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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,474
Male Share of the Population52.6%
Female Share of the Population47.4%
Senior Citizens7.9%
Employed Population 16+7,085
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married49.3%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6%
Median Earnings25+$24,632
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,319
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,258

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,462
% Above Poverty Level76.3%
% Below Poverty Level23.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone15.6%
Median Gross Rent$752
Median House Value$83,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)86.8%
English2.1%
Irish1.4%
German1.3%
Italian0.6%
French Except Basque0.5%
African0.3%
Czech0.3%
Dutch0.2%
Arab0.1%
Russian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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South Houston Almanac

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

South Houston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHOUSTON HOBBY AP
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
StationALVIN
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
StationSUGAR LAND
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 Village1,706$74,712
Deer Park33,517$88,084
Galena Park11,119$45,439
Jacinto City10,753$35,340
Pasadena153,286$53,145
Pearland106,238$107,468

South Houston Public Schools

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