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 Quick History

In 1747, the Spanish government sent José de Escandón to inspect the northern frontier of its North American colonies, including Spanish Texas. In his final report, Escandónt recommended that Presidio La Bahia be moved from its Guadalupe River location to the banks of the San Antonio River, so that it would be more capable of assisting settlements along the Rio Grande.Both the presidio and the mission it protected, Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga, likely moved to their new location in October 1749. Escandón proposed that 25 Mexican families be relocated near the presidio to form a civilian settlement but was unable to find enough willing settlers.With the conclusion of the Seven Years War in 1763, France ceded Louisiana, and French claims to Texas, to Spain.With France no longer a threat to Spain's North American interests, the Spanish monarchy commissioned the Marquis de Rubi to inspect all of the presidios on the northern frontier of New Spain and make recommendations for the future. Rubi recommended that several presidios be closed, but that La Bahia be kept and rebuilt in stone. La Bahia was soon "the only Spanish fortress for the entire Gulf Coast from the mouth of the Rio Grande to the Mississippi River.”The presidio now sat at the heart of several major trade and military routes. It quickly became one of the three most important areas in Texas, alongside Béxar and Nacogdoches. A civil settlement, then known as La Bahia, soon developed near the presidio. By 1804 the settlement had one of only two schools in Texas. In early August 1812, during the Mexican War of Independence, Mexican revolutionary Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara and his recruits, calling themselves the Republican Army of the North, invaded Texas. In November, the invaders captured Presidio La Bahia. For the next four months, Texas governor Manuel María de Salcedo laid siege to the fort. Unable to win a decisive victory, Salcedo lifted the siege on February 19, 1813 and turned towards San Antonio de Bexar.The rebels remained in control of the presidio until July or August 1813, when José Joaquín de Arredondo led royalist troops in retaking all of Texas. A member of the Republican Army of the North, Henry Perry, led forces back to Texas in 1817 and attempted to recapture La Bahia. The presidio was reinforced by soldiers from San Antonio, and Perry and his men were defeated on June 18 near Coleto Creek. The area was again the target of invaders in 1821. After the United States and Spain signed the Adams-Onís Treaty, giving all rights to Texas to Spain, many Americans were angry. On October 4, the 52 members of the Long Expedition captured La Bahia. Four days later, Colonel Ignacio Pérez arrived with troops from Bexar; Long surrendered.By the end of 1821, Mexico had achieved its independence from Spain, and Texas became part of the newly created country.In 1829, the name of the village of La Bahía was changed to Goliad, an anagram of Hidalgo (omitting the silent initial "H"), in honor of the patriot priest Miguel Hidalgo, the father of Mexico's independencia.On October 9, 1835, in the early days of the Texas Revolution, a group of Texians attacked the presidio in the Battle of Goliad. After a thirty-minute skirmish, the Mexican garrison surrendered, leaving the Texians in control of the fort. The first declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas was signed here on December 20, 1835. Texians held the area until March 1836, when the Texian garrison under Colonel James Fannin was defeated at the nearby Battle of Coleto. The Texian survivors were imprisoned at the presidio until Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, when they were executed in the Goliad Massacre.Goliad was also the birthplace of the famous Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza, commander against the French Army under Napoleon.

Climate

 

  
  Jan Feb March April May June
Average high in °F 68 72 78 83 88 93
Average low in °F 43 46 53 59 67 72
Av. precipitation - inch 2.32 2.13 2.01 3.19 4.49 4.96
    July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in °F 96 96 92 86 76 70
Average low in °F 73 73 69 60 52 45
Av. precipitation - inch 2.83 3.5 4.57 4.25 2.2 2.13

   

 

Annual average high temperature 83.1 °F
Annual average low temperature 59.4 °F
Average temperature 71.3 °F
Average annual precipitation 38.6 in.

