La Porte, Texas
La Porte is a city in Harris County, United States, within the Bay Area of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 33,800. La Porte is the fourth-largest incorporated city in Harris County; when La Porte celebrated its centennial in 1992, it was the home of Barbours Cut Terminal, operated by the Port of Houston Authority since 1977. Fifteen years the Port of Houston's newest addition, Bayport Terminal, was established just south of La Porte; the area around La Porte has served an important role in international trade since the 1970s. The area around modern La Porte gained fame early in Texas history as the location of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, which ended the Texas Revolution, establishing the independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico; the San Jacinto Monument, in the unincorporated area of La Porte, commemorates the battle. During the early 20th century the 1920s and 1930s, La Porte's Sylvan Beach became a nationally known tourist destination attracting some of the nation's most well-known entertainers.
As a result of changing economics in the Houston area and beach erosion, the tourist business declined while industrial development in the area grew. During World War II and afterward, La Porte's economy shifted toward petroleum/petrochemicals and shipping, which developed as the dominant industries in the Pasadena-Baytown area; the community of La Porte was founded in 1892 as a speculative real estate venture by an investment group. A 22-acre public space known as Sylvan Grove was reserved by the waterfront; the area around Sylvan Grove soon was developed with amenities including bathhouses, boating piers, a Victorian hotel with a dance pavilion. La Porte became the most popular tourist destination in the Houston area. Sylvan Grove Park was acquired in 1896 by a company known as Adoue and Lobit and renamed Sylvan Beach. Cottage retreats were built around the waterfront. In 1900, the devastating Galveston Hurricane hit the shoreline damaging the community's attractions; as the Texas Oil Boom took hold beginning in 1901, neighboring Houston became home to many wealthy businessmen, La Porte rebuilt and re-established itself as a tourist center.
It was, damaged again by a major fire and another hurricane in 1915. The community rebuilt again. During the 1920s and 1930s Sylvan Beach Amusement Park became a nationally recognized destination, featuring beauty contests and regular performances by famous bands, in addition to a growing gallery of amenities; some of the most well-known performers of the era, including Guy Lombardo, the Dorsey Brothers, Phil Harris, Benny Goodman, appeared at the park. In the 1930s the park was revamped, with additions of a large boardwalk, amusement rides, many other attractions; the residential community remained small, supported by Sylvan Beach tourism and the nearby Bay Ridge community, an area of beachfront summer homes in neighboring Morgan's Point built by wealthy Houstonians. The beachfront began to physically shrink beginning around 1928 because of erosion from the wakes of shipping traffic, land subsidence resulting from the extraction of groundwater in the area due to development. Gas rationing in World War II slowed tourism.
A hurricane in 1943 destroyed most of the tourist attractions. Most of the damaged structures at Sylvan Beach were never rebuilt after this time, as the area was changing, La Porte's tourist industry declined. By the 20th century, erosion had eliminated the beach; as shipyards and industrial plants in World War II were developed in nearby communities such as Pasadena and Deer Park, the community's residents became more dependent on these businesses. The opening of the La Porte-Baytown tunnel in 1954 further spurred development; the establishment of the Johnson Space Center in the nearby Clear Lake Area, the Barbours Cut shipping terminal in neighboring Morgan's Point, the Bayport Industrial District within La Porte's jurisdiction have made the community successful as part of the Houston area's industrial heartland. Much of the history of La Porte's glory years as a tourist haven has been preserved by the La Porte Bay Area Heritage Society. Plans have been discussed for many years to restore La Porte's status as a tourist destination.
A project to restore the beachfront at Sylvan Beach Park began in 2009 and finished in 2013, with sand brought in from other areas and dredging operations. Other plans, including building a large hotel on the shoreline, have been discussed as well. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.0 square miles, of which 18.6 square miles is land and 1.4 square miles, or 6.91%, is water. La Porte has many small 1940s frame houses; the climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, La Porte has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. La Porte contains many communities. Lomax was once a separate jurisdiction; as of the census of 2000, there were 31,880 people, 10,928 households, 8,578 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,683.3 people per square mile. There were 11,720 housing units at an average density of 618.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 81.39% White, 6.25% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 8.52% from other races, 2.15% from two or more races.
