Sealy water tower
|Motto: A History of Excellence. A Future of Progress.|
Location of Sealy, Texas
|• Type||Mayor-Council |
|• Mayor||Nick Tirey |
|• State Representative||Lois Kolkhorst |
|• State Senator||Glenn Hegar (R) |
|• U.S. House||Michael McCaul (R) |
|• Total||10.2 sq mi (26.3 km2)|
|• Land||10.0 sq mi (25.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||200 ft (61 m)|
|• Density||601/sq mi (232.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1346849|
Sealy is a city in Austin County in southeastern Texas, United States, within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The population was 6,019 at the 2010 census. Sealy is located 50 miles (80 km) west of the downtown Houston area.
Sealy is located at (29.774182, -96.157570).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.3 km2), of which 10.0 square miles (25.9 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 1.39%, is water.
San Felipe, Texas, sold part of its original 22,000-acre (8,900 ha) township to the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad to create Sealy in 1879. Sealy gets its name after business tycoon and majority stock holder of the GCSF RR, George Sealy of Galveston. In 1881, Daniel Haynes, a cotton gin builder, filled a request for a cotton-filled mattress which started a company. He named this the Sealy Mattress Company after the town. Business grew exponentially, which led to more innovation and several patents, such as a machine that compressed cotton.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,248 people, 1,882 households, and 1,349 families residing in the city. The population density was 759.3 people per square mile (293.2/km²). There were 2,077 housing units at an average density of 300.5 per square mile (116.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.1% White, 12.3% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 12.88% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.43% of the population.
There were 1,882 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,277, and the median income for a family was $40,348. Males had a median income of $28,720 versus $20,793 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,986. About 11.2% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.
Pupils in Sealy are zoned to schools in Sealy Independent School District. The schools in Sealy ISD are Selman Elementary School (Pre-Kindergarten to third grade), Selman Intermediate School (4-5), Sealy Junior High School (6-8), and Sealy High School (9-12). All of the schools are in Sealy. Blinn College at the Sealy Mall serves Sealy.
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