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Webster, Texas
City
Webster City Hall and Police Department
Webster City Hall and Police Department
Location of Webster, Texas
Location of Webster, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Harris
Area
 • Total 6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)
 • Land 6.3 sq mi (16.4 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 26 ft (8 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,400
 • Density 1,584/sq mi (612/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77598
Area code(s) 281
FIPS code 48-76948
GNIS feature ID 1349594

Webster is a city in the U.S. state of Texas located in Harris County, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 10,400 at the 2010 census.

History

Hauling rice in South Texas
Hauling rice in South Texas (postcard, circa 1909)

The community was founded in 1879 by James W. Webster under the name Gardentown. It was established initially as a colony for settlers from England. It began as a stopover for travelers between Houston/Harrisburg, Galveston, Kemah, and Seabrook. Eventually railroads, such as the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway, were built through the area. Farmers in the area raised pears and other produce.

In 1903, the Houston Chamber of Commerce invited Seito Saibara, a former Japanese member of parliament and a Christian theologian, to come to Texas to teach rice farming. Rice at that time was emerging as an important cash crop. Saibara settled in Webster and established a small farming community of Japanese Christians. Saibara and his son Kiyoaki established the foundations of what became the rice industry of the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Dairies and livestock ranches developed in the town as well in the early 1900s. Petroleum was discovered at the Webster-Friendswood Oilfield in the 1930s, but the population remained small. The community was incorporated in 1958.

In 1961 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that it was building the Manned Spacecraft Center (now known as the Johnson Space Center) nearby along the shores of Clear Lake. Growth and development quickly swept over the Clear Lake Area, and Webster's population blossomed. Webster today has become a thriving bedroom community closely tied to the Clear Lake Area and its high-tech industry.

Geography

WebsterTXMap
Map of Webster

Webster is located at 29°32′19″N 95°07′10″W / 29.538581°N 95.119354°W / 29.538581; -95.119354 (29.538581, -95.119354).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.0 km2), of which 6.3 square miles (16.4 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 3.24%, is water.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Webster has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 329
1970 2,231 578.1%
1980 2,405 7.8%
1990 4,678 94.5%
2000 9,083 94.2%
2010 10,400 14.5%
Est. 2015 11,116 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,083 people, 4,114 households, and 1,970 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,372.9 people per square mile (529.8/km2). There were 4,733 housing units at an average density of 715.4 per square mile (276.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 64.85% White, 9.03% African American, 0.55% Native American, 5.72% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 15.78% from other races, and 3.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.24% of the population.

There were 4,114 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.7% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.1% were non-families. 40.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 43.5% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 109.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,385, and the median income for a family was $43,495. Males had a median income of $35,346 versus $29,808 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,964. About 12.5% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

The Edgar A. Smith Family YMCA is located in Houston; it has a Webster mailing address.

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