20.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 10,928 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age
Andrews is the county seat of Andrews County in the Permian Basin of West Texas. Andrews sits at the bottom of the Texas panhandle thirty miles east of New Mexico. Andrews was incorporated on February 2, 1937. Both the city and county were named for Richard Andrews, the first Texan soldier to die in the Texas Revolution; the population was 12,718 as of 2013. Andrews is located at 32°19′17″N 102°33′6″W; the city has a total area of all land. U. S. Highway 385, State Highway 115, State Highway 176 pass through Andrews. Andrews Loop 1910 is a 13.1-mile-long, $12.5 million, city-maintained, ring road that through trucks are directed to follow. Although it is not a state highway, it is designated similar to a state highway loop, with a special blue shield; the number refers to the year Andrews County was organized, a name chosen after a citywide competition was held to name the new loop. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Andrews has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,652 people, 3,478 households, 2,598 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,017.5 people per square mile. There were 4,047 housing units at an average density of 845.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 75.65% White, 2.04% African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 17.72% from other races, 2.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 41.95% of the population. There were 3,478 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.3% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.26. In the city the population was spread out with 31.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $32,774, the median income for a family was $36,172. Males had a median income of $31,527 versus $22,266 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,101. About 15.3% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over. Andrews is a city built on soil. After the first oil well was drilled by Deep Rock Oil Company on Missourian Charles E. Ogden's property Andrews County became one of the major oil producing counties in the State of Texas, having produced in excess of 1 billion barrels of oil. However, the cyclical nature of the oil business, has caused the community to look into new means of economic development, such as waste disposal, which in some areas has caused controversy. Waste Control Specialists, owned by Harold Simmons and headquartered in Dallas, operates a 14,000 acres site in Andrews County on the border with New Mexico.
The company was awarded a license to dispose of radioactive waste by the TCEQ in 2009. The permit allows for disposal of radioactive materials such as uranium and thorium from commercial power plants, academic institutions and medical schools; the company finished construction on the project in 2011 and started disposing of waste in 2012. There are two radioactive waste landfills at the site; the 30-acre compact site is owned and regulated by the State of Texas for use by Texas, up to 36 other states. The 90-acre federal site is owned by the United States federal government and is used for Department of Energy and other federal waste; the company employs about 1 % of the total labor force in Andrews. For years there has been a simmering dispute over which state these waste sites are lawfully a part of: Texas or New Mexico? The straight north-south border between the two states was defined as the 103rd meridian, but the 1859 survey, supposed to mark that boundary mistakenly set the border between 2.29 and 3.77 miles too far west of that line, making the waste sites, along with the current towns of Farwell and part of Glenrio, appear to be within the State of Texas.
New Mexico's short border with Oklahoma, in contrast, was surveyed on the correct meridian. New Mexico's draft constitution in 1910 stated; the disputed strip, hundreds of miles long, includes parts of valuable oilfields of the Permian Basin. A bill was passed in the New Mexico Senate to fund and file a lawsuit in the U. S. Supreme Court to recover the strip from Texas. Today, land in the strip is included in Texas land surveys and the waste sites for all purposes are taxed and governed by The State of Texas; the city was set to be the location of the now defunct $400 million HT3R project. In 1972, Andrews became the site of the first Kirby Company vacuum cleaner factory outside of the original location in Ohio, it is referred to as "Kirby West" to signify the westward expansion of the country. The company employs about 200 people. In 2011 the city opened Business Park South to provide more incentive options for attracting businesses. Energy Business Park was opened by the city in 2014; the city completed more than $3 million in airport renovations.
Voters approved bonds to construct a new $13 million loop around town which opene
Breckenridge is a city in Stephens County, United States. The population was 5,780 at the 2010 census, it is the county seat of Stephens County. The mayor is Jim McKay. Breckenridge was a stop on the since defunct Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad, one of the properties of Frank Kell and Joseph A. Kemp of Wichita Falls, Texas; the line was thereafter operated until 1969 by Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Former Texas State Representative Carl Isett of Lubbock was born in Breckenridge in 1957. Dallas Cowboys legend and Texas High School Football Hall of Fame member Gerald M. "Jerry" Tubbs was an honor graduate student and played center at Breckenridge High School. He was part of two Texas state championship football teams in 1951 and 1952, he played in three high school All-Star games and was a unanimous Texas All-State selection in 1952. In 1971, Tubbs was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Since 2008, the Breckenridge Buckaroos open the football season playing the "Jerry Tubbs Kickoff Classic".
