Magnolia, Texas

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Magnolia, Texas
City
Location of Magnolia, Texas
Location of Magnolia, Texas
Coordinates: 30°12′38″N 95°45′2″W / 30.21056°N 95.75056°W / 30.21056; -95.75056Coordinates: 30°12′38″N 95°45′2″W / 30.21056°N 95.75056°W / 30.21056; -95.75056
Country United States
State Texas
County Montgomery
Incorporated 1968
Government[1]
 • Type General Law Type A
 • Mayor Todd Kana
 • City Council Matthew "Doc" Dantzer
John Bramlett
Richard Carby (Mayor pro tem)
Brenda Hoppe
Jonny Williams
Area[2]
 • Total 2.8 sq mi (7.3 km2)
 • Land 2.8 sq mi (7.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 269 ft (82 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,393
 • Density 500/sq mi (190/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77353-77355
Area code(s) 281/832
FIPS code 48-46056[3]
GNIS feature ID 1340838[4]

Magnolia is a city in southwestern Montgomery County, Texas, United States within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. It is named for the magnolia trees that grew in the area.[5] The population was 1,393 at the 2010 United States Census.

Geography[edit]

Magnolia is located at 30°12′38″N 95°45′2″W / 30.21056°N 95.75056°W / 30.21056; -95.75056 (30.210476, -95.750631).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) all of which is land.[2]

History[edit]

The first settlement in the Magnolia area was a town named Mink Prairie, founded in about 1845 when a farmer named Mink built a homestead.[7] By 1850, the town's name was shortened to Mink.[7] After the Civil War, Mink's population swelled due to an influx of settlers from Kentucky and Tennessee, resulting in a post office being built in 1885.[7] In 1902, the International-Great Northern Railroad (now operated by Union Pacific), decided to build a railroad to the north of Mink, causing most of the residents of Mink to move closer to the railroad line.[7] The new town was named Melton in honor of a wealthy landowner who lived in the area.[8] However, the postal service kept confusing the name with a different town called "Milton," prompting local officials to change the name to Magnolia.[8] In 1903, the Mink post office moved to the new town of Magnolia, as the old town of Mink would soon become abandoned.[7][5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 315
1980 867 175.2%
1990 940 8.4%
2000 1,111 18.2%
2010 1,393 25.4%
Est. 2016 1,985 [9] 42.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census of 2010,[11] there were 1,393 people, 529 households, and 365 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 81.3% White, 10.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 5.7% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.7% of the population.

There were 529 households out of which 49.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 19, 5.9% from 20 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.8 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

According to the 2015 American Community Survey,[12] the median income for a household in the city was $43,594, and the median income for a family was $61,250. Males had a median income of $26,938 versus $20,490 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,752. About 16.4% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.5% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Local Government[edit]

As an incorporated city with a population of less than 5000, Magnolia is designated as a general law city under the Constitution of Texas.[13] It is governed at the local level by an elected mayor and five council members. The current mayor is Todd Kana. Council member Richard Carby also serves as mayor pro tem. The other council members are Matthew "Doc" Dantzer, John Bramlett, Brenda Hoppe, and Jonny Williams.[1]

In 2011 the citizenry voted to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages. Magnolia was the last "dry" city in Montgomery County.[14]

City of Magnolia Comprehensive Plan[edit]

On April 9th, 2013, the Magnolia City Council adopted a 20-year comprehensive plan entitled, "Magnolia on the Move."[15] In the plan, the city outlines its vision for dealing with the projected business and residential growth in the area. The plan starts by identifying distinctive land use types that exist throughout the city and surrounding area:

  • Rural
  • Parks and Urban Space
  • Residential Estate
  • Suburban Residential
  • Semi-Urban Residential/Neighborhood Conservation
  • Neighborhood Conservation Mixed
  • Suburban Village
  • Auto-Urban Commercial
  • Magnolia Town Center and Unity Plaza
  • Business Park
  • Industrial
  • Public/Institutional

Each of these types is given defined boundaries within Magnolia and the projected growth areas around Magnolia. The city plans to develop each type in a different way to preserve the character of these distinctive areas. As Magnolia expands its city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction through annexation, it plans to carefully manage the growth of these areas to conform with the land types designated above.

