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 Population17,627
Male Share of the Population53.5%
Female Share of the Population46.5%
Senior Citizens8.8%
Employed Population 16+6,896
Age of the Population29


% of people married48.5%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6.4%
Median Earnings25+$28,008
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,062
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,801


Median Family Income$49,587
% Above Poverty Level79.7%
% Below Poverty Level20.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%


People Living Alone17.9%
Median Gross Rent$830
Median House Value$92,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)87%
French Except Basque0.7%
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South Houston Almanac

CountyHarris County
Standard Zip Codes77587
Phone Area Codes713
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.66
Approximate Longitude-95.22

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)

Distance3 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
Distance20.5 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
Distance24.1 miles
Jan Temp42 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 79 F
Jul Temp74 to 94 F
Oct Temp60 to 82 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brookside Village1,814$78,947
Deer Park33,935$90,746
Galena Park11,075$47,222
Jacinto City10,747$41,325

South Houston Public Schools

Matthys El
1500 Main St
ZIP: 77587
(713) 740-0632
Total Enrollment 748
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