Dickinson, Texas

Coordinates: 29°27′39″N 95°03′04″W / 29.46083°N 95.05111°W / 29.46083; -95.05111
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Dickinson, Texas
Dickinson City Hall
Dickinson City Hall
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 29°27′39″N 95°03′04″W / 29.46083°N 95.05111°W / 29.46083; -95.05111
CountryUnited States
Named forJohn Dickinson
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorSean Skipworth
 • City ManagerTheo Meloncon
 • Assistant City ManagerChaise Cary
 • City CouncilJohnnie Simpson Jr.
Jenna Simsen
Mark Townsend
Jessie Brantley
Bill Schick
Fred Linton
 • Total10.397 sq mi (26.928 km2)
 • Land9.965 sq mi (25.810 km2)
 • Water0.432 sq mi (1.118 km2)
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
 • Total20,847
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,181/sq mi (842.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC–6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC–5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code281
FIPS code48-20344
GNIS feature ID1334345[2]

Dickinson is a city in Galveston County, Texas, United States, within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The population was 20,847 at the 2020 census.[3]


Queen of Angels Church in Dickinson, Texas

Dickinson is located on a tract of land granted to John Dickinson in 1824, and named after him. A settlement had been established in this area on Dickinson Bayou before 1850. The Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad was built directly through Dickinson. This line was used in the American Civil War to successfully retake Galveston.

The Dickinson Land and Improvement Association was organized in the 1890s by Fred M. Nichols and eight other businessmen. It marketed to potential farmers with claims of the soil's suitability for food crops, and to socialites with the creation of the Dickinson Picnic Grounds and other attractions. By 1911, the Galveston–Houston Electric Railway had three stops in Dickinson, and the Oleander Country Club was a popular destination for prominent Galvestonians.

In 1905, Italian ambassador Baron Mayor des Planches convinced about 150 Italians from crowded eastern cities to move to Dickinson. They joined the dozens relocated there after flooding in Bryan forced them to seek new homes.

During the 1920s, Dickinson became a significant tourist destination resulting from investment by the Maceo crime syndicate which ran Galveston during this time. The syndicate created gambling venues in the city such as the Silver Moon casino.[5]

The City of Dickinson constructed a new multimillion-dollar city hall and library complex which was dedicated June 30, 2009. The complex is located at 4403 Highway 3.

In May 2009 the city began hosting a crawfish festival, called the Red, White and Bayou crawfish festival. The city decided in 2018 not to continue with the festival. In August 2022 the city resumed the festival.[6]

In August 2017, Dickinson was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Ninety percent of the city was flooded during the storm and 50% was destroyed by flooding.[7]

In January 2021, Dickinson made national news by the Mayoral election run-off ending in a tie (1,010 votes to 1010 votes), Mayor Sean Skipworth was selected by drawing a name out of a hat.[8]

In August 2021, Dickinson made national news again when Council Member Position 1, H. Scott Apley died of the COVID-19 virus after making many anti-mask and anti-vaccine social media posts.[9] Johnnie Simpson Jr., a United Methodist Pastor, won the seat after earning 49% of the vote in a four-way special election, and 60.3% of the vote in a runoff.[10]


Map of Dickinson

Dickinson is located at 29°27′39″N 95°03′05″W / 29.4607876°N 95.0513173°W / 29.4607876; -95.0513173 (29.4607876, -95.0513173). This is about 28 miles (45 km) southeast of Houston and 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Galveston.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.397 square miles (26.93 km2), of which 9.965 square miles (25.81 km2) is land and 0.432 square miles (1.12 km2), or 4.32%, is water.[1]


Historical population
1904 149—    
1914 250+67.8%
1930 760+204.0%
1931 760+0.0%
1933 1,000+31.6%
1945 1,500+50.0%
1950 2,704+80.3%
1952 3,500+29.4%
1960 4,715+34.7%
1961 4,715+0.0%
1970 10,776+128.5%
1980 7,505−30.4%
1990 11,692+55.8%
2000 17,093+46.2%
2002 17,688+3.5%
2010 18,680+5.6%
2020 20,847+11.6%
2021 21,697+4.1%
2022 21,738+0.2%
2024 21,834+0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1904, 1914, 1931, 1933,
1945, 1952, 1961 & 2002[12]
2020 Census[3]
2022 Estimate[4]
2024 Estimate[15]

2020 census[edit]

Dickinson racial composition[16]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 9,507 45.6%
Black or African American (NH) 2,202 10.56%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 61 0.29%
Asian (NH) 514 2.47%
Pacific Islander (NH) 14 0.07%
Some Other Race (NH) 82 0.39%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 713 3.42%
Hispanic or Latino 7,754 37.19%
Total 20,847 100.00%

As of the 2020 census, there were 20,847 people, 7,290 households, and 5,379 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,135.32 per square mile (824.46/km2). There were 8,249 housing units at an average density of _ per square mile (_/km2). The racial makeup was 55.1% (11,494) White, 37.2% (7,754) Hispanic or Latino, 10.9% (2,276) African American, 16.2% (3,381) two or more races, 14.0% (2,915) other races, 2.5% (531) Asian, 1.1% (230) Native American and 0.1% (20) Pacific Islander.

