Bay City, the county seat of Matagorda County, Texas, is ideally situated just one hour from Houston and 20 miles from the Texas Gulf coast. A perfect example of a small-town coastal community, the city spreads out over 8.5 square miles and has a population of over 17,500 people.


Over the past few years, Matagorda County has seen tremendous success in economic development. As a result, Bay City continues to seek opportunities to develop our local workforce and compete for new jobs being created in our region. As it stands currently, nearly 70% of the jobs within the city limits are in the Retail and Service industry.

Main Street

Bay City is proud to be a designated Texas Main Street participant. The program encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation. The Main Street Approach advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets. Every year, our downtown revitalization and preservation goals help us advance our historic downtown and improve our economic sustainability by celebrating historic pride, economic vitality, and the best of Texas hospitality.

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We know we are living the good life when we can drive to the beach after work, put our toes in the sand and still be home by bedtime.