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Overview

Introduction to Wharton, Texas

Wharton, Texas, in Wharton county, is 35 miles SW of Sugar Land, Texas (center to center) and 54 miles SW of Houston, Texas.

Wharton History

Wharton was originally a part of the Caney Run mail route, which was founded in 1838, by the Republic of Texas. It was named in honor of two brothers, John and William Wharton, who led the struggle for Texas independence. The first post office was formed in 1847, and the city was incorporated in 1902.

Wharton and Nearby Attractions

  • Riverfront Park
  • Wharton County Historical Museum
  • Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
  • Stephen F. Austin State Park
  • Wharton County Courthouse

Things To Do In Wharton

Wharton County Museum is a popular tourist attraction located in the city. The museum has many artifacts depicting the rich culture and history of the area. El Campo Museum of Natural History may also be visited. Stephen F. Austin State Park and Riverfront Park are popular parks which offer recreational opportunities. The Plaza Theater at the downtown square of Wharton is a popular entertainment arena.

Wharton Transportation

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is located near the city.

Wharton Higher Education

Wharton County Junior College has a campus in the Wharton. Houston Baptist University and Brazosport College are among the other universities and colleges located near the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,773
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens15.7%
Employed Population 16+3,349
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married38.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher9.7%
Median Earnings25+$20,435
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,171
Median Earnings With High School Degree$18,364

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,008
% Above Poverty Level72.2%
% Below Poverty Level27.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone39.2%
Median Gross Rent$671
Median House Value$78,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)66.6%
German9.5%
Irish9.1%
English4%
Czech3.9%
Italian2.1%
French Except Basque0.9%
Scottish0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Polish0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
African0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Portuguese0.1%
Russian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
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Wharton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wharton County
Standard Zip Codes77488
Phone Area Codes979
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.31
Approximate Longitude-96.09

Wharton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPIERCE 1 E
Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp42 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 80 F
Jul Temp73 to 94 F
Oct Temp58 to 82 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
StationDANEVANG 1 W
Distance19.7 miles
Jan Temp42 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 79 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp60 to 82 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches
StationTHOMPSONS 3 WSW
Distance30.7 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp59 to 79 F
Jul Temp74 to 94 F
Oct Temp60 to 82 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beasley656$51,818
El Campo11,685$54,148
Fairchilds904$85,500
Kendleton307$36,964
Needville3,040$60,345
Pleak1,599$60,341

Wharton Public Libraries

Wharton County Library
1920 N FULTON ST
Wharton, Texas
(979) 532-8080

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Wharton Hospitals

Gulf Coast Medical Center
(Proprietary)
10141 Us 59 Road

Wharton Public Schools

C G Sivells El
1605 Alabama Rd
ZIP: 77488
(979) 532-6866
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
Wharton El
2030 E Boling Hwy
ZIP: 77488
(979) 532-6882
Primary
Total Enrollment 701
Wharton H S
1 Tiger Ave
ZIP: 77488
(979) 532-6800
High
Total Enrollment 580
Wharton J H
1120 N Rusk St
ZIP: 77488
(979) 532-6840
Middle
Total Enrollment 449

Wharton Private Schools

Faith Christian Academy
5227 Fm 1301 Rd
ZIP: 77488
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 25
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