Sealy, Texas

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Sealy, Texas
Sealy water tower
Sealy water tower
Motto: A History of Excellence. A Future of Progress.
Location of Sealy, Texas
Location of Sealy, Texas
Coordinates: 29°46′27″N 96°9′27″W / 29.77417°N 96.15750°W / 29.77417; -96.15750Coordinates: 29°46′27″N 96°9′27″W / 29.77417°N 96.15750°W / 29.77417; -96.15750
Country United States
State Texas
County Austin
 • Type Mayor-Council [1]
 • Mayor Mark Stolarski [1]
 • State Representative Leighton Schubert [2]
 • State Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R) [3]
 • U.S. House Michael McCaul (R) [4]
 • Total 13.5 sq mi (35 km2)
 • Land 13.38 sq mi (34.7 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,019
 • Density 450/sq mi (170/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77474
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-66464[5]
GNIS feature ID 1346849[6]

Sealy is a city in Austin County in southeastern Texas, United States, within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The population was 6,019 at the 2010 census.[7] Sealy is located 50 miles (80 km) west of the downtown Houston area.


Sealy is located at 29°46′27″N 96°9′27″W / 29.77417°N 96.15750°W / 29.77417; -96.15750 (29.774182, -96.157570).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), of which, 13.38 square miles (34.7 km2) of it is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.[9]

Sealy is 50 miles (80 km) west of Downtown Houston.[10]


San Felipe, Texas, sold part of its original 22,000-acre (8,900 ha) township to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad to create Sealy in 1879. Sealy gets its name after business tycoon and majority stock holder of the GCSF RR, George Sealy of Galveston. In 1881, Daniel Haynes, a cotton gin builder, filled a request for a cotton-filled mattress which started a company. He named this the Sealy Mattress Company after the town. Business grew exponentially, which led to more innovation and several patents, such as a machine that compressed cotton.[citation needed]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 24
1890 837 3,387.5%
1950 1,942
1960 2,328 19.9%
1970 2,685 15.3%
1980 3,875 44.3%
1990 4,541 17.2%
2000 5,248 15.6%
2010 6,019 14.7%
Est. 2015 6,403 [11] 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 5,248 people, 1,882 households, and 1,349 families residing in the city. The population density was 759.3 people per square mile (293.2/km²). There were 2,077 housing units at an average density of 300.5 per square mile (116.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.1% White, 12.3% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 12.88% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.43% of the population.

There were 1,882 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,277, and the median income for a family was $40,348. Males had a median income of $28,720 versus $20,793 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,986. About 11.2% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.


People who live in Sealy are zoned to schools in Sealy Independent School District. The schools in Sealy ISD are Selman Elementary School (pre-kindergarten to third grade), Selman Intermediate School (4-5), Sealy Junior High School (6-8), and Sealy High School (9-12). All of the schools are in Sealy. Blinn College has a Sealy Campus located along Interstate 10 east of State Highway 36.

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Sealy is served by Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 90, Texas State Highway 36, the BNSF Railway, and the Union Pacific Railroad.[13] The Greyhound Bus Lines operates the Sealy Station at Mazac Muffler City AC.[14]

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