Cross over the scenic Fred Hartman Bridge and you’ll find Baytown, Texas. Located just 30 miles east of downtown Houston, Baytown is the third largest city in Harris County, and is easily accessible via Interstate 10, Highway 146, and the Grand Parkway (Hwy 99).
With a population of around 74,000, Baytown encompasses an area of approximately 34 square miles and boasts a rich environment, as well as a strong historical and economic heritage.
The city’s strategic location has encouraged a successful and diverse blend of employment opportunities and recreational activities centered on the area’s waterways. Located in the Texas Independence Trail region, Baytown is rich in history. General Sam Houston was an early resident, and the area played a significant role in the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The region was also home to the Karankawa Indians; their artifacts can still be found at the Baytown Nature Center.
Originally three separate towns, the City of Baytown combined Goose Creek (dating back to before 1850, and oil boom-towns Pelly (established in the late 1910s), and East Baytown (early 1920’s) when it incorporated in 1948.
Major employers include ExxonMobil, Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, and San Jacinto Methodist Hospital.
With a booming economy, Baytown is experiencing unprecedented growth in industry, retail and housing. The city has maintained high quality of life while becoming a major center for economic growth in the Sugarland-Houston-Baytown metropolitan area.
For more information on the City of Baytown read the 2014 Popular Annual Financial Report.