Katy TX 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 between 200,000 and 300,000.
City of Katy (incorporated)
Greater Katy Area (Katy ISD)
Since it is such a large area, I like to divide Katy into three major sections:
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.
Katy is a huge area! This website only covers neighborhoods that are south of I10…and not all of those neighborhoods…there are a few other smaller neighborhoods as well.
People often move to Katy for the excellent schools here. As of November 2015, Katy has four high schools that score a 9 (out of 10) on Greatschools.org.
The map below shows the Greatschools.org scores for schools in Katy ISD. The highest rated (8-10) schools are shown in Green, moderately-rated schools (4-7) are shown in Yellow, and low-rated schools (1-3) are shown in Red.
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):
“Over 309,000 people reside in the Katy Area and are drawn here by the Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD), which now has over 73,000 students. The Katy Area is larger in population than the City of Pittsburg. 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 2020, projections show that over 356,422 people will reside in Katy. 550,000 persons are expected to reside in the Katy Area by the year 2035.”
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...go to Katy TX page.
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