Cities and Communities

Aransas Pass
Aransas Pass (population 8,204) is nestled between the Aransas and Corpus Christi Bays on the mainland of Texas. While parts of the city lie within Nueces and Aransas Counties, the majority of city’s land mass lies within San Patricio County. It is one of the county’s more populated communities. Visitors to the city love the relaxed atmosphere and bay breezes that make Aransas Pass a fisherman’s paradise. In addition, high quality educational, recreational and cultural opportunities make Aransas Pass a great place to live and work.
As of the 2013 school year, there were 4,488 students enrolled at GPISD. It is the largest school district in San Patricio County. The University Interscholastic League classifies the district as 4A (A-5A). The school colors are red and blue, and the school mascot is the Wildcat. The Gregory-Portland ISD “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) – which is one of the ways schools in Texas are evaluated. Of seven campuses, six were rated “Met Standard” and one was rated “Improvement Required”.
Since the 2010 closing of Naval Station Ingleside, the city is experiencing a resurgence of growth, fueled by expanding local energy, chemical industries, and families looking for great schools. The City of Ingleside was incorporated in 1951 and in 1954 the Army Corps of Engineers dredged the La Quinta Channel through Ingleside Point. The chemical industry came to town in 1973 with the opening of the Chemours plant.
Ingleside on the Bay
Ingleside Independent School District consists of five campuses: Ingleside Primary (PK-1), Gilbert J. Microvich Elementary (6-8), Blaschke / Sheldon Elementary (5-6), Leon Taylor Junior High School (7-8) and Ingleside High School (9-12). The district, as a whole, as well as each individual campus “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness – one of the ways in which school districts in Texas are evaluated.
Mathis Independent School District consists of four campuses: Mathis Elementary School (PK-2), Mathis Intermediate School (3-5), Mathis Middle School (6-8) and Mathis High School (9-12). The district, as a whole, “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness – one of the ways in which school districts in Texas are evaluated, though two campuses were rated as “Improvement Required.”
The City of Odem, population 2,389, is located in the south western portion of San Patricio County, close to the neighboring community of Calallen. Situated on Highway 77 between Corpus Christi and Houston, Odem benefits monetarily from a steady flow of vehicles – passenger and commercial – that travel through the area. The city has grown in recent years with several new housing developments including Angelita Estates and Odem South in outer-lying areas of town. Odem is positioned to become a “bedroom community” for residents wishing to work on the industrial eastern end of San Patricio County and “Refinery Row” in Corpus Christi.
The most populated city in San Patricio County, Portland – population 15,099 – boasts more housing, commercial development and modern amenities than the other eight communities. Gregory-Portland ISD schools rank among the best in the area, in both academics and athletics, and Northshore Country Club provides access to an 18-hole golf course and pro shop. Portland is praised for its business-friendly policies, but is best known for its breathtaking sunsets and sunrises on the beach.
The City of Sinton – population 5,679 – is the County Seat of San Patricio. Strategically located in the geographical center of the county, most of San Patricio’s county offices are located in Sinton. These include: the courthouse, sheriff’s office, jail, appraisal district, health department, civic center, fairgrounds, drainage district, extension office, farm service agency and one of two county airports. In addition, Sinton serves as the area office for several state departments including and the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Department of Transportation. District court for both San Patricio and Aransas Counties is held in Sinton, making the city’s historic downtown the center of county government administration.
Taft, affectionately called the “Friendliest Cotton-Pickin’ Town in Texas”, is not only rich in cotton, but also gas and oil resources. Taft was once the center of the million acre Taft Ranch. The ranch was built and owned by the half-brother of President William Howard Taft, Charles Phelps Taft. The nearby town of Sinton, Texas is named for his father in law David Sinton. The town has evolved from its early days, but has remained a primarily agriculture-based community.
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