoria
North Navarro St. is Victoria's Busiest Street

Victoria, Texas, is located 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and is within a two-hour drive of Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Victoria is a regional hub for a seven county area and serves a retail trade area of over 250,000 people[citation needed]. The city is known as "The Crossroads" because of its location centered between four major cities: Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Houston redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Counties Government  - Mayor Henry Garrett Area  - City 1,192. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Bexar County Government  - Mayor Phil Hardberger Area  - City  412. ... Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. ...


Victoria is home to the University of Houston–Victoria and Victoria College. Additionally, more than 60 colleges and universities are located within a 125-mile radius of Victoria including the University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University,Texas State University and Rice University. The University of Houston–Victoria, located in Victoria, Texas, was founded as an upper-level institution in 1973 as the University of Houston Victoria Center and became a permanent part of the University of Houston System in 1983. ... Victoria College is a community college serving Victoria, Texas and the surrounding counties. ... For other system schools, see University of Houston System. ... Lovett Hall William Marsh Rice University (commonly called Rice University and opened in 1912 as The William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Letters, Science and Art) is a private, comprehensive research university located in Houston, Texas, USA, near the Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. ...


History

Don Martín De León
Don Martín De León

On April 8, 1824, Don Martin De León petitioned the provincial delegation at San Fernando de Béxar to settle forty-one Mexican families on the lower Guadalupe and founded the town of Nuestra Señora Guadalupe de Jesús Victoria. The colonization grant was approved on April 13. Patricia De León (wife of Martin De León) contributed $9,800 and cows, horses, and mules valued at $300, which she inherited from her father. De León's colony was the only predominantly Mexican colony in Texas, and as a Mexican citizen the empresario received legal preference in the numerous border disputes with American settlements encircling Guadalupe Victoria. In 1829 he obtained a second contract to settle one hundred and fifty families within an area of ten leagues from the coast, and complied with that contract, founding the town of Victoria. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 356 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (416 × 701 pixel, file size: 118 KB, MIME type: image/png) Don Martin Deleon, The Founder of Victoria, Texas. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 356 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (416 × 701 pixel, file size: 118 KB, MIME type: image/png) Don Martin Deleon, The Founder of Victoria, Texas. ...


Victoria was the site of Foster Air Force Base before its decommissioning in 1958 and Aloe Army Air Field that was decommissioned in 1945. Foster Army Air Field was a United States Army Air Force base located six miles northeast of Victoria, Texas. ... Jan. ...


Recreation

DeLeon Square, the heart of Downtown Victoria

Victoria’s 562 acre Riverside Park is home to the Texas Zoo which houses more than 200 species of animals and plants that are indigenous to Texas, exhibiting them in their natural habitat. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


There are three golf courses located in Victoria. The Victoria Country Club, Riverside Golf Course, and Colony Creek Country Club. This article is about the sport of golf. ...


Riverside Park is home to over 15 baseball fields which are occupied during the Spring and Summer by baseball teams from all over the Victoria Metro region.


Libraries

The Victoria Public Librarycontains approximately 127,000 volumes at its downtown location. Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria share a library on their joint campus. Victoria College is or was the name of several institutions of secondary or higher education, including: Victoria College, Alexandria, Egypt Victoria University in the University of Toronto, University of Toronto Victoria College, Texas Victoria College of Art Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne Victoria College, Jersey, Channel Islands... University of Houston-Victoria Universities: University of Houston | University of Houston-Clear Lake | University of Houston-Downtown | University of Houston-Victoria Multi-institution Teaching Centers (MITCs): UH System at Cinco Ranch | UH System at Sugar Land Radio and TV stations: KUHF-FM | KUHT-TV Categories: University stubs ...


Tourism

Victoria has 4450 hotel and motel rooms for visitors. The Victoria Community Center is the largest enclosed convention/exhibit facility in the Golden Crescent region, with over 68,000 square feet. The Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Victoria African-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau can assist with tourism-related inquires.


Transportation

Known as the South Texas Crossroads, Victoria is located at the intersection of three major U. S. highways: Current U.S. Route shield Current U.S. Route shield in California The system of United States Numbered Highways (often called U.S. Routes or U.S. Highways) is an integrated system of roads and highways in the United States numbered within a nationwide grid. ...

  • US Highway 77 travels north from Victoria to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex intersecting Interstate 10, Interstate 35, and Interstate 37. US 77 travels south via a four-lane divided highway to the Rio Grande Valley.
  • US Highway 87 travels northwest connecting Victoria to San Antonio providing access to Interstate 35. US 87 also connects with Port Lavaca to the southeast.

Victoria is a regional transportation hub for the surrounding counties with local access to major large and small freight carriers, Victoria Regional Airport, railway terminals, the shallow draft Port of Victoria, and the deep water Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort. U.S. Route 59 is a north-south United States highway (though it is signed east-west in parts of Texas). ... A typical rural stretch of Interstate highway, with two lanes in each direction separated by a large grassy median, and with cross-traffic limited to overpasses and underpasses. ... For other uses, see 69 (disambiguation). ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 10 Interstate 10 (abbreviated I-10) is the southernmost east-west, coast-to-coast interstate highway in the United States. ... Interstate 45 (I-45) is an Interstate Highway located entirely within the U.S. state of Texas. ... U.S. Route 77 is a north-south United States highway. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 35 Interstate 35 (abbreviated I-35) is a north–south interstate highway in the central United States. ... Interstate 37 is an intrastate interstate highway located within the state of Texas, United States. ... U.S. Highway 87 is a north-south United States highway (though it is signed east-west in New Mexico) that runs for 1,998 miles (3,215 km) from northern Montana to southern Texas. ... Victoria Regional Airport (IATA: VCT, ICAO: KVCT) is a public airport located a few miles northeast of Victoria, Texas. ... The Port of Victoria, Texas was opened in 1968 by creation of a 35-mile barge canal (dredged to a depth of 9 feet) linking Victoria, Texas to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). ...


External links

City in 1873
City in 1873

Coordinates: 28.816866° N 96.993462° W
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Victoria, Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1536 words)
Victoria is the cathedral city of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Texas.
Victoria is a regional transportation hub for the surrounding counties with local access to major large and small freight carriers, Victoria Regional Airport, railway terminals, the shallow draft Port of Victoria, and the deep water Port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort.
It is served by Victoria Regional Airport and the Port of Victoria.
Victoria County, Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (393 words)
Victoria County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas.
It is included in the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.
It is a part of the Victoria, Texas, metropolitan statistical area.
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