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The Texas Coastal Bend refers to the flat area of land along the Texas coast. It is home to many cities including Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Port Lavaca, Galveston, Victoria, Beaumont, and Houston. The Coastal Bend includes the barrier islands of Texas and the Laguna Madre. According to the United States 2000 Census the Texas Coastal Bend had a population of 6,332,801.


The Texas Coastal Bend enjoys a rich culture with a mix of Hispanic and Anglo traditions, with an increasing number of Asian/Pacific Islander population and traditions. The centers of this area are focused around the main population centers in Brownsville, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Houston, Texas.


Most populous cities

City?2000 Census Population[1]?County?
Houston1,953,631Harris County
Corpus Christi277,454Nueces County
Pasadena141,674Harris County
Brownsville139,722Cameron County
Beaumont113,866Jefferson County
McAllen106,414Hidalgo County
Baytown66,430Harris County
Sugar Land63,328Fort Bend County
Victoria60,603Victoria County
Harlingen57,564Cameron County
Edinburg48,465Hidalgo County
Pharr46,660Hidalgo County
Mission45,408Hidalgo County

Flora and fauna

The Whooping Crane

The Coastal Bend is a habitat for many types of vegetation[2] and wildlife. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is among the most prominent centers for wildlife. Wildlife found in the area includes the rare Whooping Crane, American Alligators, Nine-banded Armadillos, West Indian Manatees, and numerous other species of wildlife.

The Texas Coastal Bend is also an area of demarcation between ranges of various vegetative species. For example, the California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) is found only west of the Texas Coastal Bend, or more specifically the Balcones Fault.[3]


Two fisherman stand on a shoal in Laguna Madre

The Bays included in the area:

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R. Michael Brown