Jersey Village, Texas

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City of Jersey Village
City
Entrance to Jersey Village
Entrance to Jersey Village
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 29°53′26″N 95°34′7″W / 29.89056°N 95.56861°W / 29.89056; -95.56861Coordinates: 29°53′26″N 95°34′7″W / 29.89056°N 95.56861°W / 29.89056; -95.56861
Country United States
State Texas
County Harris
Incorporated April 16, 1956
Government
 • Mayor Rod Erskine
Area
 • Total 3.5 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Water .1 sq mi (.1 km2)
Elevation 110 ft (33.5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,620
 • Density 2,200/sq mi (860/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77040, 77041, 77065
Area code(s) 713
FIPS code 48-37612[1]
GNIS feature ID 1360232[2]
Website www.jerseyvillage.info

Jersey Village is a city in west-central Harris County, Texas, United States, located at U.S. Highway 290, Farm to Market Road 529, and the Southern Pacific Railroad.[3] The city is located in the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 7,620 at the 2010 census.[4]

History[edit]

The 1936 Harris County highway map indicated several residences in the area. Clark W. Henry owned 1,236 acres (5.00 km2) of land on which he operated F&M Dairy and raised Jersey cattle. Henry discontinued his dairy when his health declined, and he gave the land up so a residential community could be built in 1953.[3][5] Henry and LeRoy Kennedy, members of the Garden Oaks Baptist Church, began developing the community in February 1954. At first the city had 5 miles (8 km) of streets and drainage, gas, sewage, and water services. Several houses were established along Jersey Drive. The first family moved to the subdivision in late October 1954.[5] The community developed a school, a park, and an 18-hole golf course. Jersey Village incorporated on April 16, 1956, with all 58 votes in favor of incorporation and a volunteer police force.[3][5] Because of the incorporation, Houston did not incorporate Jersey Village's territory into its city limits.[6]

In 1961 Jersey Village had 493 residents.[3] On July 6, 1972, Leonard Rauch gave Jersey Village a city hall building; as of 2008 the building is used for the fire department and public works departments. In 1977 the city passed a bond issue, leading it to construct a new city hall, a city garage, a park pavilion, and an expansion of the fire department building.[5] In 1980 the city had 966 residents. In 1982 this figure increased to 4,084.[3] In August 1986 officials announced that the city passed a home rule charter with a passing vote of 306-36. Under a home rule charter Jersey Village gained more taxation and governing powers than it had as a general law city.[5][7] In 1988 the population increased to 5,143. In 1990 Jersey Village had 4,938 residents.[3]

Geography[edit]

Map of Jersey Village

Jersey Village is located at 29°53′26″N 95°34′7″W / 29.89056°N 95.56861°W / 29.89056; -95.56861 (29.890569, -95.568579).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.87%, is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,880 people, 2,840 households, and 1,942 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,014.3 people per square mile (776.7/km²). There were 3,037 housing units at an average density of 889.2/sq mi (342.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.6% White, 4.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 5.09% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.43% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.

There were 2,840 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $68,431, and the median income for a family was $82,689. Males had a median income of $53,984 versus $37,616 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,092. About 3.4% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Municipal Government Center
Police Services
Emergency Services and Fire Department Administration Building

Jersey Village has a home rule charter and a council manager form of government. The city manager acts as the city's chief executive officer. The council, consisting of the mayor and five elected members, serves as the city's legislative body and votes on matters related to city government. The mayor and each council member have two year terms. Each member is limited to four terms as mayor, council member, or both. The mayor votes if the city council has a tie vote. The city manager has no voice in the city council; the city manager attends all council meetings and provides advice. The city manager manages the city council and all city affairs assigned to the city manager by the charter, directives, and ordinances. The city manager also manages and directs the city organization and employees.[5] As of 2006, the city manager is Mike Castro.

