Introduction to Hitchcock, Texas

Hitchcock, Texas, in Galveston county, is 13 miles W of Galveston, Texas (center to center) and 35 miles SE of Houston, Texas.

Hitchcock History

This region was settled in 1846. Jonas Butler acquired land in the region and settled several years later. He was followed by a group of French settlers. Located on the high banks of a bayou, it was initially called Highland. Later it was renamed Hitchcock in memory of a civic leader Lent M. Hitchcock. The town was officially incorporated in 1960.

Hitchcock and Nearby Attractions

  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Moody Gardens
  • Lone Star Flight Museum
  • Bishop's Palace
  • Galveston Island State Park

Things To Do In Hitchcock

Spread across 2500 acres, the Armand Bayou Nature Center includes hiking trails, bird watching areas and live animal displays. The Moody Gardens is a tourist spot which displays various types of animals and aqua life. Built in the late 19th century, Bishop's Palace is the home of prominent congressman Walter Gresham. Other areas of interest include Lone Star Flight Museum and Galveston Island State Park.

Hitchcock Transportation

Air transportation is available from Ellington Field Airport.

Hitchcock Higher Education

Alvin Community College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, San Jacinto College - South Campus, and Texas A&M University - Galveston are some of the colleges near Hitchcock.


Total Population 7,325
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 2,728
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 49%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,614
% Above Poverty Level 78.1%
% Below Poverty Level 21.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 28.1%
Median Gross Rent $812
Median House Value $89,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.4%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 7.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hitchcock Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles W of Galveston, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles SE of Houston, Texas
County Galveston
Standard Zip Codes 77563
Phone Area Codes 409
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.348
Longitude -95.015

Hitchcock Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALVIN
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 60 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 61 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 94 F
Oct Temp 62 to 82 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Distance 33.6 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 61 F
Apr Temp 60 to 77 F
Jul Temp 76 to 92 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dickinson 19,355 $79,475
Jamaica Beach 1,008 $83,618

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hitchcock Public Libraries

Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library
Hitchcock, Texas
(409) 986-7814

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Hitchcock High Schools

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6625 FM 2004
A Title I School.
Serves 339 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

8117 HWY 6
A Non-traditional School
Serves 3 students.

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