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Van Vleck, Texas
Location of Van Vleck, Texas
Location of Van Vleck, Texas
Matagorda County VanVleck.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Matagorda
 • Total 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Land 3.2 sq mi (8.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total 1,411
 • Density 444.4/sq mi (171.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-75068
GNIS feature ID 1370579

Van Vleck is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matagorda County, Texas, United States. The population is one of the few areas with positive growth in Matagorda County. The 2010 census showed a 25% increase with 1,844 people (versus 1,411 at the 2000 census). Although near Bay City, TX the site of Van Vleck falls outside the ETJ of Bay City, TX and is regulated by county police and county ordinance.


Van Vleck is located at 29°1′19″N 95°53′26″W / 29.02194°N 95.89056°W / 29.02194; -95.89056 (29.022061, -95.890523).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), all of it land.


The 2010 census showed a 25% increase with 1,844 people (versus 1,411 at the 2000 census). Further census details are pending.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,411 people, 505 households, and 397 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 444.4 people per square mile (171.9/km²). There were 578 housing units at an average density of 182.1 per square mile (70.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.09% White, 17.51% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 8.72% from other races, and 3.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.66% of the population.

There were 505 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,810, and the median income for a family was $40,170. Males had a median income of $31,034 versus $14,438 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,595. About 3.6% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over.

Popular culture

In popular culture, Van Vleck is often mentioned for its small but well known small town features. This is also the hometown of Charles Austin.

Time line of Van Vleck

1830's Bailey Hardeman moved to this location in Matagorda county in the early part of the decade.
1836 Hardeman dies of fever just 1 mile south of Van Vleck in Caney Creek. Today this area is known as Caney but was called Caney Crossing during the days of the Republic of Texas. It is named for the Caney Creek
1840's The area became known as Hardeman's Post Office, after Bailey Hardeman, one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence
1900's The Texas and New Orleans railroad (T&NO rail road) brings rail lines to Matagorda County with a stop in Van Vleck. The T&NO was a subsidiary of Southern Pacific Railroad
1901 Town officially named for W. G. Van Vleck, a railroad official that served as the companies souther pacific superintendent. Several Hardeman families still live in Matagorda county and Van Vleck has a road named Hardeman road This year, the railroad connected Van Vleck to Wharton Tx.
1930 The town was originally northwest of its present location, but in 1930, when State Highway 35 was built, the town moved to the highway.
1952 First Baptist Church was built
1955 Methodist church built
1996 Charles Austin, of Van Vleck Texas wins olympic gold medal
2010 Population count expands by 25% from prior census of 2000
2010 First Physician clinic to serve the area, a Dermatology clinic opens its doors.

2010 First Baptist Church of Van Vleck builds new church on 4 acre lot on Highway 35 just east of the Van Vleck High School Footbal Burl McKinney Stadium

2015 Van Vleck Lions Club is established.

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