What's it like to live in Beaumont, TX?


Frank DiCesare

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Frank DiCesare

Along with neighboring cities Port Arthur and Orange, Beaumont makes up southeast Texas' Golden Triangle, a moniker that means business. The Texas oil boom was sparked in Beaumont when oil explorer Anthony Francis Lucas' gusher rained black gold on Spindletop Hill in 1901. Of course, the rest is history.

Today, Beaumont's treasures are tapped both inside and outside its city limits. Downtown offers entertainment and cultural venues that feature live music and theater, and a museum district celebrates Beaumont's people, history and love of contemporary art. Exit the city proper, and Interstate 10 is your ticket to a world of exciting and eclectic opportunities, all within a two-hour drive. A trip west will get you to Houston and its many attractions. Drive east, and you're in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where Cajun culture and cuisine await. For people who enjoy the outdoors and yearn for adventure, a one-hour drive south will lead to world-class deep-sea fishing and boating in the Gulf of Mexico.

A recent surge in the natural gas and petrochemical markets promises something akin to a boom for those seeking work in the energy industry in Beaumont.

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Rankings

U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Beaumont, Texas is ranked:

#124 in Best Places to Live

#85 in Best Places to Retire

#7 in Best Places to Live in Texas

6.1

Overall

Scorecard

Best Places to Live

  • Desirability
    6.0
  • Value
    7.3
  • Job Market
    5.6
  • Quality of Life
    5.8
  • Net Migration
    5.8

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Beaumont, TX Quick Stats

  • 409,693

    Metro Population

  • $49,150

    Average Annual Salary

  • N/A

    Avg High/Low Temps

  • 37.0

    Median Age

  • N/A

    Median Home Price

  • N/A

    AVG Annual Rainfall

  • 5.5%

    Unemployment Rate

  • $827

    Median Monthly Rent

  • 22.4 minutes

    Avg Commute Time

What is there to do in Beaumont, TX?

Those with an ear for music will enjoy the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Live performances are regularly held at the historic Jefferson Theatre, which also shows classic movies. Art lovers can check out exhibits at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the Beaumont Art League. History buffs can learn about bygone eras at the Clifton Steamboat Museum, the Texas oil boom at the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown museum and the Texas Energy Museum, and the creations of inventor Thomas Edison at the Edison Museum.

At Tyrrell Park, visitors can enjoy a horseback ride, walk along the 900-acre Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands, play a round of golf at Henry Homberg Golf Course or stroll through the flowers at the 24-acre Beaumont Botanical Gardens. Beaumont is also home to Gator Country Adventure Park, where guests can carefully handle baby alligators and learn about the region's various reptiles.

A short drive north to Kountze, Texas, will bring outdoorsy people to Big Thicket National Preserve, which provides visitors with more than 100,000 acres for fishing, boating, camping and horseback riding. Big Thicket also has about 40 miles of hiking trails.

What's the cost of living in Beaumont, TX?

If you've got a secure job, you should be able to make ends meet in Beaumont. The region has a lower cost of living than the nation and the state of Texas. Beaumonters also live in a relatively tax-friendly state. While the state's consumer sales and use tax rate is slightly higher than the national average, Texans don't pay state income taxes. But save those extra dollars for the supermarket, as food costs tend to be higher in Beaumont than in other parts of the state.

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Value Index

Index Score: 7.3 /10

How we calculate this.


Beaumont offers a better value than similarly sized metro areas when you compare housing costs to median household income.

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What's the weather like in Beaumont, TX?

Beaumont's subtropical climate means that summers can be hot and muggy. Expect a fair amount of summer rain, too. Beaumont cools off in the fall and winter months, and mild weather continues through the springtime.

What's the best way to get around Beaumont, TX?

If you're moving to Beaumont, bring your car – you're going to need it. Beaumont does not have the extensive public transportation services seen in much larger metro areas. Beaumont Municipal Transit operates numerous bus routes, but intracity rail service is nonexistent. Taxi and ride-sharing services are the only other choices for local transportation.

Pedestrian travel in Beaumont is a mixed bag. While the downtown streets have sidewalks, many of the area's residential neighborhoods do not.

Residents like to describe Beaumont's commute as a "10-minute rush hour." While this assertion may be true at times, commuters who rely on Beaumont's stretch of Interstate 10 – an artery often blocked with traffic – can expect delays, especially during rush hour.

For those traveling beyond the metro area's limits, Jack Brooks Regional Airport offers regional flights via American Eagle. The Beaumont area also has Greyhound bus and Amtrak train stations.

Commuting in Beaumont, TX

Means of Transportation
Driving
96%
Above national average

Bicycling
0%
Equal to national average

Walking
1%
Equal to national average

Public Transit
1%
Below national average
Average Commute Time

22.4 minutes

4.2 minutes less than national average

Average Commute Times by Zip Code

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Who lives in Beaumont, TX?

Home to Lamar University, and paired with its low cost of living and opportunities for weekend fun, Beaumont is a magnet for college students and young adults.

With its oil refineries and petrochemical plants, Beaumont is primarily a blue-collar area. 

Age Distribution

Marital Status Breakdown


About the same number of single people in Beaumont as national average

Data sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.