Van Vleck is an up-and-coming residential area which has seen significant growth in the past couple of decades. Located in Matagorda County, Van Vleck’s population has risen from 1,411 in 2000 to 1,811 in 2010. Being a census-designated place (CDP) rather than an actual city, Van Vleck is run by county police and county ordinance, despite its close proximity to Bay City.
In terms of economy and livability, Van Vleck’s cost of living is 10% less than the U.S. average, and its unemployment rate sits at 6.1%. Due to its smaller size and population, many residents of Van Vleck commute to Bay City or Sweeny to work the industrial jobs that are available in these larger cities.
Thanks to the Hispanic demographic which makes up a notable percentage of Van Vleck’s population, it offers a number of authentic Hispanic (specifically Mexican) restaurants. This is a great draw for this CDP; Van Vleck has about 10,000 cars pass through every day via TX-35, and these restaurants entice more and more people into the area, thus contributing to its growing economy.
Thanks to its close proximity to both Bay City and West Columbia, Van Vleck residents have a wide variety of options for activities and events outside of the borders of their own residential area. Aside from those nearby cities, it is also within driving distance of Houston; Van Vleck is located only 74 miles southwest via major highways.
In Van Vleck, summers are long and hot, much in the same way that many cities and towns near Texas’ southern coast are. The hottest months of summer typically reach up to 93°F. Winters are shorter and bring cooler weather, but they very rarely result in temperatures equal to or lower than freezing. Mild, comfortable temperatures suitable for outdoor activities can be expected both before the summer (from late March to mid-May) as well as after (from early October to early November).
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