Beaumont, Texas, offers entertainment, access to the Houston job market and affordable home prices

By Housing Nonprofit

This regional hub in southeastern Texas helps first-time homebuyers with up to $14,999 in direct assistance.

Located on the Texas/Louisiana border near the Gulf of Mexico, the port city of Beaumont offers live music, theaters and museums all right at your doorstep. A drive west gets you to Houston. Head east to explore the cajun culture of Louisiana. Venture south and you’ll find world-class fishing. The city’s small size helps new arrivals quickly feel at home, and the low cost of living will help you save money. It’s also a historically significant region with remarkable biodiversity.

With a year-round tropical climate, Beaumont offers a wide range of outdoor activities and sports. Toss a frisbee at one of the city’s free public disc golf courses. Or swing a club at the 18-hole Henry Homberg Golf Course. You’ll also find an archery range and courts for basketball, volleyball, Pickleball and tennis, and fields for soccer and baseball. There’s even a skate park for skateboarding and rollerblading. Birders will love the region, due to its location on the Central and Mississippi flyways. Twentyeight birding and nature trails are located within a 40-mile radius.

Families will enjoy Colorado Canyon, a mini golf course, the Beaumont Children’s Museum, and Gator Country Adventure Park, a hands-on alligator and crocodile sanctuary with daily feeding shows. You’ll also find river tours, and numerous public art and murals. For a quick tour of Beaumont, give the city’s scavenger hunt a try, which takes you to the best landmark’s and hidden gems like the Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and Jefferson Theatre.

After your adventures, enjoy an open air, farm to table meal at Amelia Farm & Market, or the specialty hamburger and fries pizza at Crown Pizza. Foodies will delight in Texas beef and coastal seafood. And music lovers will adore Beaumont’s eclectic music scene, which includes Zydeco, Country, Pop and Rock.

Oil and gas, transportation, defense and education sectors are the area’s major industries. Exxon Mobil, Chemtrade, Arkema Inc, and BASF Beaumont are among the companies in Beaumont with high value projects planned for the next 10 years. Close to Port Arthur and Port Orange, Beaumont is seated within a major industrial area, and according to, the city boasts one of the world’s largest military seaports.

The city has a population of 114,680 people. As of October 2022, the median home price in Beaumont was $195,000, less than half of the national median price of $425,000. The median household income in 2020 was $48,168. The overall cost of living in Beaumont is 10% below the national average.

Beaumont offers up to $14,999 in direct assistance to low-income first-time home buyers for existing homes priced at or below $120,000. The assistance is provided in the form of a forgivable, deferred payment loan, forgiven at a rate of 20% per year.