Orange, Texas

By | May 7, 2023

According to, Orange, Texas is situated in the southeast corner of Texas, on the border of Louisiana and just off the Gulf Coast. It has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The city’s history dates back to 1836 when it was founded by settlers from the United States and France. It was originally called Madison, but its name was changed to Orange in 1858.

Politically, Orange is a part of Orange County and is represented in the Texas State Senate by Senator Charles Schwertner. The city has a strong economy based on various industries such as oil refining and chemical production. The economy is further bolstered by tourism, with attractions such as Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center drawing visitors from all over the world.

Education is an important part of life in Orange, with four elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, one college preparatory school, one private school, and two universities located within its boundaries. Lamar State College-Orange is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees in areas such as business administration, nursing sciences and engineering technology. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston also has an academic campus located nearby in Orange County.

Orange is home to several landmarks that are worth visiting for their historical significance or natural beauty. The Stark Museum of Art houses an impressive collection of nineteenth-century artworks while Shangri La Botanical Gardens are perfect for nature lovers looking to explore native plants and wildlife species native to Southeast Texas. Other notable landmarks include Heritage House Museum & Park which pays tribute to local history through exhibits on early settlers’ lifestyles; Shangri La Wildlife Refuge which offers outdoor activities like fishing; and Old Town Historic District which features restored buildings from the 19th century including churches built by early settlers from France who had settled in this area back then.

Population: 18,643. Estimated population in July 2020: 18,052 (-3.2% change)
Males: 8,952 (48.0%), Females: 9,691 (52.0%)

Orange County

Zip codes: 77630, 77632.

Median resident age: 36.1 years
Median household income: $29,519
Median house value: $53,300

Races in Orange:

  • White Non-Hispanic (58.5%)
  • Black (35.4%)
  • Hispanic (3.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • Other race (1.1%)
  • American Indian (0.9%)
  • Vietnamese (0.6%)

Ancestries: United States (9.3%), Irish (6.9%), German (6.3%), English (6.0%), French (5.4%), French Canadian (3.3%).

Land area: 20.1 square miles

Orange, Texas


Orange, Texas is a small city located in the southeastern corner of the state. According to the 2019 U.S. Census, there are 18,659 people living in Orange with a median age of 34.7 years old. The racial makeup of the city is 64.7% White, 25.1% African American, 0.9% Native American, 4.2% Asian, and 2% from other races or two or more races combined. Hispanics or Latinos of any race make up 28% of the population in Orange. The most common ancestries reported by residents are English (25%), French (10%), Irish (7%), German (6%) and African American (5%).

The majority of residents in Orange are employed in service occupations such as food service workers, health care workers and salespeople as well as production-related occupations such as fabricators and machine operators which account for 14% of jobs held by residents in Orange. The median household income is $45,902 with 10% living below the poverty line while 8% have incomes over $100,000 per year according to U.S Census estimates from 2019-2021. Education attainment is high among residents with 92% having at least a high school diploma or higher and 37% having a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to the national average for adults 25 and older which is 86%.

For population 25 years and over in Orange

  • High school or higher: 78.1%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 15.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.7%
  • Unemployed: 10.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Orange city

  • Never married: 23.2%
  • Now married: 50.0%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 9.0%
  • Divorced: 15.4%

2.2% Foreign born (0.9% Asia, 0.6% Latin America, 0.5% Europe, 0.2% North America).

Population change in the 1990s: -1,941 (-9.4%).


Hospital/medical center in Orange:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Orange:

  • DOCTORS HOSPITAL (about 16 miles; GROVES, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Orange:

  • LAKE CHARLES REGIONAL (about 38 miles; LAKE CHARLES, LA; Abbreviation: LCH)
  • CHENNAULT INTL (about 44 miles; LAKE CHARLES, LA; Abbreviation: CWF)

Other public-use airports nearest to Orange:

  • ORANGE COUNTY (about 5 miles; ORANGE, TX; Abbreviation: ORG)
  • SOUTHLAND FIELD (about 28 miles; SULPHUR, LA; Abbreviation: L75)
  • DE QUINCY INDUSTRIAL AIRPARK (about 31 miles; DE QUINCY, LA; Abbreviation: 5R8)

Colleges and Universities

College/University in Orange:

  • LAMAR STATE COLLEGE-ORANGE (Full-time enrollment: 1,206; Location: 410 FRONT ST; Public; Website: WWW.ORANGE.LAMAR.EDU)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Orange:

  • LAMAR UNIVERSITY-BEAUMONT (about 26 miles; BEAUMONT, TX; Full-time enrollment: 8,888)
  • MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 32 miles; LAKE CHARLES, LA; Full-time enrollment: 6,460)
  • LEE COLLEGE (about 86 miles; BAYTOWN, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,099)
  • SAN JACINTO COLLEGE-NORTH CAMPUS (about 100 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,819)
  • UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-CLEAR LAKE (about 101 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,735)
  • SAN JACINTO COLLEGE-CENTRAL CAMPUS (about 101 miles; PASADENA, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,102)
  • SAN JACINTO COLLEGE-SOUTH CAMPUS (about 108 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,513)


Public high schools in Orange:

  • LIT CYPR-MRCEVILLE H S (Students: 1,153; Location: 7327 N HWY 87; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • WEST ORANGE-STARK H S (Students: 883; Location: 505 N 15TH ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • CAREER CTR (Location: 505 N 15TH ST; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high school in Orange:

  • COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 369; Location: 3400 M.L. KING DR.; Grades: PK – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Orange:

  • WEST ORANGE-STARK MIDDLE (Students: 708; Location: 505 N 15TH ST; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • MAURICEVILLE EL (Students: 704; Location: 20040 F M 1130; Grades: PK – 05)
  • LITTLE CYPRESS EL (Students: 637; Location: 5723 MEEKS DR; Grades: PK – 03)
  • LITTLE CYPRESS J H (Students: 512; Location: 6765 F M 1130; Grades: 04 – 08)
  • OATES EL (Students: 506; Location: 505 N 15TH ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • BANCROFT EL (Students: 448; Location: 505 N 15TH ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • ANDERSON EL (Students: 395; Location: 505 N 15TH ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • MAURICEVILLE MIDDLE (Students: 367; Location: 19952 F M 1130; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • LITTLE CYPRESS INT (Students: 326; Location: 2300 ALLIE PAYNE; Grades: 01 – 05)
  • M B NORTH E C LRN CTR (Students: 282; Location: 505 N 15TH ST; Grades: PK – PK)

Private primary/middle school in Orange:

  • ST MARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 317; Location: 2600 BOB HALL ROAD; Grades: PK – 8)


Library in Orange:

  • ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $472,215; Location: 220 N 5TH ST; 67,754 books; 1,887 audio materials; 1,471 video materials; 190 serial subscriptions)