Vanderbilt is located on Farm Road 616 in SE Jackson County. The town started up in 1904, built around the new railroad station of the old Mitchell spread in the George Ewing league. The railway through the town is the location of St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway, and has served as a trade center for local farmers and traders. Many stores were built in Vanderbilt, and once, there was even a hotel installed in the town. As the town expanded, the old mail delivery system was no longer an easy means of carrage, so a Post Office was built in 1907 and kept serving through '88, when a new one was built (zip: 77991). By 1945, Vanderbilt had a population of 300 and about 10 stores and trading posts. In 1962, when the town population reached its all time climax of 900, the town experienced a decline in population, due to relocation and migration. By 1971, the town was back down to 667, where it remained stable until 1990. Then, there were only 5 stores remaining in town, and the population decreased by the hundreds.
There were 146 households out of which 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.2 males.
There is also a Jr. High School of Industrial ISD (228 students. 511 5th ST. Serves grades 6th-8th.) as well as an Elementary School of Industrial ISD (225 students. 511 5th ST. Grades Kindergarten-5th.).
The closest colleges to Vanderbilt are Victoria College [Victoria, TX] (27 mi; 2,511 students), Wharton County Jr. College [Wharton, TX] (50 mi; 3,124 students), and Coastal Bend College [Beeville, TX] (83 mi; 2,150 students).
The closest Major University is Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi [Corpus Christi, TX] (92 mi; 5,282 students)