The town of Breckenridge originated in 1854 as Picketville. It is believed to have been named either after the structure of its early homes or after rancher Bill Pickett, who lived in the area at the time. In 1876, Stephens County, was established, its territory included Picketville; the town was renamed "Breckenridge" after former U. S. Vice President and Confederate Army General John C. Breckinridge, though with an altered spelling. Breckenridge was a major oil producer in the early 1920s; the population jumped from a thousand to fifty thousand in under five years. The home of western legend/dentist/gambler John "Doc" Holliday. Breckenridge is located at 32°45′24″N 98°54′20″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles, of which, 4.2 square miles of it is land and 0.24% is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 5,868 people, 2,274 households, 1,546 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,412.8 people per square mile. There were 2,776 housing units at an average density of 668.4 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the city was 83.88% White.01% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 11.28% from other races, 1.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.64% of the population. There were 2,274 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.0% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.16. In the city, the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $28,697, the median income for a family was $35,164.
Males had a median income of $25,923 versus $20,467 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,014. About 16.9% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.9% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over. The City of Breckenridge is served by the Breckenridge Independent School District. Breckenridge High School's mascot is a Buckaroo; the Junior High School's mascot is a Bronco. The school colors are white; the Breckenridge High School football team of 1958 was voted the Ft. Worth Star Telegram team of the century; the Buckaroos have appeared in six Class 3A State Football Championships, winning four times in 1951, 1952, 1954, 1958 with ties in 1929 and 1959. Breckenridge High School has produced girls tennis state champions, girls golf state champions, FFA and 4-H state and national champions, academic state champions over the past few decades. In 2011, the U. S. Department of Education recognized Breckenridge Junior High School as a National Blue Ribbon School.
Breckenridge is the home of a West Texas campus of the Texas State Technical College System. Environmental Science Technology, Construction Management Technology, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Digital Imaging and Design and Business Accounting, Associate Degree Nursing, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Health Information Technology are some of the courses offered at the Breckenridge TSTC campus. TSTC partners with BHS and other Texas high schools to offer dual credit courses; the climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Breckenridge has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. At 5:20 PM local time on April 9, 2008, three tornadoes, including a pair of "sisters", were confirmed to have hit at least a portion of the town. Fifteen citizens were reported injured within the city limits. Five buildings were destroyed, including the airport, a former Air Force training facility.
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Seabrook is a city in Harris County in the U. S. state with some water surface area located within Chambers County. The population was 11,952 at the 2010 census. Several fish markets line the city's waterfront, while antique shops and bed and breakfast establishments are found in the city's downtown area; the city is home to several miles of trails. Seabrook is known for its fish markets on Waterfront Drive where resident shrimpers and fishermen bring in their catches daily. Besides bordering the bay, the city encompasses marshes through which runoff from inland fields drain to the bay; the piece of land was purchased by Seabrook W. Sydnor in 1895. In March 1903, the Seabrook Company of Houston created a layout of the proposed Seabrook Town site; the new town attracted fishermen, merchants and a few residents. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 demolished the local school, but by 1905 it was restored and was run by three teachers who taught 100 students; the local schools became part of the Clear Creek Independent School District in 1947.
The population of Seabrook rose from 200 to 560 before the Great Depression, but fell to 200 in 1936, remained at 400 from 1940 until 1947, when the Albert and Ernest Fay shipyard opened. It could handle 150 boats, opened up jobs and is the main cause of the population increase. Despite damage from Hurricane Carla, a bridge linking Seabrook and Kemah was completed in 1961. With the opening of the bridge and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Seabrook's population rose to 6,000. In 1986, the decision was made to start the construction of a fixed-span bridge, tall enough for sailboats to pass under. After this bridge was finished, Highway 146 was linked all the way from Galveston to Texas State Highway 225; this spurred a further increase in the population of Seabrook to its present level of nearly 12,000 people. Seabrook's residents are employed in a variety of professional positions. Quite a few residents have ties to the oil industry as well as the NASA space program. Seabrook is located on Galveston Bay at southeast of Houston near Pasadena and La Porte.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 square miles, of which 5.3 square miles is land and 15.9 square miles, or 74.97%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 9,443 people, 4,094 households, 2,386 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,647.5 people per square mile. There were 4,536 housing units at an average density of 791.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 88.92% White, 2.11% African American, 0.51% Native American, 3.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.76% from other races, 2.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.77% of the population. There were 4,094 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.7% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $54,175, the median income for a family was $66,815. Males had a median income of $50,322 versus $32,161 for females; the per capita income for the city was $29,534. About 2.8% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over. The greater Seabrook postal area includes the incorporated cities, both small suburban subdivisions organized as municipalities, of El Lago and Taylor Lake Village. A historic downtown area was constructed in the early 20th century and it stands today, with many locals running their businesses. Most are bed and breakfast places.