State Government[edit]

In the Texas Senate, Magnolia is part of District 4, represented by Republican Brandon Creighton. In the Texas House of Representatives, Magnolia is part of District 3, represented by Cecil Bell Jr.[16]

Federal Government[edit]

In the United States Senate, Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz represent the entire state of Texas. In the United States House of Representatives, Magnolia is part of District 8, represented by Republican Kevin Brady.[16]

The United States Postal Service Magnolia Post Office is located at 815 Goodson Road.[17]

Transportation[edit]

Magnolia is located at the intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774.

FM 1488 connects Magnolia to Interstate 45 to the east in between Conroe and The Woodlands. Its western terminus is Hempstead.

FM 1774, also known as Magnolia Boulevard to the south, becomes SH 249 in Pinehurst a few miles north of Tomball. SH 249 continues into Houston. To the north of Magnolia, FM 1774 travels to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission.

Education[edit]

The city of Magnolia is part of the Magnolia Independent School District.[18]

The Montgomery County Memorial Library System operates the Malcom Purvis Branch in the city.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Magnolia has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[19]

Climate data for David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport near Tomball, Texas, 1981–2010 normals,[a] extremes 1888–present[b]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 84
(29)
91
(33)
96
(36)
95
(35)
99
(37)
107
(42)
105
(41)
109
(43)
109
(43)
99
(37)
89
(32)
85
(29)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 61.5
(16.4)
65.6
(18.7)
72.1
(22.3)
78.7
(25.9)
85.7
(29.8)
90.4
(32.4)
93.1
(33.9)
93.8
(34.3)
89.2
(31.8)
82.6
(28.1)
71.7
(22.1)
64.5
(18.1)
79.1
(26.2)
Daily mean °F (°C) 51.5
(10.8)
55.1
(12.8)
60.8
(16)
67.9
(19.9)
75.8
(24.3)
80.8
(27.1)
82.1
(27.8)
82.6
(28.1)
78.0
(25.6)
70.1
(21.2)
60.0
(15.6)
52.9
(11.6)
68.2
(20.1)
Average low °F (°C) 41.4
(5.2)
44.7
(7.1)
49.5
(9.7)
57.1
(13.9)
65.9
(18.8)
71.2
(21.8)
71.2
(21.8)
71.4
(21.9)
66.7
(19.3)
57.5
(14.2)
48.3
(9.1)
41.2
(5.1)
57.2
(14)
Record low °F (°C) 5
(−15)
6
(−14)
21
(−6)
31
(−1)
42
(6)
52
(11)
62
(17)
54
(12)
45
(7)
29
(−2)
19
(−7)
7
(−14)
5
(−15)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.55
(90.2)
3.03
(77)
3.59
(91.2)
3.39
(86.1)
4.77
(121.2)
5.22
(132.6)
3.84
(97.5)
4.70
(119.4)
4.57
(116.1)
5.30
(134.6)
4.72
(119.9)
3.80
(96.5)
50.48
(1,282.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9 8 9 7 8 10 10 8 8 8 8 10 101
Source: NOAA (precipitation days 2000-2017 at Bush International)[21][22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the highest and lowest temperature readings during an entire month or year) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010.
  2. ^ Official records for the entire Houston area were kept at the Weather Bureau in downtown Houston from July 1888 to May 1969, and at George Bush Intercontinental Airport since June 1969.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mayor and City Council. City of Magnolia, Texas. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b 2016 Gazetteer: Texas Places. United States Census Bureau. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b Magnolia, TX (Montgomery County). Handbook of Texas: June 15, 2010. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Jackson, Charles Christopher. Mink Texas. Handbook of Texas Online: June 10, 2010. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Town of Magnolia. County Genweb: October 18, 2016. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ General Population and Housing Characteristics: Magnolia city, Texas. United States Census Bureau. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Selected Economic Characteristics: Magnolia city, Texas. United States Census Bureau. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  13. ^ Texas Constitution, Article XI, Section 4.
  14. ^ "Pasadena, Lamar OK bond issues." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday November 8, 2011. Retrieved on November 11, 2011.
  15. ^ Magnolia on the Move: Comprehensive Plan. City of Magnolia, Texas: Adopted April 9, 2013. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  16. ^ a b Who Represents Me: Magnolia. Texas Legislative Council. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  17. ^ "Post Office Location - MAGNOLIA." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  18. ^ Attendance Zones. Magnolia Independent School District. Accessed on July 9, 2017.
  19. ^ Climate Summary for Magnolia, Texas
  20. ^ ThreadEx
  21. ^ "Data Tools: 1981-2010 Normals for Hooks Memorial Airport". National Centers for Environmental Information. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  22. ^ "NOWData: Monthly Summarized Data for Bush Intercontinental Airport". National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 

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