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Overview

Introduction to Dickinson, Texas

Dickinson, Texas, in Galveston county, is about 23 miles NW of Galveston, Texas (center to center) and 28 miles SE of Houston, Texas. The city is considered part of the Galveston - Texas City metropolitan area.

Dickinson History

In 1824, John Dickinson received a land grant from the Mexican government. A community was established around 1850, and named "Dickinson" in his honor. A decade later, a railroad stop for the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad was established in the city. The Dickinson Land and Improvement Association was organized in the 1890s by several businessmen to market the unoccupied areas of Dickinson. In the late 19th and early 20th century, fruit production was a major industry in Dickinson. Gradually, gambling became an important part of the economy as well. Following the development of the oil industry, the city experienced significant industrialization and growth. Dickinson was officially incorporated in 1977.

Dickinson and Nearby Attractions

  • Texas Seaport Museum
  • Bishop's Palace
  • Lone Star Flight Museum
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Galveston Island State Park
  • Houston Zoo

Things To Do In Dickinson

Dickinson offers easy access to several museums. San Jacinto Monument and Museum marks where the Battle of San Jacinto occurred, while Lone Star Flight Museum houses artifacts reflecting the history of aviation. Bishop's Palace, a historic site built in the late 1800s, was the home of Confederate colonel and congressman, Walter Gresham. The Armand Bayou Nature Center displays live animals, and also offers opportunities for bird watching. Among the other popular attractions close to Dickinson are the Houston Zoo, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Moody Gardens, and AstroWorld amusement park.

Dickinson Transportation

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is close by.

Dickinson Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Texas A&M University - Galveston, and Alvin Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,583
Male Share of the Population51.1%
Female Share of the Population48.9%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+9,362
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married55.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.2%
Median Earnings25+$43,870
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,057
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,338

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,086
% Above Poverty Level88.5%
% Below Poverty Level11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone21.2%
Median Gross Rent$754
Median House Value$139,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)47.3%
German15.5%
Irish10.1%
English8.5%
Italian3.9%
French Except Basque3.1%
Scottish2.1%
Norwegian1.1%
Swedish1.1%
Austrian1%
Dutch0.8%
West Indian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Polish0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Danishn0.3%
African0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Greek0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Dickinson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Galveston County
Standard Zip Codes77539
Phone Area Codes281,832
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.45
Approximate Longitude-95.06

Dickinson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationALVIN
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp60 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp60 to 81 F
Annual Precip51.7 inches
StationHOUSTON HOBBY AP
Distance19.2 miles
Jan Temp45 to 63 F
Apr Temp61 to 79 F
Jul Temp75 to 94 F
Oct Temp62 to 82 F
Annual Precip53.9 inches
StationHOUSTON SAN JACINTO DAM
Distance32.1 miles
Jan Temp40 to 63 F
Apr Temp57 to 79 F
Jul Temp72 to 94 F
Oct Temp58 to 81 F
Annual Precip53.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clear Lake Shores1,458$110,526
El Lago2,778$124,688
Kemah2,098$83,984
League City94,976$110,237
Nassau Bay4,091$94,063
Santa Fe12,839$82,386

Dickinson Public Libraries

Dickinson Public Library
4411 HWY 3
Dickinson, Texas
(281) 534-3812

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Dickinson Public Schools

Bay Colony El
101 Bay Colony Elementary Dr
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 887
Calder Road El
6511 Calder Rd
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-7500
Primary
Total Enrollment 851
Dickinson Continuation Center
2805 Oak Park
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6350
High
Total Enrollment 62
Dickinson H S
3800 Baker Dr
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6400
High
Total Enrollment 2654
Dunbar Middle
2901 23rd St
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 800
Galveston Co Detention Ctr
6101 Attwater
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6320
High
Total Enrollment 23
Galveston Co J J A E P
6101 Attwater
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6320
Middle
Total Enrollment 2
Galveston Co Jjaep
6101 Attwater
ZIP: 77539
(409) 770-5920
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Hughes Road El
11901 Hughes Rd
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 717
Jake Silbernagel El
4201 25th St
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 754
John And Shamarion Barber Middle
5651 Fm 517 E
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6900
Middle
Total Enrollment 734
R D Mcadams J H
11415 Hughes Rd
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-7100
Other
Total Enrollment 1418
San Leon El
2655 Broadway St
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 829
Transforming Lives Cooperative (tlc)
6101 Attwater
ZIP: 77539
(281) 229-6320
High
Total Enrollment 10

Dickinson Private Schools

True Cross Catholic School
400 Fm 517 Rd E
ZIP: 77539
Elementary
Total Enrollment 140
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