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Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Alvin, Texas is located in Texas
Alvin, Texas
Alvin, Texas
Location in Texas
Alvin, Texas is located in the United States
Alvin, Texas
Alvin, Texas
Location in the United States
Alvin, Texas is located in North America
Alvin, Texas
Alvin, Texas
Location in North America
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
County Brazoria
Incorporated 1893
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 25.14 sq mi (65.11 km2)
 • Land 24.27 sq mi (62.85 km2)
 • Water 0.87 sq mi (2.26 km2)
43 ft (13 m)
 • Total 24,236
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,101.21/sq mi (425.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 281
FIPS code 48-02272
GNIS feature ID 1329478

Alvin is a city in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area and Brazoria County. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city population was 24,236. Alvin's claim to fame is Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, who moved with his family to the city in 1947 as an infant and lived there until he moved to Round Rock in 2003. The Nolan Ryan Museum is in the Nolan Ryan Foundation and Exhibit Center on the campus of Alvin Community College.


The Alvin area was settled in the mid-19th century when bull ranches were established in the area. The Santa Fe Railroad eventually expanded into the area, and a settlement was established along the railroad. Alvin was originally named "Morgan" by the town's residents in honor of the settlement's original resident, Santa Fe employee Alvin Morgan; upon discovery that the name Morgan had been taken, the town named itself after Morgan's first name. The town was officially incorporated in 1893, making it the oldest incorporated settlement in Brazoria County. Alvin Morgan received a land grant from the state of Texas prior to 1891.

On July 25, 1979, Tropical Storm Claudette stalled over Alvin and inundated the region with 45 inches (1,100 mm) of rain in 42 hours. The total included 43 inches (1,100 mm) in 24 hours, the maximum 24-hour rainfall in American history.


Alvin is located in northeastern Brazoria County at 29°23′37″N 95°16′18″W / 29.39361°N 95.27167°W / 29.39361; -95.27167 (29.393698, -95.271588). It is bordered to the northeast by Friendswood and League City in Galveston County, and part of its southeast border is along the village of Hillcrest. Texas State Highway 35 bypasses the center of the city to the east; it leads north 25 miles (40 km) to downtown Houston and southwest 21 miles (34 km) to Angleton, the Brazoria County seat. Texas State Highway 6 crosses Highway 35 and passes through the center of Alvin, leading southeast 30 miles (48 km) to Galveston and 28 miles (45 km) northwest to Sugar Land

According to the United States Census Bureau, Alvin has a total area of 25.6 square miles (66.4 km2), of which 24.3 square miles (62.9 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km2), or 5.26%, is water.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 261
1900 996 281.6%
1910 1,453 45.9%
1920 1,519 4.5%
1930 1,511 −0.5%
1940 3,087 104.3%
1950 3,701 19.9%
1960 5,643 52.5%
1970 10,671 89.1%
1980 16,515 54.8%
1990 19,220 16.4%
2000 21,413 11.4%
2010 24,236 13.2%
2015 (est.) 25,791 6.4%
1930-2000 2010


As of the 2010 Census, the population was 24,236 people, with a population density of 1,475 people per square mile. As of the census of 2000, there were 21,413 people, 7,826 households, and 5,603 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,302.9 people per square mile (503.2/km2). There were 8,442 housing units at an average density of 513.7 per square mile (198.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.28% White, 2.11% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 10.88% from other races, and 3.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.09% of the population.

There were 7,826 households, out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.7% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,576, and the median income for a family was $43,987. Males had a median income of $36,216 versus $22,580 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,016. About 10.8% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


Greyhound Bus Lines operates the Alvin Station at Yellow Jacket Grocery-Citgo.

Postal services

The United States Postal Service operates the Alvin Post Office at 455 East House Street, 77511-9998.

Community information

Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA is located in Alvin.

The Alvin Rotary Club sponsors a yearly Frontier Day celebration, which includes a parade and 5k Fun Run.

Popular culture connections

Alvin was featured in the CMT series Trick my What?, featuring the Froberg family, who have been members of the Alvin community for more than 70 years.


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

  • "Texas Storms in Brazoria County". Retrieved September 22, 2005.


Primary and secondary schools

Alvin High School 2013
Alvin High School

Public schools

Students in Alvin attend schools in the Alvin Independent School District.

Schools within AISD include:

High schools:

  • Alvin High School
  • Manvel High School
  • Shadow Creek High School

Junior high schools:

  • Alvin Junior High
  • Fairview Junior High
  • G.W. Harby Junior High
  • Rodeo Palms Junior High
  • Manvel Junior High
  • Dr.Ronald E. McNair Junior High
  • Nolan Ryan Junior High
  • Jackie Doucet Caffey Junior High

Elementary Schools:

  • Golda Hood-Bobbie Case Elementary
  • Melba L. Passmore Elementary
  • Longfellow Elementary
  • Mark Twain Elementary
  • Dr. James "Red" Duke Elementary
  • Glenn York Elementary
  • Alvin Elementary
  • Walt Disney Elementary
  • Bel Nafegar Elementary
  • Bob and Betty Nelson Elementary
  • Don Jeter Elementary
  • E.C. Mason Elementary
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary
  • Mary Burks Marek Elementary
  • Meridiana Elementary
  • Pomona Elementary
  • Savannah Lakes Elementary
  • Shirley Dill Brothers Elementary

Colleges and universities

Alvin Community College A Building,Texas
Alvin Community College

Alvin Community College provides basic undergraduate courses and adult education. Alvin is in the ACC taxation zone.

Public libraries

The Alvin Library is a part of the Brazoria County Library System. The library closed in 2010 to repair damages done by Hurricane Ike, and during that renovation, a fire broke out causing major smoke damage. The library reopened in June 2011.

Notable people

  • Larry Wade Carrell, actor
  • Bill Crider, author
  • Douglas Duncan, professional bullrider
  • Nathan Eovaldi, Major League Baseball starting pitcher, born 1990
  • Joe Ferguson, former NFL player for the Buffalo Bills, was born in Alvin in 1950
  • Gary Keithley, former NFL player for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Austin Miller, Broadway and television actor, reared in Alvin, grandson of George Stanton, resident of New York City
  • Gunner Olszewski, current wide receiver for the New England Patriots
  • Nolan Ryan, Hall of fame Major League Baseball pitcher, reared in Alvin, resident of Round Rock
  • Randy Weber, member of the United States Congress. In 2012 Weber bought a home in Alvin

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