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Fulton, Texas
Fulton harbor
Fulton harbor
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Location of Fulton, Texas
Aransas Fulton.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Aransas
 • Total 2.46 sq mi (6.36 km2)
 • Land 1.41 sq mi (3.64 km2)
 • Water 1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total 1,358
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,057.61/sq mi (408.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 361
FIPS code 48-27888
GNIS feature ID 1336302

Fulton is a town in Aransas County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, this South Texas coastal fishing community had a population of 1,358. The town is named for George Ware Fulton, a land developer in the area.


Fulton is located at 28°04′04″N 97°02′24″W / 28.067733°N 97.040103°W / 28.067733; -97.040103, on the western shore of Aransas Bay. It is bordered to the south by the city of Rockport, the county seat. Texas State Highway 35 passes through the center of the town, leading north across the inlet of Copano Bay. Corpus Christi is 32 miles (51 km) to the southwest, and Port Lavaca is 49 miles (79 km) to the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.7 km2), or 42.77%, is water.


Marion packing company sign in Fulton, Texas
Site of former meatpacking plant
Fulton packeries sign
Sign on the Fulton waterfront
Fulton harbor fishing boats
Fishing boats in Fulton harbor

Fulton was founded in 1866, named for George Ware Fulton, Sr., a land developer in the area. Fulton had been a teacher in Indiana and decided to come to Texas by flatboat with 60 other men during the war for independence between Texas and Mexico. After the long trip to Texas, George Fulton found that the war was over but he joined the Army of the Republic of Texas for a few months.

Fulton built a large house, now known as the Fulton Mansion, in the area where Fulton stands. The town quickly became the site for many slaughterhouses as cattle from south Texas were driven to Fulton. The cattle slaughterhouses lasted until the 1880s, when railroads reached the area and provided ways to ship live cattle to population centers such as Chicago.

In 1930, some evidence of a prehistoric settlement was found in the Fulton area, possibly Karankawan.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 725
1990 763 5.2%
2000 1,553 103.5%
2010 1,358 −12.6%
2019 (est.) 1,487 9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,553 people, 707 households, and 439 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,149.9 people per square mile (444.2/km2). There were 1,008 housing units at an average density of 746.4 per square mile (288.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 84.61% White, 1.16% African American, 0.90% Native American, 8.89% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.25% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.27% of the population.

There were 707 households, out of which 18.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,857, and the median income for a family was $30,417. Males had a median income of $25,486 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,456. About 11.2% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.


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


All of Fulton is served by the Aransas County Independent School District.

Pupils are served by the Little Bay Primary School (Rockport, Pre-K–K), Live Oak 1–3 Learning Center (Rockport), Fulton 4–5 Learning Center (Fulton), Rockport-Fulton Middle School (Rockport), and Rockport-Fulton High School (Rockport).

The town is also served by the Aransas County Public Library, located in Rockport.

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