About Bee County
The county was founded December 8th, 1857 and is named after Barnard E. Bee, Sr., a Secretary Of State of the Republic of Texas. Beeville has evolved into a regional retail, hotel and restaurant hub for surrounding communities, and economic activity in our community is expanding with our close proximity to the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas fields along with our position as a transportation hub with the intersection of I-59 and State Hwy 181 in our county with the close proximity to I-37, the connector between San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Bee County is made up of the City of Beeville, as well as the unincorporated communities of Mineral, Pettus and Skidmore. The median age is 36.8. The towns of Goliad, Sinton, George West, Three Rivers, Kenedy and Karnes City are all within a 40 mile radius, a population of over 118,000. Additionally, we are only 55 minutes from the City of Corpus Christi (population over 324,000) and 90 minutes from the San Antonio metropolitan area.
- Median Household Income - $43,619
- Growth Rate of 1.78%
- # of Households within a 15 Minute Drive Time - 7,981
Travel and Tourism is a growing industry for the county with emphasis on Nature Tourism including Birding, Wildlife Photography and Hunting. Culture and heritage are highlighted with the Barnhart Beeville Art Museum, the McClanahan House, the Berclair Mansion and several major festivals and events throughout the year. Our hotel inventory has grown and our little league/softball fields have been improved for tournaments and are complemented by the Championship field at our Coastal Bend College.
Beeville was named a Texas Main Street City in 2005 and a National Main Street City in 2006 and 2007. The Bee County Chamber is engaged in capitalizing on, and helping to grow, all of these activities. The Chamber's mission is "to promote and advocate for the business community of the Bee County Region, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for our citizens through economic, educational, arts and tourism development".
You are invited to join with our energetic membership, Board of Directors and Staff to participate in leading the efforts to achieve our mission. Contact us for membership information, and for assistance in relocating, starting or growing a business, site selection or visiting our area.
*Statistical information provided by the US Census Bureau & Retail Strategies.