Introduction to South Houston, Texas

South Houston, Texas, in Harris county, is 2 miles SW of Pasadena, Texas (center to center) and 10 miles SE of Houston, Texas. The city is in the Houston metropolitan area.

South Houston History

C.S. Woods, an employee of the Western Land Company, founded a community in this region in 1907, which was then known as "Dumont." In 1910, a post office was established and in 1913, the town was incorporated as "South Houston." Initially, local farmers earned their livelihood by shipping fruits and vegetables along the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad. However, most of the industries in South Houston were destroyed by a hurricane in 1915. Establishment of the Houston Ship Channel helped spur the growth and development of the community, and soon heavy industries flourished in the city.

South Houston and Nearby Attractions

  • Battleship Texas State Historical Site
  • 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • Contemporary Arts Museum
  • Sheldon Lake State Park
  • Houston Zoo
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center

Things To Do In South Houston

South Houston is proximate to a number of museums including the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston Fire Museum, Museum of Printing History, Space Center Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, and Houston Museum of Natural Science. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site marks the place where the Texans won a decisive victory in their battle for independence from Mexico. Battleship Texas State Historical Site, close to the San Jacinto Monument, is the resting place of the former battleship which was used during World Wars I and II, and fired on Nazi defenses in 1944. Armand Bayou Nature Center features live animal displays, and also offers opportunities for hiking, and bird watching. Various other recreational activities can be enjoyed at the Hermann Park, and Sheldon Lake State Park. Other nearby attractions are the Houston Zoo, AstroWorld, Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.

South Houston Transportation

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the nearest major airport.

South Houston Higher Education

San Jacinto College-South Campus, University of Houston-University Park, and Texas Southern University are close to South Houston.


Total Population 17,430
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 7.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,891
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 51.5%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $44,733
% Above Poverty Level 75.3%
% Below Poverty Level 24.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 15.6%
Median Gross Rent $743
Median House Value $82,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.9%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 2%

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

South Houston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SW of Pasadena, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles SE of Houston, Texas
County Harris
Standard Zip Codes 77587
Phone Area Codes 713
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.662
Longitude -95.235

South Houston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3 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
Station ALVIN
Distance 20.5 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 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookside Village 1,532 $81,442
Deer Park 33,313 $82,248
Galena Park 11,126 $43,676
Jacinto City 10,751 $32,218

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

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