Get to know Victoria, TX

The city of Victoria is the regional hub for the area in Texas known as the Golden Crescent.  It is known as The Crossroads because it is within two hours of Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.  It was named Guadalupe Victoria for the first president of the republic of Mexico.  It was founded in 1824 by Martin De Leon and began as a stock-raising center.  It was primarily a Mexican settlement, but it contributed to Texas’ fight against Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.  Following the Texas victory at San Jacinto, the Mexican residents were ostracized and Anglo settlers resettled the area, naming it simply Victoria.  The city was incorporated into the Republic of Texas in 1839.  It grew rapidly as a trade center and port of entry for goods and immigrants alike.  Ranching became a major industry and set the stage for the city’s early success in meat packing and the cattle industry.  Victoria enjoyed a post World War II boom as the population expanded and prosperity increased.  Some of the notable spots in the city include DeLeon Plaza and Bandstand and Fossati’s Delicatessen, which is still owned and operated by the same family 125 years after its opening.  Education, health, retail, agriculture, and industry help make up the city’s economy.  Some of the top employers include Formosa Plastics Corp., Inteplast Group, and Invista.

Quick Facts

Population: 64,275

Median Household Income: $46,745

Median Property Value: $114,800

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