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 Population40,129
Male Share of the Population59.9%
Female Share of the Population40.1%
Senior Citizens7.3%
Employed Population 16+12,017
Age of the Population29


% of people married29.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.3%
Median Earnings25+$29,244
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,350
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,014


Median Family Income$43,930
% Above Poverty Level63.4%
% Below Poverty Level36.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%


People Living Alone33.1%
Median Gross Rent$781
Median House Value$137,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52.8%

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

Huntsville Almanac

Nearest Medium City 39 miles N of The Woodlands, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City67 miles N of Houston, Texas
Standard Zip Codes77320, 77340
P.O. Box Zip Codes77341, 77342
Company Zip Codes77343, 77344, 77348, 77349
Phone Area Codes936
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Huntsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp56 to 78 F
Jul Temp73 to 94 F
Oct Temp58 to 79 F
Annual Precip48.5 inches
Distance26.8 miles
Jan Temp36 to 60 F
Apr Temp54 to 79 F
Jul Temp71 to 96 F
Oct Temp55 to 82 F
Annual Precip44 inches
Distance27.3 miles
Jan Temp40 to 61 F
Apr Temp57 to 78 F
Jul Temp73 to 94 F
Oct Temp58 to 81 F
Annual Precip49.3 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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

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

Huntsville Public Libraries

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

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(936) 291-3411
Emergency Service: Yes

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Huntsville High Schools

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441 FM 2821 E
Serves 1,899 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

441 FM 2821
A Non-traditional School
Serves 35 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

441 FM 2821 E
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

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