Of the 7,290 households, 38.8% had children under the age of 18; 50.2% were married couples living together; 25.6% had a female householder with no spouse or partner present. 35.0% of households consisted of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.6 and the average family size was 3.2.

28.2% of the population was under the age of 18, _% from 18 to 24, _% from 25 to 44, _% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.6 years. For every _ females, there were _ males. For every _ females ages 18 and older, there were _ males.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census, there were 17,093 people, 6,162 households, and 4,522 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,770.7 inhabitants per square mile (683.7/km2). There were 6,556 housing units at an average density of 679.1 per square mile (262.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.35% White, 10.52% African American, 0.64% Native American, 1.21% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 12.82% from other races, and 2.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.90% of the population.

There were 6,162 households, out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.5% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,984, and the median income for a family was $46,585. Males had a median income of $36,391 versus $26,943 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,785. About 9.5% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Dickinson City Hall is located at 4403 Highway 3 and the Dickinson Public Library is located at 4411 Highway 3. The Dickinson Police Department is located at 4000 Liggio Street. There are fire stations at 4500 FM 517 East, which also houses EMS, and 221 FM 517 West. The fire department is run by Volunteers. The Dickinson Post Office is located at 2515 Termini Street.[19]

The National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Office and the Galveston Office of Emergency Management offices share a facility in League City; the facility has a Dickinson postal address.[20]


Public schools[edit]

Dickinson High School
Dickinson, Texas water tower.

Most of Dickinson is a part of the Dickinson Independent School District. Some of it is a part of the Santa Fe Independent School District.[21]

The following schools serve the Dickinson ISD portion:

  • Elementary schools
    • Calder Road Elementary School (Pre-K–3rd Grade)
    • Bay Colony Elementary School (Pre-K–3rd Grade)
    • Hughes Road Elementary School (Pre-K–3rd Grade)
    • Jake Sibernagel Elementary School (Pre-K–3rd Grade)
    • K. E. Little Elementary School (Pre-K–3rd Grade) [serves Bacliff portion of DISD]
    • San Leon Elementary School (Pre-K–3rd Grade) [serves San Leon portion of DISD]
    • Louis G. Lobit Elementary School (Pre-K–3rd Grade)
  • Middle schools
    • John and Shamarion Barber Middle School (4th–5th Grade)
    • Dunbar Middle School (4th–5th Grade)
    • Elva C. Lobit Middle School (4th–5th Grade)
  • Junior high schools
    • R.D. McAdams Junior High School (6th–8th Grade)
    • Eugene Kranz Junior High School (6th-8th Grade)
    • Dickinson Junior High School (6th-8th Grade)
  • High schools

Before the 2004–2005 school year, all DISD elementary schools provided education for Pre-K through 5th grades. But Barber Elementary School was turned into a Middle School center for 5th grade from the 2004/05 school year to the 2007/08 school year. For the 2008/09 school year, a newly built Barber Middle School built off FM 517 and Dunbar Middle School (which previously only held the 6th grade) was set to both hold 5th–6th grades. Students will be separated into schools based on where they reside.

As of the 2023-2024 School year two new junior high's were built. The Eugene 'Gene' Kranz Junior High School opened in 2018 serving 7th & 8th until the start of the 23-24 school year, and Dickinson Junior High who along with Kranz Junior High now serves 6th-8th grade as of the 2023-2024 school year. All the elemtaries now serve Pre K-3rd, and all middle schools serve 4th & 5th.

Bay Area Charter Middle School is a state charter school in Dickinson.

Private schools[edit]

True Cross School, a Roman Catholic pre-K–8 school operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is in Dickinson.[22] True Cross School was the first Roman Catholic school on the Galveston County mainland. The school was unusable due to Hurricane Harvey. The students attended classes at Our Lady of Fatima in Texas City, Texas. The school reopened for the 2019–2020 school year.

Queen of Angels Academy, a school of the Society of St. Pius X, is located at the original Holy Cross location, and provides a classical Catholic education. Queen of Angels parish also has the traditional Latin Mass daily. Although the church structure was built in 1947, the interior has been renovated to reflect their attachment to Catholic tradition. The sanctuary, containing the main altar, has been praised for its beauty by many visitors.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Dickinson is served by the College of the Mainland, a community college in Texas City.

Public libraries[edit]

Dickinson Public Library, operated by the city, is located at 4411 Highway 3.[23]

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Galveston County Department of Parks and Senior Services operates the Dickinson Community Center at 2714 Highway 3.[24]

Dickinson Bayou is a bayou that flows in and out of the city of Dickinson.

Parks are numerous around the city. Paul Hopkins Park on 517 is host to the Festival of Lights each December. Elva Lobit Park and Zempter Park are parks that host the city's youth baseball leagues. A state-maintained boat dock is present at the Highway 3 and 146 bridges.

Notable people[edit]


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  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[17][18]

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