 

City Demographics 

Males: 970   (47.6%)
Females: 1,067   (52.4%)

 

Median resident age:   38.8 years
Texas median age:   32.3 years

Zip codes: 77963.
Estimated median household income in 2007: $36,548 (it was $26,200 in 2000)

Goliad:   $36,548
Texas:   $47,548


Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $99,171 (it was $54,000 in 2000)

Goliad:   $99,171
Texas:   $120,900


Mean prices in 2007: All housing units: $109,554; Detached houses: $113,459; Townhouses or other attached units: $186,399; In 2-unit structures: $70,432; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $87,641; Mobile homes: $31,986
 Races in Goliad:

  • Hispanic (49.7%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (43.6%)
  • Other race (15.0%)
  • Black (6.1%)
  • Two or more races (2.5%)
  • American Indian (0.9%)
  • Asian Indian (0.5%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
2008 cost of living index in Goliad: 77.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Elevation: 171 feetLand area: 1.53 square miles.

Population density: 1335 people per square mile 

 For population 25 years and over in Goliad

  • High school or higher: 66.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.4%
  • Unemployed: 3.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 22.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Goliad city

  • Never married: 21.6%
  • Now married: 58.3%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 9.7%
  • Divorced: 7.8%

74 residents are foreign born (2.8% Latin America, 0.7% Europe).

This city:   3.7%
Texas:   13.9%

 Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Goliad:   1.3% ($705)
Texas:   1.8% ($1,393)

  Average household size:

This city:   2.5 people
Texas:   2.7 people


Percentage of family households:

This city:   69.2%
Whole state:   71.0%


Percentage of households with unmarried partners:

This city:   5.2%
Whole state:   4.4%

 Residents with income below the poverty level in 2007:

This city:   23.1%
Whole state:   15.4%


Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2007:

This city:   10.5%
Whole state:   6.7%

 Goliad compared to Texas state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

County Demographics

County population in July 2007: 7,154 (all rural)
County owner-occupied houses and condos: 2,122
Renter-occupied apartments: 522

% of renters here:   20%
State:   36%

Land area: 854 sq. mi.
Water area: 5.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 8 people per square mile     (low).


2008 cost of living index in Goliad County: 76.3 Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (19.0%), Construction (12.1%), Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining (11.3%), Retail trade (10.1%).Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 62%
  • Government: 23%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%

Races in Goliad County, Texas:

  • White Non-Hispanic (59.4%)
  • Hispanic (35.2%)
  • Other race (10.0%)
  • Black (4.8%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
  • American Indian (1.0%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)  

Median resident age:   40.2 years
Texas median age:   32.3 years

 

Males: 3,445   (49.7%)
Females: 3,483   (50.3%)


Average wage per job in 2003: $24,214
County population in 2003: 7,150
Jobs in 2003: 1,466

Total labor force in 2004: 3,379
Unemployment rate in 2004: 5.7%

Average household size:

Goliad County:   2.6 people
Texas:   2.7 people


Estimated median household income in 2007: $40,729 ($34,201 in 1999)

This county:   $40,729
Texas:   $47,548


Median contract rent in 2007 for apartments: $295 (lower quartile is $177, upper quartile is $397)

This county:   $295
State:   $589


Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $113,495 (it was $61,800 in 2000)

Goliad County:   $113,495
Texas:   $120,900

Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $47,431 - $151,292

Mean price in 2007:
Detached houses: $182,674

Here:   $182,674
State:   $170,389


Townhouses or other attached units: $137,150

Here:   $137,150
State:   $159,697


In 2-unit structures: $70,432

Here:   $70,432
State:   $140,401


In 3-to-4-unit structures: $87,641

Here:   $87,641
State:   $134,235


Mobile homes: $46,281

Here:   $46,281
State:   $42,156



Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $51,923

Here:   $51,923
State:   $34,447

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,124
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $314

Institutionalized population: 109
 Residents with income below the poverty level in 2007:

This county:   16.4%
Whole state:   15.4%


Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2007:

This county:   6.4%
Whole state:   6.7%

 

 

 

Schools

 

Goliad ISD Administration Phone: 361-645-3259
Fax: 361-645-3614
P.O. Box 830
161 N. Welch
Goliad, TX 77963

