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.


Total Population 19,355
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 9,409
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23%
Median Earnings25+ $39,114
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,904


Median Family Income $79,475
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $766
Median House Value $134,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.5%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 8.4%

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

Dickinson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles SE of Pasadena, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles SE of Houston, Texas
County Galveston
Standard Zip Codes 77539
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.46
Longitude -95.051

Dickinson Climate

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

Station ALVIN
Distance 12.8 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 19.2 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 32.1 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 63 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clear Lake Shores 1,235 $107,596
El Lago 2,754 $135,655

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

Dickinson Public Libraries

Mares Memorial Library
4324 HIGHWAY 3
Dickinson, Texas
(281) 534-3812

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Dickinson High Schools

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Serves 1,582 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

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Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.3

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Serves 5 students.

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Serves 3 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.5

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