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A Guide to Living in Baytown

Baytown, located within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area, is the fourth-largest city in the metro area and spans over parts of both Harris and Chambers County in the Gulf Coast region of Texas at the mouth of the San Jacinto River.

Major Attractions

The Baytown Little Theater, a community theater run solely through the efforts of area volunteers, has been in operation for fifty years and is one of the longest continuously running community theater programs in the state. In addition to the six productions mounted by Baytown Little Theater, visitors and residents of Baytown can also enjoy the 450-acre Baytown Nature Center, the Houston Raceway Park and the Baytown Symphony Orchestra at Lee College.


Baytown’s economy is centered largely around the three industrial districts outside of the city limits but within Baytown’s extra-territorial jurisdiction, which are dedicated primarily to petroleum and petrochemical processing.

The ExxonMobil Baytown Complex, which is one of the largest industrial complexes in the world, was founded in 1919 and is one of the largest employers in the area. The Baytown Refinery inside the Baytown complex is actually the largest in the United States, and houses a host of workers from Baytown and surrounding areas.

The Bayer Baytown Industrial Park, home of Bayer’s largest American chemical processing site, also produces a large number of petrochemical products.

The Cedar Bayou Chemical Plant, owned by Chevron Phillips, is also the largest manufacturing site in the company’s roster of plants. With more than $7 billion in assets and 4,600 employees around the world, the Texas-based Chevron Phillips is a major employer on a global scale.

Churches and Places of Worship

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, at 712 Schilling Avenue in Baytown, is a liturgical Lutheran Church that’s part of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Ministries and outreach programs include Worship and Music, blood drives, Women of the ELCA, Cub Scouts, St. Paul’s Lutheran After School Program, Clown Ministry, Stewardship, Education and Youth, Relay for Life Cancer Walk, Bible Study, Men’s Ministry, Global Mission, Inreach/Outreach and Golden Group Ministry for senior citizens.

First Baptist Church Baytown offers an impressive number of programs for visitors and members alike, with an emphasis on kids and youth group outreach. Study groups and ministries for attendees from birth to senior citizens are held at FBC Baytown, including a separate class for kids with special needs.

St. Joseph Parish, located at 1907 Carolina Street in Baytown, holds traditional services and maintains confessional hours on Saturdays between 3 PM and 4 PM, as well as 6 PM to 7 PM. St Joseph is a Parish of the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston, and also sponsors an eponymous private Catholic academy.

Trinity Episcopal Church offers two services on Sunday, one of which is a traditional Eucharist service, the other a contemporary music service. Children’s Chapel, youth ministries and community outreach programs are all part of the Trinity Episcopal Church culture.


Baytown is served by the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, which is based in the city and is comprised of three high schools, five junior high schools and fourteen grade schools. The district also manages a career center and two alternative education centers. Baytown is also home to a host of private schools.

Saint Joseph Catholic School, an offshoot of Saint Joseph Church, is a private Catholic school located at 1811 Carolina in Baytown. Accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department with recognition and approval by the Texas Education Agency, Saint Joseph is an inclusive program for kids from kindergarten throughout grade eight.

San Jacinto Christian Academy, a private Baptist-affiliated coed school for preschool through twelfth grade, is located at 301 Ilfrey Avenue in Baytown. Extracurricular activities sponsored by the school include band, academic contests and basketball teams.

Baytown Christian Academy is a member of the Association of classical and Christian Schools, the Texas Christian Athletic League and is accredited by the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools. Located at 5555 North Main Street in Baytown, this coed school also boasts a strong athletic program.

Standardized Test Scores

Schools in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District consistently scored on a par with or very slightly below state averages on the 2011 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Students between grades five and eight scored above the state average, significantly in most cases.

Childcare Options

From sprawling daycare centers of either faith-based or non-sectarian affiliation to early education and small home-based daycare centers, there are a staggering array of childcare options available to Baytown area parents. We understand that sifting through dozens of applicants, reading stacks of resumes and undertaking the task of running a background check on a private, in-home childcare provider can be overwhelming to busy parents, which is why we’re happy to offer our services to families in Baytown. All of our nannies are screened carefully for criminal convictions, moving violations and driving related offenses, as well as checked against the National Sex Offender Registry. Our vetting and matching process ensures that you’ll always have the most qualified, safest candidate at your disposal, with no need to conduct a series of interviews or manage the sticky task of background checks on your own.


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