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Seadrift is a city in Calhoun County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,364 at the 2010 census.[3] It is a part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Seadrift, Texas
Location of Seadrift, Texas
Location of Seadrift, Texas
Calhoun County Seadrift.svg
Coordinates: 28°24′46″N 96°42′44″W / 28.41278°N 96.71222°W / 28.41278; -96.71222Coordinates: 28°24′46″N 96°42′44″W / 28.41278°N 96.71222°W / 28.41278; -96.71222
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Land1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total1,364
 • Density1,125/sq mi (434.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)361
FIPS code48-66416[1]
GNIS feature ID1346842[2]



Seadrift is located in southwestern Calhoun County at 28°24′46″N 96°42′44″W / 28.41278°N 96.71222°W / 28.41278; -96.71222 (28.412896, -96.712244).[4] It is on the northeast shore of San Antonio Bay, 60 miles (97 km) by air but 80 miles (130 km) by road northeast of Corpus Christi and 145 miles (233 km) southeast of San Antonio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 1.98%, is water.[3]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Seadrift has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]


Census Pop.
Est. 20161,503[6]10.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2000 Census dataEdit

At the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,352 people, 488 households, and 347 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,083.1 people per square mile (417.6/km²). There were 652 housing units at an average density of 522.3/sq mi (201.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.74% White, 0.89% African American, 0.22% Native American, 10.21% Asian, 7.91% from other races, and 3.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.07% of the population.

There were 488 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the city, the population was 32.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males. The median income for a household in the city was $26,339, and the median income for a family was $31,010. Males had a median income of $29,531 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,481. About 20.6% of families and 25.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.1% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.


Seadrift residents are served by the Calhoun County Independent School District. Seadrift School serves residents from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Residents attend Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca for high school.

1979 incidentEdit

Seadrift is remembered for a killing that took place on August 3, 1979.[8] Prior to this date there had been several negative racial incidents between local white citizens and Vietnamese immigrants. As the central area relied heavily on the shrimping industry for income, many native white shrimpers felt threatened by the increasing number of Vietnamese shrimpers. On the night of August 3, 1979, several Vietnamese boats were burned and a vacant Vietnamese house was firebombed. A fistfight broke out between white and Vietnamese fishermen, which ended with the fatal shooting of 35-year-old crabber Billy Joe Aplin. Vietnamese crabber Sau Van Nguyen and his brother Chinh Nguyen were tried for murder and acquitted on the grounds of self-defense.[9] The incident inspired the creation of both the 1981 documentary Fire on the Water and the 1985 film Alamo Bay.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Seadrift city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Seadrift, Texas
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Reference article
  9. ^ Reference article Archived 2009-09-03 at the Wayback Machine

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