Katy Texas – Your Best Resource Regarding Katy Communities, Amenities, Activities

Katy Texas is a very large area on the west side of Houston TX…where the counties of Fort Bend, Harris, and Waller converge. It is hard to explain to people because, technically, the incorporated “City of Katy” is only a small area of about 15,000 people. However, the “Katy Area” or “Greater Katy Area” usually refers to the entire area covered by the Katy Independent School District and various sources quote the population to be somewhere around 340,000.

According to Wikipedia, “Many people confuse Greater Katy Texas with the City of Katy, however there is no city representation or services provided to people outside of the actual city limits of Katy. Some of this area is actually within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston the city of Katy cannot annex this area without express permission from the City of Houston. This has occurred on several occasions in regards to relatively small tracts of land. Most recently this came into play with development of the Katy Mills Mall, which sat mostly within the City of Katy but about half was in the Houston ETJ. The developer and city of Katy threatened to build just parking lot on the Houston area depriving Houston of any real property tax value. For 1 million dollars Katy bought the right to annex the area desired.”

City of Katy (incorporated)

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Greater Katy Area (Katy ISD)

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NOTE

Katy is a huge area! This guide only covers neighborhoods that are south of I10…and not all of those neighborhoods…there are a few other smaller neighborhoods as well.

Since it is such a large area, I like to divide Katy Texas into three major sections:

  • North of Interstate 10
  • South of Interstate 10 but East of Grand Parkway
  • South of Interstate 10 but West of Grand Parkway

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My terms “North Katy,” “East Katy,” and “West Katy” are not official terms. They are just how I separate and explain the different parts of Katy to clients.

These three areas are very different in regards to the scores of the schools and the age and price of the homes. Generally speaking, the area north of I10 has lower scoring schools and, therefore, less expensive homes. The areas south of I10 both have high scoring schools, but some parts still have better schools than other parts. The east side of Grand Parkway is older, and has more mature trees (therefore “prettier” than the west side) but also has older homes that may need to be updated. These homes are closer to Houston and, therefore, have shorter commute times than the west side of Grand Parkway.

The area west of Grand Parkway is newer and so there are lots of newer, modern homes zoned to high-scoring schools. However, if you live far-west you will have a longer commute than the far-east side of Katy (to downtown or Galleria).

We could probably separate another area out: the Energy Corridor which, for now, I include in east Katy.

The area of Katy Texas is so large that it crosses two counties (Harris and Fort Bend) and multiple ZIP Codes (see below).

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Katy Schools Overview

People often move to Katy for the excellent schools here. The above average schools (8-10) are mostly in East and West Katy…south of Interstate 10. The schools in North Katy are mostly average (4-7) according to GreatSchools.org.

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>> See Katy schools for detailed information. Download the Katy Relocation & Neighborhood Guide for current school ratings and multiple lists, sorted in different ways, to find the exact school you’re looking for.

 


Good To Know

When you register for school you will need the following items:

  • Proof of residence (sales contract, lease contract, utility bill)
  • Official birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of immunizations
  • Report card or transcript from most recent school

 


Katy Population and Demographics

It is extremely challenging to get accurate population statistics and demographics for the Katy Area…since it is not all incorporated. According to the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s Website (www.katyedc.org):

“Powered by one of the most acclaimed school districts in the state of Texas, Katy area’s growth is fueled by an abundant and talented population, which is growing at of rate of roughly 5% annually.

Approximately 340,000 people reside in the Katy area and are drawn here by the Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD), which now has over 77,000 students. The Katy area is larger in population than the City of Pittsburgh, PA. Katy’s past growth between the years 2000 and 2010 increased by 84%. This phenomenal growth is projected to continue, fueled by Katy ISD, energy companies and corporations, businesses and entrepreneurs. By the year 2022, projections show that over 391,000 people will call the area home.

Employment in the Katy area continues to grow at similar pace. The civilian employed population is 180,758 persons with growth projected to 217,652 persons by the year 2022 (20.4% increase). The Katy area has a low unemployment rate at 4.6%.

The demographics of the Katy area are grounded in a strong income base with exceptional educational attainment. The average household income is $127,335 in the Katy area and projected to increase to $147,821 by the year 2022. The strong income base translates to strong educational attainment above the national average, with over 44% of the population having bachelor’s or graduate degrees.”

Take a look at the demographics of the schools zoned to the area you are looking at if you want a more accurate picture of the area.

 

Taylor High School (East Katy)

 

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Cinco Ranch High School (East and West Katy)

 

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Seven Lakes High School (West Katy)

 

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Tompkins High School (West Katy)

 

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Katy High School (North Katy – Some East Katy)

 

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Mayde Creek High School (North Katy)

 

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Morton Ranch High School (North Katy)

 

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Paetow High School (North Katy)

 

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Katy Property Taxes

Unfortunately, property taxes in Texas are among the highest in the country. But before you panic, just remember that we don’t have a state income tax in Texas…so one sort of offsets the other. You can read more about Texas property taxes so you are well-informed.

