Introduction to Texas City, Texas

Texas City, Texas, in Galveston county, is 8 miles NW of Galveston, Texas (center to center) and 38 miles SE of Houston, Texas. The city is conveniently located inside the Galveston - Texas City metropolitan area.

Texas City History

Three brothers, Jacob, Benjamin, and Henry Meyers, from Duluth, Minnesota, were the pioneers credited for the establishment of the Texas City Improvement Company. They were on a duck-hunting trip in the marshlands in 1891 when they decided that the area, near a community called Shoal Point, had great potential to be a major port. The three brothers were joined by other Duluth shippers and together they bought 10,000 acres from the Galveston Bay frontage. The land included Shoal Point. They named the area Texas City. The Texas City Improvement Company filed a townsite plat in May, 1893, and a post office was set up in the area.

Texas City and nearby Attractions

  • Cedar Hill State Park
  • Elm Fork Nature Trail
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
  • Dallas Aquarium
  • Shawnee Trail

Things To Do In Texas City

Texas City offers numerous and varied opportunities for entertainment and recreation. The 1826-acre Cedar Hill State Park has picnic and camping areas, trails, and facilities for boating. It is also home to Penn Farm Agricultural History Center. The Bayou Golf Club occupies an area of 200 acres on the bank of Moses. It boasts of a championship layout accompanied by elevated greens and tee boxes. There are high standard parks, museums, zoo, aquarium, and other recreational facilities in and around the city.

Texas City Transportation

Dallas/ Fort Worth International is the nearest major airport.

Texas City Higher Education

College of the Mainland is the local institution for higher education. University of Houston, Alvin Community College, and San Jacinto College are the other similar institutions in the neighborhood.


Total Population 46,266
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 18,459
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 41.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.8%
Median Earnings25+ $30,020
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,473
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,500


Median Family Income $51,253
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 26.3%
Median Gross Rent $821
Median House Value $95,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.9%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 6.8%

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

Texas City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NW of Galveston, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 38 miles SE of Houston, Texas
County Galveston
Standard Zip Codes 77590, 77591
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77592
Phone Area Codes 409
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.383
Longitude -94.902

Texas City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 62 F
Apr Temp 65 to 75 F
Jul Temp 80 to 89 F
Oct Temp 68 to 80 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches
Station ALVIN
Distance 20 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 29.4 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Texas City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Meskill (77590)

West Texas City (77590, 77591)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dickinson 19,355 $79,475
Galveston 48,971 $51,763
Hitchcock 7,325 $51,614

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

Texas City Public Libraries

Moore Memorial Public Library
1701 9TH AVE N
Texas City, Texas
(409) 643-5979
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Texas City Hospitals

(409) 938-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

1401 9TH AVE N
A Non-traditional School
Serves 4 students.

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