El Lago, Texas

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El Lago, Texas
Location in Harris County and the state of Texas
Location in Harris County and the state of Texas
Coordinates: 29°34′20″N 95°2′37″W / 29.57222°N 95.04361°W / 29.57222; -95.04361Coordinates: 29°34′20″N 95°2′37″W / 29.57222°N 95.04361°W / 29.57222; -95.04361
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyHarris
Area
 • Total0.71 sq mi (1.84 km2)
 • Land0.64 sq mi (1.67 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total3,090
 • Density4,135.09/sq mi (1,596.80/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
77586
Area code281
FIPS code48-23164[3]
GNIS feature ID1377176[2]
Websitewww.ellago-tx.com

El Lago is a city in Harris County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,090 at the 2020 census.[4]

El Lago has particular historical significance as it sits on the site of one of the main hide-outs for the French pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte.[5][6]

History[edit]

The city of El Lago was established in 1961 and over the years has been home to at least 47 astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon; Buzz Aldrin, the lunar module pilot on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission and the second person to walk on the moon; Jim Lovell, the command module pilot of Apollo 8 (making him one of the first three humans to fly to the Moon) and commander of the Apollo 13 mission; Story Musgrave, veteran of six space shuttle flights on five different orbiters; and Peggy Whitson, who in 2017 became the first female astronaut to command the International Space Station. Many houses in the neighborhood were custom built specifically for the astronauts and their families. The local elementary school is named for Ed White, who was the first american to walk in space, and there are two parks named for astronauts. There's the Neil Armstrong Park and McNair Memorial Park, named for astronaut Ronald McNair, who was killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. There is a pavilion named for Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a former astronaut and director of Johnson Space Center. In addition, the city's logo features a space shuttle.[7]

Geography[edit]

Map of El Lago

El Lago is located at 29°34′20″N 95°2′37″W / 29.57222°N 95.04361°W / 29.57222; -95.04361 (29.572147, –95.043680).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), of which 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 8.45%, is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19702,308
19803,12935.6%
19903,2694.5%
20003,075−5.9%
20102,706−12.0%
20203,09014.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
El Lago racial composition as of 2020[10]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 2,236 72.36%
Black or African American (NH) 73 2.36%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 13 0.42%
Asian (NH) 54 1.75%
Some Other Race (NH) 29 0.94%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 156 5.05%
Hispanic or Latino 529 17.12%
Total 3,090

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,090 people, 1,042 households, and 768 families residing in the city.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,075 people, 1,303 households, and 870 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,709.3 people per square mile (1,826.6/km2). There were 1,409 housing units at an average density of 2,157.8/sq mi (837.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.50% White, 0.78% African American, 0.46% Native American, 1.40% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.37% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.04% of the population.

There were 1,303 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $66,223, and the median income for a family was $90,446. Males had a median income of $66,000 versus $40,302 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,454. About 2.2% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The City of El Lago is a Type A general Municipality. Operating under a strong Mayoral form of government. The City council is composed of 5 Council Persons and a non-voting Mayor. The Mayors may vote to break a tie. Each position serves for a two-year term.[13]

The Lakeview Police Department serves El Lago and Taylor Lake Village. In 1986 the two cities decided to merge their police departments. The merger was finished in January 1987.[14] The administration is in El Lago.[15]

The Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department provides fire services.[16]

Harris Health System (formerly Harris County Hospital District) designated Strawberry Health Center in Pasadena for ZIP code 77586. The nearest public hospital is Ben Taub General Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.[17]

Education[edit]

Pupils in El Lago attend schools in Clear Creek Independent School District. The community is within the Board of Trustees District 1,[18][19]

The City of El Lago has two elementary school within the city boundaries; Ed White Elementary School.[20] Other zoned schools include Seabrook Intermediate School (Seabrook),[21] and Clear Falls High School (League City).[22]

Residents were previously zoned to Clear Lake High School in Clear Lake City, Houston.[23]

Bay Area Charter Elementary School is a state charter school located in El Lago.

The portion of Clear Creek ISD in Harris County (and therefore El Lago) is assigned to San Jacinto College.[24]

Parks[edit]

Harris County Precinct 2 operates the Bay Area Community Center at 5002 NASA Road 1 in nearby Pasadena.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: El Lago, Texas
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): El Lago city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Chang, Yushan (2006). Newcomer's Handbook Neighborhood Guide: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin. Portland, OR: First Books. p. 187. ISBN 0-912301-70-8.
  6. ^ "Clear Lake Area Communities". Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved 10 Nov 2009.
  7. ^ "The most NASA neighborhoods".
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-23.
  11. ^ http://www.census.gov[not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  13. ^ "City Council | el Lago, TX - Official Website".
  14. ^ "Home." Lakeview Police Department. Retrieved on March 18, 2014.
  15. ^ "Contact Information." Lakeview Police Department. Retrieved on March 18, 2014. "ADMINISTRATION: 98 Lakeshore Drive El Lago, Texas 77586"
  16. ^ "Lakeview Police and Seabrook Volunteer Fire Departments Archived 2014-03-18 at the Wayback Machine." City of El Lago. Retrieved on March 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "Clinic/Emergency/Registration Center Directory By ZIP Code". Harris County Hospital District. 2001-11-19. Archived from the original on 2001-11-19. Retrieved 2021-04-08. - See ZIP code 77586. See this map for relevant ZIP code.
  18. ^ District 1 Map Archived February 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Clear Creek Independent School District. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  19. ^ "School Board Members: Bios and Contact Information Archived December 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine." Clear Creek Independent School District. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  20. ^ White Elementary School attendance zone." Clear Creek Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  21. ^ Seabrook Intermediate attendance zone. Clear Creek Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  22. ^ Clear Falls High attendance zone. Clear Creek Independent School District. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  23. ^ "Clear Creek High School Boundary." Clear Creek Independent School District. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  24. ^ "Sec. 130.174. COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND DISTRICT SERVICE AREA. Sec. 130.197. SAN JACINTO COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA".
  25. ^ "Bay Area Community Center Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine." Harris County, Texas. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  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.[11][12]

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