Katy, Texas forms the western portion of the Greater Houston metropolitan area. It sits at the tripoint of Harris, Ford Bend, and Waller counties and is home to 21,894 residents counted in the 2020 census report.
Katy was first settled in the mid-1890s as a railroad town along the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad line. It is an 11.3 square mile area known as Old Towne Katy or Greater Katy. The city proper is located in Old Towne Katy and was incorporated in 1945. The Greater Katy area includes the city of Katy as well as large sections of unincorporated land surrounding the city. It includes communities such as Cinco Ranch, Green Trails, Grayson Lakes, Seven Meadows, Pine Mill Ranch, Silver Ranch Firethorne, and Grand Lakes.
Population and Demographics
According to the 2020 census, Katy has 29,049 residents. This population count has increased since the 2010 census by 105.05%. The demographic breakdown is as follows:
Other Race 8.76%
African American 7.93%
Two or More Races 3.75%
Native American 0.11%
Katy is home to the headquarters of Igloo Corporation, a maker of ice chests, drink containers, and related supplies. Academy Sports and Outdoors has both corporate offices and a product distribution center in Katy and Amazon just completed a multi-million dollar distribution center boosting their economy. The largest area employer is BP America with 5,500 employees on its western campus.
The climate in Katy is characterized by hot and humid summers with temperatures reaching into the high 90s and mild to cool winters. The winter is relatively short with an average temperature of 43 degrees. In general, the climate is partially cloudy and wet most of the year with an average of 48 inches of rainfall.
Katy has long been known for its fertile flood plain which made it ideal for rice farming. Farmers had pipe canals built to feed water to the fields and would flood the fields creating swimming pools to the delight of area children. Although the industry has declined, there are still fifteen operating rice farms that harvest 9,500 acres of rice in late July and early August.