Introduction to Huntsville, Texas

Incorporated in 1845, the city of Huntsville, Texas is noteworthy for being the former home of Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas and later governor of the state. Huntsville is located in Walker County, about 70 miles north of the city of Houston. It is served by several major highways, including Interstates 45 and 75, U.S. Highway 190, and Texas State Highways 19 and 30.

Founded as an Indian trading post by Pleasant and Ephraim Gray in 1836, the city of Huntsville was named for Huntsville, Alabama, the previous home of the Gray family. One of Texas' oldest cities, Huntsville is home to the headquarters of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division (as such, it houses the execution chamber of the state of Texas), and also home to Sam Houston State University. Located in the city today are Sam Houston's grave, two of his former homes, a museum, and a 66-foot statue of the former governor, which also happens to be the world's largest statue of an American hero.

Attractions in the Huntsville Area

Huntsville and its surrounding region are home to several local attractions, including the following:

  • Sam Houston Statue: Visible for six miles, the statue is located adjacent to a visitor center.
  • Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex: Site of the General Sam Houston Folk Festival held every April.
  • Blue Lagoon: A prime scuba diving site.
  • Gibbs-Powell House Museum: An elegantly furnished Greek Revival home.
  • Huntsville State Park: Over 2,000 acres of greenery located in Sam Houston National Forest.
  • Oakwood Cemetery: Burial site of Sam Houston and other Texas personalities.
  • Texas Berry Farm
  • The Texas Prison Museum
  • Downtown Courthouse Square
  • Huntsville Community Theatre
  • Walker County Fairgrounds

The city of Houston, not much more than an hour's drive away, is home to several professional sports teams, including the following:

  • Major League Baseball: Houston Astros
  • National Football League: Houston Texans
  • National Basketball Association: Houston Rockets
  • Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA): Houston Comets
  • American Hockey League: Houston Aeros (affiliate of NHL's Minnesota Wild)
  • Major League Soccer (MLS): Houston Dynamo

Houston is also the locale of the Wranglers, a team in the World Team Tennis league.


Total Population 39,764
Male Share of the Population 60.7%
Female Share of the Population 39.3%
Senior Citizens 7.3%
Employed Population 16+ 11,051
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 29.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.6%
Median Earnings25+ $27,845
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,904
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,522


Median Family Income $43,893
% Above Poverty Level 62.7%
% Below Poverty Level 37.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $775
Median House Value $134,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.1%
US/American 0%
English 10%
Irish 8.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Huntsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles N of The Woodlands, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles N of Houston, Texas
County Walker
Standard Zip Codes 77320, 77340
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77341, 77342
Company Zip Codes 77343, 77344, 77348, 77349
Phone Area Codes 936
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.723
Longitude -95.55

Huntsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 56 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 48.5 inches
Distance 26.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 71 to 96 F
Oct Temp 55 to 82 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Station CONROE
Distance 27.3 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Huntsville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Crabbs Prairie (77340)

Phelps (77340)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Huntsville Public Libraries

Huntsville Public Library
1216 14TH ST
Huntsville, Texas
(936) 291-5470
Library Web Site

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Huntsville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(936) 291-3411
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,899 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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Serves 35 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

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