Katy, Texas

Katy, Texas

Infobox Settlement
official_name = City of Katy
website = http://ci.katy.tx.us/
settlement_type = City

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map_caption = Location in the state of Texas

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = Counties
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_name1 = Texas
subdivision_name2 = Harris, Fort Bend, Waller
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Don Elder Jr.
area_magnitude = 1 E8
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 10.7
area_total_km2 = 27.6
area_land_sq_mi = 10.7
area_land_km2 = 27.6
population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 11775
population_density_sq_mi = 426.1
population_density_km2 = 1103.7
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
latd = 29 |latm = 47 |lats = 33 |latNS = N
longd = 95 |longm = 49 |longs = 21 |longEW = W
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
elevation_m = 43
elevation_ft = 141
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1945
postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 77400-77499
area_code = 281
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 48-38476GR|2
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Katy is a city located in Fort Bend, Harris, and Waller Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 11,775 at the 2000 census.


Katy is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the "K-T Railroad", now a part of Union Pacific) that ran through Katy in the 19th century. Katy was once known as Cane Island. The name is derived from Cane Island Creek which runs just west of downtown. Cane Creek is a branch of Buffalo Bayou. The origins of the name Cane Island are believed to be from the fact that Katy was once a major sugar cane producer and rice producer. It has a festival the second weekend in October to honor and recoginize the former rice producing town.


Several corporations are headquartered in areas surrounding Katy.

Igloo Corporation is headquartered west of Katy in unincorporated Waller County. [" [http://www.igloocoolers.com/contact-us/world-hq/ Igloo Worldwide Headquarters] ." "Igloo Corporation". Accessed September 5, 2008.] Academy Sports and Outdoors has its corporate offices and product distribution center in unincorporated western Harris County. [" [http://www.academy.com/index.php?page=content&target=company/contact&lnkSRC=SLfromFOOTER Contact Academy Sports & Outdoors] ." "Academy Sports and Outdoors". Accessed September 5, 2008.]

KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown and Root), the global engineering and construction firm plans to open a new headquarters campus in western unincorporated Harris County on the corner of I-10 and the Grand Parkway. The 80 acre complex will will be the new home to KBR's 4500 or so employees and will have eight low rise buildings with around 900,000 sqft as reported by the "Dallas Business Journal".Fact|date=September 2008


Katy is located at coor dms|29|47|33|N|95|49|21|W|city (29.792582, -95.822436).GR|1

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.7 square miles (27.6 km²).None of the area is covered with water.

Katy vs. Katy area

Katy residents often split the city into two informal sections: "Old Katy" (or Katy Proper) and "Katy Area". Old Katy is the actual city limits of Katy and lies mostly north of Interstate 10. This is the original Katy from before the 1970s when Houston's Energy Corridor (and the development that came with it) made its way west on I-10.

The "Katy area" is made up of large sections of unincorporated Harris and Fort Bend counties and mostly sits east and southeast of the city limits of Katy. This area is within the Katy Independent School District and nearly everyone in this area has a Katy postal address.

The Katy area includes new upscale developments and master planned communities such as Cinco Ranch, Green Trails, Wood Creek Reserve, Grayson Lakes, Seven Meadows, Firethorne and Grand Lakes, while also encompassing developments from the 1970s and 1980s such as Memorial Parkway, Kelliwood and Nottingham Country.

All of the "Katy area" lies in the city of Houston's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), not Katy's ETJ. This means that the areas of "Katy area" are controlled by the city of Houston and the city has the ability to annex it in the future. The city of Katy cannot annex this area unless the city of Houston releases the area's ETJ to Katy, which has occurred in several small chunks in recent years. The most recent instance of this was in 2001 when Houston ceded about 400 acres (1.6 km²) of ETJ to the City of Katy to allow the Katy Mills Mall and surrounding parking lot to be built entirely within the City of Katy.

The "Katy area" contains well over 250,000 people.


As of the census of 2000, there were 11,775 people in "Old Katy", 3,888 households, and 3,083 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,103.7 people per square mile (426.1/km²). There were 4,072 housing units at an average density of 381.7/sq mi (147.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.98% White, 4.24% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 8.65% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.75% of the population. Also, there is a small Muslim community represented by the Katy Islamic Association.

There were 3,888 households out of which 45.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.7% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.5% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,111, and the median income for a family was $57,741. Males had a median income of $38,412 versus $33,004 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,192. 8.4% of the population and 7.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.1% were under the age of 18 and 6.5% were 65 or older.


