- Vidor, Texas
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Vidor is a city in western Orange County,
Texas, United States. A city of Southeast Texas, it lies at the intersection of Interstate 10and Farm Market Road 105, six miles east of Beaumont. The town is mainly a bedroom communityfor the nearby refining complexes in Beaumont and Port Arthur and is part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 11,440 at the 2000 census.
The area was heavily logged after the construction of the
Texarkana and Fort Smith Railwaythat was later part of a line that ran from Kansas City to Port Arthur, Texas. The city was named after lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor, owner of the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company and grandfather of director King Vidor. By 1909 the Vidor community had a post office and four years later a company tram road was built. Almost all Vidor residents worked for the company. In 1924 the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company moved to Lakeview, just north of Vidor, in search of virgin timber. A small settlement remained and the Miller-Vidor subdivision was laid out in 1929.
Vidor is located at coor dms|30|7|53|N|93|59|47|W|city (30.131492, -93.996292)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.6 square miles (27.4 km²), of which, 10.6 square miles (27.4 km²) of it is land and 0.09% is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,440 people, 4,222 households, and 3,158 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,083.6 people per square mile (418.3/km²). There were 4,652 housing units at an average density of 440.6/sq mi (170.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.33% White, 0.07% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.49% of the population.
There were 4,222 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,982, and the median income for a family was $37,572. Males had a median income of $35,781 versus $21,054 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $15,381. About 10.7% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Vidor is served by the
Vidor Independent School District, which is the largest school district in the county.
*David Harris, Cop-killer featured in documentary "
The Thin Blue Line", executed June 30, 2004 6:48 p.m. by Lethal Injection in Texas for another murder
*David Ozio, professional bowler
*David Adam Moore,
George Jones, Country musician
Tracy Byrd, Country musician (1985 Vidor High graduate)
Clay Walker, Country musician (1987 Vidor High graduate)
African-Americans comprising one-fourth of the population of the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area, as of the 2000 Census, Vidor had only eight African-American residents. Vidor was considered a sundown townin the 1950s, and even through the 1970's, though improvements have been made since those decades.Keith Oppenheim, http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/12/08/oppenheim.sundown.town/index.html Texas city haunted by 'no blacks after dark' past] , "CNN.com", 12 December 2006. Accessed online 12 December 2006.] Vidor was the subject of many national news stories throughout the 1990s during the attempts of the Department of Housing and Urban Developmentto desegregate the local housing project. The federal government had found the state of Texas to have 32 counties with segregated housing projects and had issued an order to be begin desegregating them. Vidor was chosen to be one of the first to be desegregated, despite the very low black population in the city.
* [http://www.treetexas.com/sawmilldb/display.asp?alpha=OR&num=26 Miller-Vidor Logging Camp]
* [http://www.vidor.k12.tx.us/ Vidor Independent School District]
* [http://www.vidorchamber.com/ Vidor Chamber of Commerce]
*Handbook of Texas|id=VV/hev2|name=Vidor, Texas
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