Introduction to Wharton, Texas

Wharton, Texas, in Wharton county, is 35 miles SW of Sugar Land, Texas (center to center) and 54 miles SW of Houston, Texas.

Wharton History

Wharton was originally a part of the Caney Run mail route, which was founded in 1838, by the Republic of Texas. It was named in honor of two brothers, John and William Wharton, who led the struggle for Texas independence. The first post office was formed in 1847, and the city was incorporated in 1902.

Wharton and Nearby Attractions

  • Riverfront Park
  • Wharton County Historical Museum
  • Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
  • Stephen F. Austin State Park
  • Wharton County Courthouse

Things To Do In Wharton

Wharton County Museum is a popular tourist attraction located in the city. The museum has many artifacts depicting the rich culture and history of the area. El Campo Museum of Natural History may also be visited. Stephen F. Austin State Park and Riverfront Park are popular parks which offer recreational opportunities. The Plaza Theater at the downtown square of Wharton is a popular entertainment arena.

Wharton Transportation

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is located near the city.

Wharton Higher Education

Wharton County Junior College has a campus in the Wharton. Houston Baptist University and Brazosport College are among the other universities and colleges located near the city.


Total Population 8,733
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,490
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 38.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $40,656
% Above Poverty Level 74.1%
% Below Poverty Level 25.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 37.3%
Median Gross Rent $654
Median House Value $73,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.7%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 8.7%

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

Wharton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles SW of Sugar Land, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 54 miles SW of Houston, Texas
County Wharton
Standard Zip Codes 77488
Phone Area Codes 979
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.311
Longitude -96.102

Wharton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PIERCE 1 E
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 80 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Station DANEVANG 1 W
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Distance 30.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Burr (77488)

Crescent (77488)

Dinsmore (77488)

Mackay (77488)

Magnet (77488)

Spanish Camp (77488)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beasley 572 $50,078
El Campo 11,545 $51,012
Fairchilds 817 $78,750

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

Wharton Public Libraries

Wharton County Library
Wharton, Texas
(979) 532-8080
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Wharton Hospitals

1400 U S 59 N BYPASS
(979) 532-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 687 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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Serves 391 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

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