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Pupils who live in Katy are zoned to schools in Katy Independent School District. Three elementary schools, all in the city of Katy, serve Katy residents:
* [http://kisdwebs.katyisd.org/campuses/he/Pages/Default.aspx Zelma Hutsell Elementary School] [" [http://www.katyisd.org/files/campuses/AZ/el/HE.pdf Hutsell Elementary School Attendance Zone] ." "Katy Independent School District". Accessed September 5, 2008.]
* [http://kisdwebs.katyisd.org/campuses/ke/Pages/Default.aspx Katy Elementary School] [" [http://www.katyisd.org/files/campuses/AZ/el/KE.pdf Katy Elementary School Attendance Zone] ." "Katy Independent School District". Accessed September 5, 2008.]
* [http://kisdwebs.katyisd.org/campuses/rke/Pages/Default.aspx Robert E. King Elementary School] ("unincorporated Harris County") [" [http://www.katyisd.org/files/campuses/AZ/el/RKE.pdf King Elementary School Attendance Zone] ." "Katy Independent School District". Accessed September 5, 2008.]
* [http://katyisd.org/campuses/WCE/index.htm WoodCreek Elementary School] [" [http://www.katyisd.org/files/campuses/AZ/el/WCE.pdf WoodCreek Elementary School Attendance Zone] ." "Katy Independent School District". Accessed September 5, 2008.]

The following middle schools serve City of Katy residents:
* [http://kisdwebs.katyisd.org/campuses/kjh/Pages/Default.aspx Katy Junior High School] [" [http://www.katyisd.org/files/campuses/AZ/jh/KJH.pdf Katy Junior High School Attendance Zone] ." "Katy Independent School District". Accessed September 5, 2008.]
* [http://kisdwebs.katyisd.org/campuses/wcjh/Pages/Default.aspx Woodcreek Junior High School] ("unincorporated Fort Bend County") [" [http://www.katyisd.org/files/campuses/AZ/jh/WCJH.pdf WoodCreek Junior High School Attendance Zone] ." "Katy Independent School District". Accessed September 5, 2008.]

All high school aged students in the City of Katy are zoned to Katy High School. [" [http://www.katyisd.org/files/campuses/AZ/hs/KHS.pdf Katy High School Attendance Zone] ." "Katy Independent School District". Accessed September 5, 2008.]

Miller Career & Technology Center, the Opportunity Awareness Center, and Martha Raines High School, alternative schools of Katy ISD, are in the City of Katy.

Many homes in unincorporated Fort Bend, Harris, or Waller counties which have Katy addresses are served by other schools in Katy ISD.

Colleges and universities

Katy is served by the Houston Community College System. HCC Northwest College operates the Katy Campus in an unincorporated section of Harris County. [" [http://northwest.hccs.edu/portal/site/northwest/ Northwest College] ." "Houston Community College District". Accessed September 5, 2008.]

University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch, located in an unincorporated section of Fort Bend County, offers bachelor's or master's degrees in a variety of areas including history, English, or various fields of science or business.

Public libraries

Katy is served by the Katy Branch of Harris County Public Library.

Parks and recreation

Forbidden Gardens is an outdoor museum replicating some of China's major historic scenes, including the first Emperor's 6,000 piece Terra Cotta Army replicated in 1/3 scale.

The Katy Tigers of Katy High School won the state football title in 1959, 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2007.

The Katy Community is documented and told about on [http://www.katynation.com KatyNation] and describes the tradition behind Katy Football.


Mass transit

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) operates the Kingsland Park and Ride (Route 221) east of Katy at 21669 Kingsland Boulevard. In February 2008 METRO opened a new park and ride location at the Cinemark parking lots near the intersection of Grand Parkway and I-10. The new Route is #222Schedules can be found at: [http://www.ridemetro.org/pdf/routes/katycorridor.pdf]

Intercity buses

Greyhound Bus Lines operates the Katy Station at Millers Exxon. [" [http://www.greyhound.com/scripts/en/TicketCenter/terminal.asp?city=681550 Katy, Texas] ", "Greyhound Lines"]


Privately-owned airports for fixed-wing aircraft for public use located near Katy include:
*Sack-O-Grande Acroport (also known as Harbican Airport) in unincorporated Harris County
*Houston Executive Airport in unincorporated Waller County
*West Houston Airport in unincorporated Harris County

Privately-owned airports for private use include:
*Hoffpauir Airport in unincorporated Harris County
*Cardiff Brothers Airport in unincorporated Fort Bend County

Heliports (privately-owned, for private use) near Katy include:
*Darmar Medical Emergency Heliport in unincorporated Harris County
*Dewberry Heliport in unincorporated Fort Bend County
*Rwave Heliport in unincorporated Harris County

Area airports with commercial airline service include George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport, both of which are in Houston.

