Horizon City, Texas

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Horizon City, Texas
City
Horizon City Town Hall
Horizon City Town Hall
Location of Horizon City, Texas
Location of Horizon City, Texas
ElPaso County HorizonCity.svg
Coordinates: 31°40′56″N 106°11′46″W / 31.68222°N 106.19611°W / 31.68222; -106.19611Coordinates: 31°40′56″N 106°11′46″W / 31.68222°N 106.19611°W / 31.68222; -106.19611
Country United States
State Texas
County El Paso
Founded 1962
Incorporated October 22, 1988
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Mayor Walter Miller
Area
 • Total 8.7 sq mi (22.6 km2)
 • Land 8.7 sq mi (22.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,022 ft (1,226 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 16,735
 • Density 1,900/sq mi (740/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 79927-79928
Area code(s) 915
FIPS code 48-34832[1]
GNIS feature ID 1359564[2]
Website www.horizoncity.org

Horizon City is a city in El Paso County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 16,735, reflecting an increase of 11,502 from the 5,233 counted in the 2000 Census.[3] It is part of the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The city, incorporated by referendum on October 22, 1988,[4][5] takes its name from the real estate development corporation which developed it as a planned community beginning in the early 1960s, the Horizon Corporation. The Horizon Corporation bought up large tracts of land in the southwestern United States, including eastern El Paso County; platted them into subdivisions; and sold lots in them to thousands of people worldwide, often sight unseen, often without access to water or utilities and using questionable sales tactics, between 1962 and 1975. Eventually the Federal Trade Commission stepped in to stop it in 1981.[6][7] Only one portion of the development was successful, the area around the intersection of Horizon Boulevard (Texas Farm Road 1281) and Kenazo Street; this became the nucleus of Horizon City.

Much of the land to the east of town consists of undeveloped subdivisions with highly fragmented ownership. The lots in these subdivisions cannot be legally sold and will be difficult to develop due to the 1994 Texas Colonia Act, a state law intended to stop the development of colonias, or neighborhoods underserved by utilities whose residents often live in substandard conditions. It forbids the sale for residential purposes of less than 10 acres of land or the sale of more than 10 acres of land without a guarantee of adequate access to water, sewer services and other utilities. Efforts are currently underway by a local homeowners' association, the Horizon Communities Improvement Association, to assemble these lots into tracts of land that can be legally developed.[6][8]

Climate[edit]

  • Annual Maximum Avg. Temperature = 78.0 °F
  • Annual Minimum Avg. Temperature = 49.0 °F
  • Annual Avg. Temperature = 63.2 °F
  • Percent of Possible Sunshine = 83
  • Mean Number of Days Rain (Out of 365 Days) = 49
  • Mean Number of Days Snow (Out of 365 Days) = 2
  • Avg. Annual Precipitation (Total Inches) = 9.00"
  • Avg. Annual Snowfall (Total Inches) = 6.00"

Geography[edit]

Horizon City is located at 31°40′56″N 106°11′46″W / 31.68222°N 106.19611°W / 31.68222; -106.19611 (31.682315, -106.196127).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.7 square miles (22.6 km2), all of it land.[3]

Government[edit]

The current mayor of Horizon City is Walter Miller who was first elected in 2007. Horizon City is also served by seven Aldermen who are elected to two year terms. Four of the Aldermen are elected every even year and the other three and the mayor are elected every odd year in the month of May. The current Aldermen of Horizon City are Ruben Mendoza, Ron Kelley, Tony Aguilar, Kathy Masters, Charlie Ortega, Carole Zimmerman and Bill Armas.[10][11]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 16,735 people, 4,733 households, and 4,081 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,923.6 people per square mile (740.5/km²). There were 5,082 housing units at an average density of 584.1/sq mi (224.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.3% White, 2.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 12.7% some other race, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 85.9% of the population.[12]

There were 4,733 households out of which 64.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were headed by married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.8% were non-families. 10.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.4% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.54, and the average family size was 3.83.[12]

In the city the population was spread out with 38.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 16.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.[12]

For the period 2007-2011, the estimated median annual income for a household in the city was $49,621, and the median income for a family was $54,722. Males had a median income of $41,784 versus $33,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,514. About 15.2% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates the El Paso II District Parole Office in an unincorporated area east of Horizon City.[14]

Education[edit]

Horizon City is served by the Clint and Socorro Independent School Districts. The Socorro Independent School District serves the city center and adjacent neighborhoods on the west end of town; the boundary between it and the Clint Independent School District to the east is located at or near Kenazo Street.

Schools in Horizon City[edit]

Clint Independent School District campuses[edit]

Socorro Independent School District campuses[edit]

  • Eastlake High School [9th to 12th]
  • Col. John O. Ensor Middle School [6th to 8th]
  • Horizon Heights Elementary School [Pre-K to 5th]
  • Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School [Pre-K to 5th]

Other[edit]

  • Pete Duarte Head Start Center (Texas Education Agency, Region 19) [Pre-K]

Culture[edit]

Horizon City is described as having the elements of a traditional suburban or exurban setting. Having complete autonomy in its matters, Horizon City has its own political representation and dictates the direction that the city grows without large-city interference or influence. The town is expected to take a surge in population with Fort Bliss expansion.

Horizon High School's National Honor Society just created a cheer squad called "Desert Thunder". This organization is in charge of fostering positive school spirit and assists in community service projects. The organization Desert Thunder is sponsored by Omar Vasquez and Jose Ramirez.

Service clubs in Horizon City include two Lions clubs (the Horizon City Lions Club, founded 1967, and the Horizon City Eastlake Lions Club, founded 2007) and the Horizon City Kiwanis Club.

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