Victoria, the second oldest incorporated city in the state of Texas, is home to a rich and vibrant history dating back before the Texas War for Independence. It was the sight of Spanish exploration and missionary activity and thriving Indian communities, but it wasn't until the early 1800's that Victoria became an official Mexican settlement. In 1824 Don Martin de Leon was given a land grant by the Mexican government which detailed the layout for a town to be built on the eastern bank of the Guadalupe River. The new town was named after the patron saint of Mexico and would be known as Victoria.
Victoria's economy is a mix of education, health, retail, agriculture and industry. Its access to major highways, the Victoria Regional Airport, railway terminals, the shallow draft Port of Victoria, and the deep water port of Port Lavaca-Point Comfort help to sustain a healthy environment for business. Major industries include Formosa Plastic, the Inteplast Group, Dow, Invista and Alcoa. In 2012, Caterpillar built a manufacturing facility in Victoria. the University of Houston at Victoria continues to expand and improve our community