Seabrook is host to the Texas Concours d'Elegance "Keels & Wheels" classic car and boat show held each year the first weekend in May at Lakewood Yacht Club. The Seabrook Festival of the Arts is held annually on the grounds of Seabrook City Hall and Community House at First Street, where artists exhibit paintings, textiles, wood works and musical performances by Texas musicians; the festival is sponsored by the City of Seabrook in cooperation with the Art Consortium of the Texas Gulf Coast. The goal of the Pelican Path Project has been to improve Seabrook’s identity as a community and one of the largest migratory paths in North America, a bird sanctuary to both the brown and white pelicans; the project displays connectedness of the city by its many bed and breakfasts, close family values, available water attractions and its unique downtown of small businesses. Most businesses in Seabrook have purchased a pelican from Pelican Project and have customized it to represent their type of business, as well as the city of Seabrook.
This project has not only united the businesses of the city. Artists from all over Texas have participated in this project, which has attracted future plans for more cultural art projects in Seabrook. There are 8 miles of continuous trails from Hammer Street to Galveston Bay at Pine Gully Park, where the Lucky Trails Marathon is run in March; the trail system was built from crushed granite, wh
Ballinger is a city in Runnels County, United States. The population was 3,767 at the 2010 census, it is the county seat of Runnels County. Ballinger is located at 31°44′N 99°57′W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles, of which 0.0019 square miles, or 0.06%, is covered by water. Ballinger is about 70 miles south of Abilene; as of the census of 2000, 4,243 people, 1,578 households, 1,093 families resided the city. The population density was 1,266.7 people per square mile. The 1,879 housing units averaged 560.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 79.68% White, 2.14% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 14.52% from other races, 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 31.28% of the population. Of 1,578 households, 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.7% were not families.
About 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and family size was 3.10. In the city, the population was distributed as 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $26,129, for a family was $31,393. Males had a median income of $24,207 versus $18,951 for females; the per capita income for the city was $11,917. About 14.3% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over. The city is served by the Ballinger Independent School District and is home to the Ballinger High School Bearcats. George E. "Buddy" West, a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Odessa who served from 1993 to 2008, was born in Ballinger in 1936.
Hal Underwood, a professional golfer, won the European Tour. Ballinger was home of the minor league baseball team the Ballinger Cats from the 1920s to its disbandment in the late 1950s, they were affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds from 1947 to 1950, as well with the bygone St. Louis Browns in the 1930s and early 1940s; the climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Ballinger has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps. City of Ballinger official website Entry for William P. Ballinger, for whom Ballinger was named, from the Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas published 1880, hosted by the Portal to Texas History
Blanco is a city in Blanco County, United States. It is 50 miles north of downtown San Antonio and the same distance west of Austin; the population was 1,946 at the 2016 census estimate. Blanco is located in the Texas Hill Country on the Blanco River at 30°05′58″N 98°25′20″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles, of which 3.2 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles, or 1.99%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,701 people, 576 households, 370 families residing in the city; the population density was 899.7 people per square mile. There were 633 housing units at an average density of 378.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 88.77% White, 1.20% African American, 1.33% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 7.31% from other races, 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.72% of the population. The 2014 Census Estimate showed a population of 1,876. There were 576 households, out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.6% were non-families.
