City Hall, Downtown, Manor
Location of Manor, Texas
|• Mayor||Rita G Jonse|
|• City Manager||Thomas Bolt|
|• Total||7.35 sq mi (18.48 km2)|
|• Land||7.35 sq mi (18.48 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||531 ft (162 m)|
|Population (2014 Estimate)|
|• Density||1,013.9/sq mi (403.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||512 & 737|
|GNIS feature ID||1340895|
Manor (// MAY-ner) is a city in Travis County, Texas, United States. Manor is located 12 miles northeast of Austin and is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The population was 5,037 at the 2010 census. Manor is one of the faster-growing suburbs of Austin.
Manor is located along US Hwy. 290 at (30.343071, -97.556710), 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Austin. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.35 square miles (18.48 km2), all of it land.
Economy and transportation
In 2006, the first parts of a central Texas tollway system opened, which included State Highway 130 and State Highway 45. These roads increased accessibility to Manor. A Walmart was built on the east side of town near the junction of U.S. Highway 290 and FM 973. Manor Medical Center broke ground in 2013.
Manor has also been the location for a number of movies, notably What's Eating Gilbert Grape starring Johnny Depp. The story centered on an autistic boy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who regularly disrupted the town’s tranquility by climbing Manor’s old water tower. The tank, although no longer used, remains a landmark in the downtown district.
Manor was initially considered as the site for a new international airport to replace the overcrowded Robert Mueller Municipal Airport; however, several environmental lawsuits were brought by the Sierra Club and others, slowing development until an alternative was presented by the closing of Bergstrom Air Force Base further south. This facility was rebuilt into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport which opened in 1999.
The City of Manor was the first government agency in the United States to deploy a QR Code program to disseminate information to residents and tourists. There are currently 24 fixed mounted QR Code signs placed throughout Manor on various city landmarks and structures. Manor has agreements with more than a dozen other small companies for various high-tech services.
Parks and recreation
The Manor area offers abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Jennie Lane Park in downtown Manor is the center of most community-oriented events such as the Manor Farmers Market, Summertime Movie Series, and Christmas in the Park. The park is a "Smart Park" with WiFi access and coded signage accessible by smartphones for retrieving historical and other information. The park consists of a gazebo, pavilion, and outdoor exercise equipment provided by a grant from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department’s Steps to a Healthier Austin Program.
East Metro Park is a multiple-use recreational area with ball fields, soccer fields, basketball court, playscapes, hiking trails, stock ponds, and both free and fee reserved pavilions. The park also includes a swimming pool managed by the YMCA of Austin and is five minutes southeast of Manor.
Wildhorse Creek & ShadowGlen & Stonewater subdivisions include parks, playscapes, and multi-use fields. ShadowGlen amenities include a 4-acre (16,000 m2) water park and junior Olympic-size pool. Adjacent to ShadowGlen subdivision is one of Golf Digest’s America’s Best New Courses of 2004.
Manor was named for James B. Manor, who settled on Gilleland Creek west of present day downtown Manor. In 1842, Manor constructed a two story frame home retaining the cabin at the rear of the house as the kitchen. That house served as the first stage stop out of Austin, and as a post office when stage service from Austin to Houston was shifted through the area in 1857.
A school for boys began operation northwest of the present Manor High School complex in 1854 and was followed in 1858 by a school for girls near the present Manor Elementary School. The boy’s school closed in 1861 during the Civil War but boys were eventually admitted to the seminary and it came to be called Parsons Seminary and eventually Parsons Academy. It continued to serve both boys and girls as one of the leading private educational institutions in the area until the day of the public school system and was deeded to the Manor Public School in 1890.
A post office was reestablished in the Manor home in 1859 under the name of Grassdale with James Manor again serving as Post Master. Again in 1867, a post office operated out of the Manor home this time being couriered by horseback. This post office operated under the name of Gregg. A mercantile store was built in 1868 the present cemetery and was followed by a second store in 1869.
In late 1871 as the Houston and Texas Central Railway constructed the first railroad link to the Texas capital, James Manor made a donation of right-of-way which brought the line through what is now the town. The inaugural train arrived in Austin on Christmas Day 1871. The following year the community of Manor was laid out and named. It was incorporated as a town in March 1913 and converted to a general law city in 1921 with expectations of continued growth. Following two devastating fires that destroyed most of the business district coupled with the decline of cotton production after the arrival of the boll weevil, Manor remained a small city throughout most of the twentieth century.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,204 people, 405 households, and 289 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,051.7 people per square mile (407.8/km2). There were 436 housing units at an average density of 380.8/sq mi (147.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 53.16% White, 16.94% African American, 1.50% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.58% Pacific Islander, 25.66% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.75% of the population.
There were 405 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.54.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $40,455. Males had a median income of $32,857 versus $22,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,607. About 8.9% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.
In popular culture
- The film What's Eating Gilbert Grape, starring actors Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed briefly in and around Manor, Texas as well as Austin, Texas and Pflugerville, Texas.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Manor is poised to grow, developers and city officials agree - b | www.statesman.com
- Economic tide rises in Manor - Austin Business Journal
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Manor – Travis : Alpha List & Contact Directory : Community Profiles : Site Selection : The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
- Walmart creating 400 new jobs in Central Texas | www.statesman.com
- Ground Breaking News-Manor Medical Center | The Blackland Reporter
- Why the High-Tech Industry Loves Manor, Texas | Inc.com
- The Complete History Of Best New Courses : Golf Digest
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- What's Eating Gilbert Grape
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Manor, Texas.|
- Manor Chamber of Commerce
- Manor Independent School District
- City of Manor's Homepage
- Manor Library
- Manor Newspaper
- The Arthur J. Higgins Texas Films Collection, no. 13 - Manor, 1937, from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image