 

 

 

Goliad ISD Appraisal/Tax Office
Phone: 361-645-2492
Fax: 361-645-3200
161 N. Welch
Goliad, TX 77963
 

Goliad Elementary School (Pre-K/Headstart – 3rd grade)
Phone: 361-645-3206
P.O. Box 830
142 W. High St.
Goliad, TX 77963
 

Goliad Intermediate School (4th – 6th grade)
Phone: 361-645-3206
P.O. Box 830
142 W. High St.
Goliad, TX 77963

 Goliad Middle School (7th & 8th grade)
Phone: 361-645-3146
P.O. Box 830
659 N. Tiger Dr.
Goliad, TX 77963

Goliad High School                                                                                                                            Phone: 361-645-3257; Fax: 361-645-8039
Athletics Secretary:  361-645-3257x130
Athletics Fax: 361-645-2322
749 N. Tiger Dr.
P.O. Box 830
Goliad, TX 77963

Goliad Special Education Cooperative
Phone:  361-645-8229
Toll Free: 800-750-9911
Fax: 361-645-2589
314 E. Pearl
Goliad, TX 77963
   

Visit www.goliadisd.org for more information and school happenings. 

 

Real Estate Companies

 

Coastal Bend Real Estate                                                                361-645-2111 or
Raulie Irwin                                                                                           361-645-2115
213 East Pearl, PO Box 1033, Goliad, Texas  77963            
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Coldwell-Banker-The Ron Brown Company                                     361-645-4700
Linda Enke Marks
731 North Jefferson, Goliad, Texas  77963
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Goliad Land Company                                                        361-318-6769
Cindy Gayle
349 West Pearl, PO Box 902, Goliad, Texas 77963
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Nobbe Realty                                                                                       361-645-2783
Ramona B. Nobbe
213 Oak Forest Rd., Goliad, Texas 77963
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Re/Max Land & Homes                                                                        361-573-0444
Tina Jacob
1508 Fannin Oaks, Victoria, TX 77905
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Utility Services Available

Gas                                                                                                                                                        Centerpoint Energy – Entex                                                 (361) 578-4584

 

Telephone

AT&T                                                                                        800-288-2020

 

Electricity

www.powertochoose.org                                                        866-797-4839

 

Cable (available in city only)

Reach Broadband                                                                   800-687-1258

 

Water (available in city only)

City Hall                                                                                 (361) 645-3454

 

 

 

 

 

Important Phone Numbers

 

Emergency   (Police, Fire, EMS)                                                         911

Goliad County Sheriff                                                        (361) 645-3451

Goliad County Emergency Medical Services                      (361) 645-8191

City of Goliad (City Hall)                                                     (361) 645-3454

Goliad County Chamber of Commerce                               (361) 645-3563

Goliad County Library                                                       (361) 645- 2291

Goliad County Judge                                                         (361) 645-3337

Goliad County Clerk’s Office                                              (361) 645-3294

Goliad County Attorney                                                      (361) 645-2184

Goliad County Tax Assessor                                               (361) 645-3354

G.I.S.D. /City Tax Assessor                                                 (361) 645-2492

Adopt a Pet  (Victoria)                                                         (361) 575-7387

Birth/Death Certificates                                                       (361) 645-3294

Building Permits (City Hall)                                                  (361) 645-3454

Car Tags, License Plates, & Titles                                       (361) 645-3354

County Landfill                                                                    (361) 645-1421

Fire Department                                                                  (361) 645-3222

Garbage Pickup                                                                   (361) 645-3454

Goliad Animal Clinic                                                             (361) 645-3506

Health Department                                                               (361) 645-2595

Marriage License                                                                  (361) 645-3294

Post Office                                                                            (361) 645-3565

Recycling Center                                                                  (361) 645-2081

TXDOT                                                                                   800-452-9292

Dept. Of Public Safety                                                          (361) 575-2543

Social Security (Victoria)                                                      (361) 575-8254