31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.13. In the city, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males. The median income for a household in the city was $31,071, the median income for a family was $40,398. Males had a median income of $27,188 versus $21,845 for females; the per capita income for the city was $14,797. About 9.9% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over. Blanco is served by the Blanco Independent School District and home to the Blanco High School Panthers. Willie Upshaw, professional baseball player City of Blanco official website Blanco Chamber of Commerce Blanco County News Blanco Pioneer Museum Blanco from the Handbook of Texas Online
Needville is a city in Fort Bend County, United States. It is within the Houston–Sugar Land metropolitan area; the population was 2,823 at the 2010 census. August Schendel founded the town of Schendelville in 1891 that contained his house, a store and a cotton gin. In 1894, he applied for a post office using the name "Needmore" as a joke, since they always needed more of everything. Due to Needmore, Texas existing, the post office amended the name to "Needville". By 1898, Schendel had platted a town and begun selling lots. A school had been constructed in 1897. By 1903, Needville had a school for white children with one teacher and 97 pupils, one school for black children with one teacher and 45 pupils; the Round Hall building had been built about 1910 for dances and other social activities, remained in this service until the 1950s. Ad Needle had three general stores, two cotton gins, a movie theater, a population of 100 in 1914. Telephone service arrived in 1916. In 1918, the Needville State Bank opened and the Galveston and San Antonio Railway built a line through the town.
In 1920, Needville reported having a population of 500. It reported having 12 general stores, four churches, four gins, an electric power generation plant. From 1927 through 1931, the Fort Bend county fair was held in Needville, it was discontinued because of the Great Depression, which caused the fair to run into debt. Natural gas was piped into town in 1929. FM 36 was completed in 1932. Thereafter, a local school bus transported high school students to schools in Richmond and Rosenberg. Needville formed its own Independent School District in 1946 and opened its own high school in 1948. Needville I. S. D. opened a new elementary school in 1960. Integration of black and white schools was completed in 1966. Needville is located in southern Fort Bend County at 29°23′54″N 95°50′24″W. Texas State Highway 36 passes through the city, leading north 11 miles to Rosenberg and southeast 21 miles to West Columbia. Downtown Houston is 41 miles to the northeast. Farm to Market Road 360 starts at SH 36 and heads northwest to Beasley, while Farm to Market Road 1236 goes southwest southeast.
Needville-Fairchilds Road connects with the community of Fairchilds to the northeast. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Needville has a total area of 1.72 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,609 people, 926 households, 688 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,532.5 people per square mile. There were 979 housing units at an average density of 575.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 74.09% White, 13.19% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 10.23% from other races, 2.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.96% of the population. The median income for a household in the city was $41,202, the median income for a family was $48,824. Males had a median income of $35,200 versus $26,389 for females; the per capita income for the city was $17,802. About 8.9% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.
The United States Postal Service Needville Post Office is located at 3000 School Street. The Needville Harvest Festival, founded in 1983, is held every October; the festival is organized by NHF, Inc. to draw visitors to Needville in the hope of stimulating local business, to raise funds for community development, to fund annual scholarships for local high school students. 2006 performance by Aaron Watson. The Needville Citywide Garage Sale is held in September each year. There is no website as the participants are businesses. Information with a map is available at Kinfolks Antiques at 979-793-7200. Dates can be found on the Chamber of Commerce calendar of events. Needville is zoned to schools in the Needville Independent School District. High school students go to Needville High School. Needville's Albert George Branch Library is a part of the Fort Bend County Libraries system; some addresses not in Needville with "Needville, TX" addresses are zoned to B. F. Terry High School in Rosenberg, a part of Lamar CISD.
Albert George Branch Library of Fort Bend County Libraries is in Needville. The library, which opened in November 1974, was named after Fort Bend County philanthropist Albert George; the Needville Chamber of Commerce and the Needville Lion's Club donated the land for the library. The library, with its first portion designed by Wylie W. Vale & Associates, had 4,900 square feet of space. In 1997 the library system used bond funds to renovate the library; the library now has 6,800 square feet of space. Fort Bend County operates the Barbara Jordan Park in Needville. George Ranch Historical Park Brazos Bend State Park and George Observatory Dennis Gaubatz, NFL linebacker Earnest Jackson, NFL running back City of Needville official website Needville Area Chamber of Commerce Needville Independent School District George Ranch Historical Park photos, hosted by The Portal to Texas History Needville Fire Department