South Houston is a three square mile city of 16,000 located in southwest Harris County around 10 miles from downtown Houston. Bordered by the City of Houston and Pasadena, South Houston lies adjacent to William P. Hobby Airport near the intersection of Interstate Highway 45 and State Highway 3. Homes in this area are primarily owner... Show all »
South Houston is a three square mile city of 16,000 located in southwest Harris County around 10 miles from downtown Houston. Bordered by the City of Houston and Pasadena, South Houston lies adjacent to William P. Hobby Airport near the intersection of Interstate Highway 45 and State Highway 3. Homes in this area are primarily owner occupied and continue to appreciate at a rate of 4.48 percent per year since 2000.
South Houston has the unique reputation of being one of the few cities in the country to have roads built by elephants! But that's exactly what happened when an ingenious showman rode herd over one of South Houston's biggest growth spurts during a rapid growth spurt between the 1940s and the early 1960s. Mayor George Christy, circus owner and one of South Houston's most memorable mayors and successful businessmen, did not hesitate to put his elephants to work dredging, hauling and packing dirt for what would be South Houston's major roadway, Spencer Highway. In 1960 South Houston had a population of 7,523. By then the city had attracted numerous smaller industries, including manufacturers of asphalt, wire products, oilfield chemicals, and concrete conduits.
In 1980 South Houston reported a population of 11,782 and 303 businesses, mostly in the retail and service industries. South Houston is overwhelmingly a community of young people, with the median age in South Houston is 28 years and most residents commute to jobs in the downtown Houston area. According to census data in the year 2000 there were 4,892 housing unites in South Houston including single-family homes, apartments and condominiums. This represents a 1.5% growth from 4,818 in 1990. Of those housing units, all were located in either urbanized areas or urban clusters, and none were located in what is classified as a rural area.
The community is amply supplied with municipal recreation facilities and public services, including modern fire-fighting equipment, a hospital, and a library. Nearby attractions include Hobby Airport, the San Jacinto battleground, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. « Show less
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