Infrastructure and Government

The Katy area (including all unincorporated parts of Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Waller County that are zoned to Katy ISD) is split between Texas's 7th congressional district, Texas's 10th congressional district, and Texas's 14th congressional district.

Community information

The Katy Family YMCA is located in nearby Cinco Ranch in unincorporated Fort Bend County. The YMCA was formerly named after Ken Lay, due to his having given an endowment of over $1 million. Soon after the Enron scandal began, the YMCA, since removing the name was undoable due to the financial help Lay provided, reduced the name, "Ken Lay" to approximately one-fourth the size it was before. In June 2006 Lay asked for his money to be returned in the wake of his legal trouble surrounding the Enron Scandal; consequently his name was removed and the YMCA was renamed the Katy Family YMCA.

Retail centers are springing up all throughout Katy to accommodate the rapid residential growth. The major retail growth is now being focused on the Katy Fort Bend Road near the east entrance to the Katy Mills shopping mall.

In addition to Christus St. Catherine Hospital and the recently opened Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, there are currently three major hospital construction projects underway in the Katy area with Methodist Hospital and Texas Children's Hospital along I-10 and St. Luke's on Grand Parkway, just South of I-10. Completion is planned for 2010.

Postal service

The United States Postal Service operates the Katy Post Office at 5701 4th Street and the Katy Post Office Annex at 1331 Pin Oak Road.

List of mayors

*Dan Cox (1971-1979)
*John G. Morrison (1979-1983)
*Johnny Nelson (1983-1987)
*Ward A. Stanberry (1988-1991)
*J.W. "Skip" Conner (1991-1995)
*M.H. "Hank" Schmidt (1995-2001)
*Doyle G. Callender (2001-2007)
*Don Elder Jr. (2007-present)

Notable residents

This list includes people both from the City of Katy as well as the Greater Katy area:

*Chelsea Ricketts, Actress in Missionary Man,
*Jarred Ball, minor league baseball outfielder for the Corpus Christi Hooks
*Frank Bielec, designer on TV show "Trading Spaces"
*Clint Black, country music superstar in the 1990s
*Kimberly Caldwell, finalist on "American Idol (season 2)"
*Roger Clemens, baseball pitcher and seven time Cy Young Award winner.
*Shawn Daivari, Former WWE Wrestler who resides in Katy.
*Janeane Garofalo, movie actress and radio host on Air America network in addition to stand up comic. Spent high school years in Katy.
*Eric Heitmann, football player for the San Francisco 49ers
*Yao Ming, basketball superstar for the Houston Rockets. Has made the Katy area his home while in the United States, although he has an off-season home in Daly City, California.
*Renée O'Connor, TV actress ("")
*Pamela Ribon, author who spent high school years in Katy.
*Scott Sellers - American track and field athlete, Division I National Champion and record holder in the High Jump.
*Kasey Studdard, Guard for the NFL's Houston Texans.
*Katy Taylor, Olympian figure-skater
*The members of the band King's X, who reside in Katy. Ty Tabor (member) has a studio in Katy.
*Jake Voskuhl, NBA center for the Charlotte Bobcats
*Renée Zellweger, Academy Award winning movie actress ("Jerry Maguire", "Bridget Jones's Diary" among others)
*Walton Eller, Gold Medalist in double trap shooting, 2008 Summer Olympic Games in BeijingHouston Astros manager Cecil Cooper lives in Katy, TX during the off-season with his wife Ocatavia and their youngest daughter (Tori Cooper)

ee also


External links

* [http://www.katytexas.com Katy Texas]
* [http://www.katychamber.com/images/demographics/KCoutsideEPS4.pdf Master Plan Map of Katy Area / City of Katy]
* [http://www.cityofkaty.com/ City of Katy official web site]
* [http://www.katyisd.org Katy Independent School District web site]
* [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/KK/hfk1.html] Handbook of Texas Online article
* [http://www.katychamber.com Greater Katy Area Chamber of Commerce web site]
* [http://www.katyedc.org Katy Area Economic Development Council web site]
* [http://www.katytimes.com Katy Times — Tri-weekly newspaper for the Katy area]
* [http://www.west-houston.com/map.aspx New Construction Communities Map]

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