Splendora, Texas

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Welcome sign outside of city hall
Welcome sign outside of city hall
The Switch 1896
Location of Splendora, Texas
Location of Splendora, Texas
Splendora is located in Texas
Location within Texas
Coordinates: 30°13′13″N 95°10′2″W / 30.22028°N 95.16722°W / 30.22028; -95.16722Coordinates: 30°13′13″N 95°10′2″W / 30.22028°N 95.16722°W / 30.22028; -95.16722
CountryUnited States
 • MayorDorothy Welch
 • City CouncilTracy Holloway
Evelyn Myers
Mike Clark
David Aden
Robin Hood Chavez
 • Total3.07 sq mi (7.95 km2)
 • Land3.04 sq mi (7.87 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
 • Total1,615
 • Estimate 
 • Density741.78/sq mi (286.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)281 Exchange: 689
FIPS code48-69548[4]
GNIS feature ID1347662[5]

Splendora is a town in Montgomery County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,615 at the 2010 census. Splendora was named in reference to the "splendor of its floral environment."[6]


In the late 1800s, The Houston, East and West Texas Railway (now the Union Pacific Railroad), at the suggestion of Charles Cox, decided to build a narrow-gauge spur at the location of what is now Splendora. The location was originally known as "Cox's Switch."[6] The area slowly grew more populated after W.W. Burrow built a general store in the area in 1883.[7] In 1896, Cox recommended to the town's postmaster, Milton Z. King, that the town's name should be changed. They decided to change the name to Splendora because of the "splendor of its floral environment."[6][7] The town was incorporated in December 1966.[6]


Splendora is located at 30°13′13″N 95°10′2″W / 30.22028°N 95.16722°W / 30.22028; -95.16722 (30.220237, -95.167232),[8] which is approximately 37 miles North-North-East of Houston, Texas.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)2,255[3]39.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the 2010 United States Census,[10] there were 1,615 people, 548 households, and 306 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 92.6% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 3.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.8% of the population.

There were 548 households, out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

According to the 2015 American Community Survey, The median income for a household in the city was $37,431 and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $27,763 versus $16,809 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,609. About 25.8% of families and 31.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 53.3% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

City Hall

Splendora is governed locally by a City Council consisting of a mayor and 5 council members. The current mayor is Dorothy Welch. Council members are Tracy Holloway, Evelyn Myers, Mike Clark, David Aden, and Robin Hood Chavez.[1]

In the Texas State Senate, Splendora is part of District 4, represented by Republican Brandon Creighton. In the Texas House of Representatives, Splendora is part of District 16, represented by Republican Will Metcalf.[11]

In the United States Senate, Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz represent the entire state of Texas. In the United States House of Representatives, Splendora is part of District 8, represented by Republican Kevin Brady.[11]

The United States Postal Service Splendora Post Office is located at 26130 Farm to Market Road 2090 East.[12]


Splendora High School, Splendora ISD.

Children who live in Splendora attend schools within the Splendora Independent School District.[13]

The Texas Legislature designated Splendora ISD (and therefore Splendora) as part of Lone Star College (originally the North Harris Montgomery Community College District).[14] The territory in Splendora ISD joined the community college district in 1996.[15]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b City Council City of Splendora, TX. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ a b c d Borjas, Rebecca L. Splendora, TX. Handbook of Texas Online: June 15, 2010. Accessed on June 25, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Duke, Linda. Splendora: Montgomery County, Texas. County Genweb: October 18, 2016. Accessed on June 25, 2017.
  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. ^ 2010 Census: Splendora City, Texas Archived 2020-02-13 at archive.today United States Census Bureau. Accessed on June 25, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Who Represents Me: Splendora. Texas Legislative Council. Accessed on June 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "Post Office Location - SPLENDORA Archived 2012-07-18 at archive.today." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  13. ^ Splendora Independent School District. Accessed on June 25, 2017.
  14. ^ Texas Education Code, Sec. 130.191. LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM DISTRICT SERVICE AREA..
  15. ^ "History." North Harris Montgomery Community College District. December 22, 2002. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
  16. ^ Hveem, Todd (30 April 2007). "Robison first Splendora athlete drafted by NFL". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  17. ^ Robbie Middleton, Boy Set On Fire, Said In Deathbed Video Don Collins Raped Him Before Attack. Huffington Post: October 17, 2012. Accessed on June 25, 2017.
  18. ^ Anspon, Catherine D. The Return of a Master: James Surls Paper City Magazine: May 2, 2016. Accessed on June 25, 2017.

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