Powered by one of the most acclaimed school districts in the state of Texas, Katy’s growth is fueled by an abundant and talented population which is growing five to six percent annually. In a recent survey of 400 Katy residents, 98% said they would recommend Katy as a place to live. Recently Cinco Ranch, which is located in the Katy Area, was ranked the top place (#1) in the United States for livability.   Katy was also rated No. 1 in the United States for growth in 2010 by the Gadberry Group, a site selection consulting firm.

Over 290,000 people reside in Katy and are drawn here by the Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD), which now has over 64,000 students. Katy’s past growth between the years 2000 and 2010 increased by 83%. This phenomenal growth is projected to continue, fueled by Katy ISD, energy companies and corporations, businesses and entrepreneurs. By the year 2018, projections show that over 337,000 people will reside in Katy and 550,000 persons by the year 2035.   Employment in the Katy Area continues to grow at similar pace.  The civilian employed population is over 136,000 persons (2013) with growth projected to over 164,000 persons by the year 2018.  The unemployment rate in 2013 is 3.2%.

The demographics of the Katy Area are grounded in a strong income base with exceptional educational attainment. The average household income of $111,657 (2013) in the Katy Area is projected to increase to $127,188 by the year 2018. This strong income base translates into strong educational attainment above the national average, with over 40% of the population having bachelor’s/graduate degrees.

Katy Growth Facts and Figures

  • Katy’s non-white, non-hispanic population has increased over 100% in the past 10 years.
  • Katy’s hispanic population has tripled over the past ten years from 22,757 to 74,682, which is nearly 30% of the total population.
  • In 2010, Katy ISD accounted for 21% of the Houston’s residential plat submittals.
  • In 2013, 1,957 homes were sold in the Katy area in the Master Planned Communities of Cinco Ranch, Firethorne, Woodcreek Reserve, Cross Creek and Bridgelands.
Population & Demographics of the Katy Area (Katy ISD)
 Year  Population
 1990  81,559
 2000  139,998
 2010  256,984
 2011  269,823
 2012  283,026
 2013  290,157
 2018  337,614
 Change 1990-2000  70.7%
 Change 2000-2010  83.5%
 Change 1990-2010  171.4%
 Change 2013-2018  16.3%
 Source: Alteryx, 2014


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