In addition, each Katy subdivision (and there are many!) has different property tax rates…and they can change from year to year. Subdivisions in our newest neighborhoods, like Tamarron, Cardiff Ranch, Cross Creek Ranch, tend to have the highest property tax rates (3.6) and subdivisions in our older neighborhoods, like Kelliwood or Nottingham Country, tend to have the lowest tax rates (2.6-2.8). One thing I like to point out though…our newer homes tend to be much more energy-efficient than our older homes; so you will save money in energy costs when you buy a newer home. That may help partially offset the higher taxes.

According to the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s Website , “Ad Valorem or property

There are tax benefits and other benefits in owning your own home (which can make up for the high property taxes). Please read The Benefits of Home Ownership to learn more.

» Go to here to check current property taxes on the neighborhood of your choice

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Katy Hospitals

There are at least four award-winning hospitals in the Katy Area:

Houston Methodist West Hospital 18500 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77094 Phone: (832) 522-5522

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 23900 Katy Fwy, Katy, TX 77494 Phone: (281) 644-7000

MD Anderson Cancer Center 19770 Kingsland Blvd, Houston, TX 77094 Phone:(713) 563-9600

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77094 Phone:(832) 227-1000

 


Katy Commute Times and Traffic

Katy is so large that commute times may vary drastically depending on where you live in Katy…and where you are commuting. You can use Google Maps to estimate drive times from various locations.

Katy has two park and ride locations if you are commuting to Houston:

  • 21669 Kingsland Blvd
  • 1030 W Grand Parkway

Visit www.ridemetro.org for more information about other options such as ride matching, ride sharing, METRO lift, and the HOV system.


Highway Nicknames

  • Katy Freeway = I-10
  • Grand Parkway = Hwy 99
  • Westpark Tollway = FM 1093
  • The Loop = I-610
  • Southwest Frwy = I-59/I-69
  • Northwest Frwy = Hwy 290

 


Katy Crime Statistics

Crime is a neighborhood, rather than city-wide issue. Crime in one part of town may be completely different than crime in another part of town. According to Sperling’s Best Places, “Katy, Texas, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 100, is 20. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 31.1.

Katy, Texas, property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 100, is 53. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 38.1.”

Source: https://www.bestplaces.net/crime/city/texas/katy

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BEWARE! Most online data for crime reports in the Katy area is not accurate. Katy is divided into two counties (Harris and Fort Bend). Some crime report sites report only on Harris county (making the side that is in Fort Bend county look virtually crime free) and other sites report only on Fort Bend county (making the Harris county side look crime free).

Being a local area expert, I think you can get a better idea of our higher crime areas by looking at sex offender map locations. Generally speaking, the more sex offenders in the area, the higher the crime rate.

See these articles for more information about how sex offenders effect real estate:

The following graphs show the concentration of sex offenders in the area, according to https://www.familywatchdog.us as of April 2018. If you can’t tell, the areas with the best schools have the lowest number of sex offenders…another reason why school ratings are something to consider when purchasing a home.

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Katy Flood Zones

There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet and the news media got a lot of information about Hurricane Harvey wrong. If you are concerned about flooding in Katy TX, then please read my detailed article: Katy Flood Zones. It has information and maps to help you understand the facts.

 


Top Employers in Katy

According to the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s Website (www.katyedc.org): “The economy in the Katy area is thriving and growing rapidly. Due to its growth across various business sectors, it has been recognized as one of the most recession-resistant economies in the United States. Multiple office and light industrial buildings are under construction to support the expansion in employment growth. The Katy area also has a rapidly growing employment base in both the healthcare and technology industries.”

Top 25 Leading Employers in the Katy Area – 2016
NameSizeNAICSProduct & Service
Katy ISD8,000+61111Education / Public Schools
BP North America5,000+21311HQ, Oil & Gas
WoodGroup Subsidiaries4,000+54133HQ, Engineering, Oil & Gas
Shell Exploration and Production4,000+21211HQ, Oil & Gas
ConocoPhillips3,000+21211HQ, Oil & Gas
Katy Mills – Simon Group3,000+44211Retail Stores & Offices
Academy Sports & Outdoors2,900+42391HQ, Distribution Center
LaCenterra – Cinco Ranch1,700+44211Retail Stores & Offices
Houston Methodist West1,650+62211Hospital
Walmart / Sam’s1,400+45211Retail Stores
Amec Foster Wheeler1,000+54133HQ, Engineering, Oil & Gas
Igloo Products Corp.1,000+32614HQ, Distributions & Manufacturing
Worley Parsons Group1,00054133Engineering, Oil & Gas
Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus1,00062111Hospital
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital1,00062111Hospital
Kroger80045211Retail
Transocean75021311Drilling, Oil & Gas
HEB65045211Retail
GEICO61052421Insurance Agencies & Brokerages
DNV-GL56554138Testing Laboratories
Expro Americas50021311Oil & Gas Field Services
Sercel, Inc.50033451Manufacturing, Instrumentation for Electricity
Gulf Interstate Engineering400+21311Engineering, Oil & Gas
Schlumberger – Technology Center350+35301HQ, Manufacturing of Oil & Gas Equipment

Source: http://katyedc.org/Data-Demographics/Leading-Employers.aspx on April 24, 2018.


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