The council meets during the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of the Civic Center, which is located at 16327 Lakeview Drive. The city government, through its City Secretary, Lorri Coody, posts the council agendas 72 hours in advance on the city website and on its official bulletin board in the city.[5] As of July 2014, the Mayor is Rod Erskine and the elected Council Members are Harry Beckwith III, PE (Mayor Pro Tem), Sheri Sheppard, Tom Eustace, Justin Ray, and Greg Holden. As of July 2014, Council Member Sheppard is assigned as Liaison to the Recreation and Events Committee, Council Member Ray is assigned as Liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Council Member Holden is assigned as Liaison to the Golf Course Advisory Committee, Council Member Eustace is assigned as liaison to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Council Member Beckwith is assigned as Liaison to the Building Board of Adjustment and Appeals and to the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee.[9] As of 2011 the Chief of Police is Eric Foerster.[10] Jersey Village Emergency Services provides firefighting and EMS services to city residents. As of 2008 Mark Bitz serves as the Fire Chief.[11]

Federal and state representation[edit]

Jersey Village is within Harris County Precinct 4.[12] R. Jack Cagle heads the precinct.[13]

The city includes a regional office of the Texas Department of Public Safety.[14][15]

Jersey Village is located in District 135 of the Texas House of Representatives. As of 2008, Gary Elkins represents the district.[16] Jersey Village is within District 7 of the Texas Senate; as of 2008 Dan Patrick represents the district.[17]

Jersey Village is in Texas's 7th congressional district. As of 2008, John Culberson represents the district.[18] The United States Postal Service operates the nearby Fairbanks Post Office at 7050 Brookhollow West Drive in an unincorporated area.[19] The zip code is 77040. Addresses in Jersey Village are designated as "Houston." Using "Jersey Village, Texas" is acceptable for Jersey Village addresses.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Jersey Village is served by Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Jersey Village is zoned to Post Elementary School, which is located in Jersey Village.[20] Students continue on to Cook Middle School in unincorporated Harris County and Jersey Village High School in Jersey Village.[21][22] Some areas within the Jersey Village city limits are zoned to other elementary and middle schools, yet they have no residents.

When Jersey Village opened, children originally went to CypressFairbanks for schooling. A school site opened in Jersey Village, and Jersey Village High School opened in 1972.[3]

Gallery of schools[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Lone Star College (originally the North Harris Montgomery Community College District) serves the community. The territory in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD joined the community college district in 2000.[23] The system operates the Fairbanks Center in unincorporated Harris County; Fairbanks Center is a part of Lone Star College–CyFair.

Recreation[edit]

Jersey Village offers residents a variety of recreational activities. The town has a golf course, public swimming pool, and public park with playground facilities. There is also a small lake owned and maintained by the Jersey Village homeowners' association with fishing available to residents and guests who have homes on the shores of the lake.

Notable people[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Jersey Village, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Jersey Village city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "The History of Jersey Village." City of Jersey Village. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  6. ^ Lee, Renée C. "Annexed Kingwood split on effects." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 8, 2006. A21. Retrieved on July 6, 2011. "Some of the area communities that incorporated as cities and escaped annexation by Houston:" Print version exclusively has the information cited; the information is not included in the online edition.
  7. ^ "Baycliff [sic] kills incorporation, Jersey Village votes home rule." Houston Chronicle. Monday August 11, 1986. Section 1, Page 9.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Jersey Village City Council." City of Jersey Village. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  10. ^ "Jersey Village Police." City of Jersey Village. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  11. ^ "Emergency Services." City of Jersey Village. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  12. ^ "Parks Map." Harris County Precinct 4. Retrieved on November 22, 2008.
  13. ^ "Welcome to Precinct 4." Harris County Precinct 4. Retrieved on November 22, 2008.
  14. ^ "Zoning Map of the City of Jersey Village, Texas" (Archive). City of Jersey Village. Retrieved on April 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "Regional Contact Information" (Archive) Texas Department of Public Safety. Retrieved on April 24, 2014. "Region 2 (Houston) 12230 West Road Houston, TX 77065"
  16. ^ "District 135." Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  17. ^ "Senate District 7" Map. Senate of Texas. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  18. ^ "Congressional District 7." National Atlas of the United States. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  19. ^ "Post Office Location - FAIRBANKS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  20. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Zones 2008–2009." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  21. ^ "Middle School Attendance Zones 2008–2009." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  22. ^ "High School Attendance Zones 2008–2009." Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  23. ^ "History." North Harris Montgomery Community College District. December 22, 2002. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
  24. ^ "State Rep. Gary W. Elkins District 135 (R-Houston)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 

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