Location of Sheldon, Texas
|• Total||2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)|
|• Land||2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||46 ft (14 m)|
|• Density||770/sq mi (300/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||713 281|
|GNIS feature ID||1380920|
Sheldon opened in the 1850s and served as a retail marketing point for agricultural goods and lumber from an area on the San Jacinto River. Its name originated from Henry K. Sheldon, who was a stockholder in a railroad company. In 1887 a post office opened. In 1896 Sheldon had 50 residents and a general store and a grocer. In 1905 it had a school. In the 1940s it had 150 residents and ten businesses. In the 1950s Sheldon had 200 residents. In 1955 the post office closed. In 1980 Sheldon had 1,665 residents. In 1990 it had 1,653 residents. In 2000 it had 1,831 residents.
In a 10-year period before 2011, the population increased by 46%.
Sheldon is located at (29.860569, -95.133801).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all of it land.
Sheldon is located in northeastern Harris County. It is located along U.S. Highway 90 and the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. It is east of the Sheldon Reservoir and Wildlife Management Area, and it is 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Downtown Houston.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,831 people, 546 households, and 447 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 709.0 people per square mile (274.0/km²). There were 600 housing units at an average density of 232.3 per square mile (89.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 78.92% White, 2.73% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 14.64% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.68% of the population.
There were 546 households out of which 46.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.1% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.35 and the average family size was 3.61.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 34.6% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,981, and the median income for a family was $45,219. Males had a median income of $31,071 versus $26,599 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,309. About 9.0% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
Sheldon residents are zoned to Sheldon Independent School District.
In 1905 the school in Sheldon had 39 African American students and one teacher, and 15 White students and one teacher.
- "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.
- "Sheldon, Texas." Handbook of Texas. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
- Meeks, Flori. "Population surges in South Belt area." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday March 1, 2011. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
- "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Sheldon CDP, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Attendance Zone Update." Sheldon Independent School District. Retrieved on November 14, 2011.