The City of Aransas Pass 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, much of the eastern portion of city’s land mass including the public boat launch lie within San Patricio County. 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.
The successful development of the high-end Bay Harbor and Pelican Cove waterfront subdivisions proved Aransas Pass could, in fact, attract and retain an affluent audience of salt water enthusiasts. With the expansion of maritime and other major industries on the close-by La Quinta Ship Channel, families new to the area are discovering the city’s easygoing way of life. Aransas Pass is a great place to raise a family, with excellent schools and entertainment options for children and adults, and is also popular among retired persons. Aransas Pass for Youth, Inc., formed in 1996, serves as the community’s safety net program for at-risk students with its after school program and a summer camp that serves hundreds of children each year. Affiliated with the United Way of the Coastal Bend, APFY’s mission is to foster social skills, teach love and respect for literacy, encourage stewardship of the environment and promote a drug-free lifestyle.
Quality of Life
Located in the center of the Texas Coastal Bend’s fishing and boating activity, Aransas Pass offers an affordable, coastal lifestyle and friendly, easy-going residents. The city is home to fantastic fishing, sailing and kayaking and an array of other salt water activities. Located directly on Redfish Bay, its location is ideal for recreational boaters and fishermen, who take advantage of direct access to two Gulf of Mexico channels.
Conn Brown Harbor – Open for Business…
The city of Aransas Pass embraces the coastal lifestyle with some of the best fishing in Texas. Once homeport to the largest shrimp boat fleet in the United States, Aransas Pass’ Conn Brown Harbor now serves as a launch point for recreational fishermen. Conn Brown boasts a huge in-door boat storage facility and boat valet, as well as a hopping restaurant and tiki bar. Many of the businesses that once thrived from shrimping were forced to move out of the harbor with the increase in the price of diesel. However, its well-developed and maintained infrastructure, along with its central location, gives the harbor great potential for new development and a new identity that reflects the progress of the city’s populace. Planners and business owners see the possibility to transform the harbor into a statewide destination for fishing enthusiasts and coasties and increase tourism. Following the exodus of the shrimpers, most of the harbor has been partially or wholly reverted.
Work and Play…
Over the past decade or so citizens have chosen to invest in public facilities that both serve the community and act as a draw for visitors throughout the North Bay area. The Aransas Pass Aquatic Center, which sits adjacent to the little league fields, bills itself as a “50,000 gallon kiddie pool” that is a favorite destination for families throughout the county. Open from March-October, the Aquatic Center, operated by trained lifeguards, offers swimming lessons and can be reserved for private events. Many local artists display their work in boutique galleries which, along with the historic and recently reincarnated Rialto Theater, tell the story of the town’s rich culture. Aransas Pass is home to many of the people who work in San Patricio County’s major industrial sector, allowing for ideal distance (about ten miles) between home and work. The Aransas Pass Civic Center celebrated its grand opening in April 2009, and has hosted hundreds of successful events since, ranging trade shows, banquets, weddings and the San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation Annual Event. The civic center features a dividable exhibition hall / ballroom of more than 16,000 square feet, approximately 2,000 square feet of meeting room space, and an outstanding courtyard offering almost 12,000 square feet of event space. The facility is designed to host meetings, conferences, trade shows, concerts and other business and entertainment related events. Capable of facilitating exquisite events, the Aransas Pass Civic Center is complimented by a high level of service and style. The annual “Shrimporee”, put on by the city highlights the delicious crustacean that is such a major part of the town’s economic history.
The City of Aransas Pass is the third most populated city in San Patricio County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,204 people, approximately 11.92% of the county’s total population.
- Median Household Income: $42,847
- Per Capita Income: $27,120
Aransas Pass Independent School District consists of five campuses including Faulk Early Childhood (Grade PK-1), Kieberger Elementary (Grades 2-3), Charlie Marshall Elementary (Grades 4-6), AC Blunt Middle School (Grades 7-8) and Aransas Pass High School (Grades 9-12).
As of the 2013 school year, there were 1,840 students enrolled at APISD. The University Interscholastic League classifies the district as 3A (A-5A). The school colors are purple and gold, and the school mascot is the Panther.
Aransas Pass Government & Leadership
Mayor – Ramiro Gomez
City Manager – Gary Edwards
Physical Address: 601 W. Cleveland Boulevard
Aransas Pass, TX 78336
Phone: 361-758-5301 ext 2122
Mailing Address: 2300 McMullen Lane, Suite 600
Aransas Pass, TX, 78336
Telephone: (361) 758-4200
Fax: (361) 758-2962
Website: City of Aransas Pass Texas