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Angleton, Texas
The Brazoria County Courthouse, located in Angleton
The Brazoria County Courthouse, located in Angleton
Nickname(s): 
"The Heart of Brazoria County"
Location of Angleton in Brazoria County, Texas
Location of Angleton in Brazoria County, Texas
Country  United States
State Texas Texas
County Brazoria
Incorporated November 12, 1912
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 11.69 sq mi (30.28 km2)
 • Land 11.67 sq mi (30.23 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
30 ft (9.1 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 18,862
 • Estimate 
(2019)
19,431
 • Density 1,665.04/sq mi (642.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
77515-77516
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-03264
GNIS feature ID 1351127

Angleton is a city in and the county seat of Brazoria County, Texas, United States, within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. Angleton lies at the intersection of State Highway 288, State Highway 35, and the Union Pacific Railroad. The population was 18,862 at the 2010 census. Angleton is in the 14th congressional district, and is represented by Republican Congressman Randy Weber.

History

Angleton was founded in 1890 near the center of Brazoria County and named for the wife of the general manager of the Velasco Terminal Railway. A bitter rivalry emerged between the town and nearby Brazoria for the location of the county seat; Angleton was chosen as the seat in 1896 and re-chosen by county-wide election in 1913. The town was incorporated on November 12, 1912.

As the county seat, Angleton hosts the Brazoria County Fair every October; it is considered Texas's largest county fair.

Geography

Angleton is located near the center of Brazoria County at 29°9′59″N 95°25′41″W / 29.16639°N 95.42806°W / 29.16639; -95.42806 (29.166478, -95.428122). Texas State Highway 288, a four-lane freeway, runs along the western edge of the city, with access from five exits. Highway 288 leads north 43 miles (69 km) to downtown Houston and south 18 miles (29 km) to Freeport near the Gulf of Mexico. Texas State Highway 35 crosses Highway 288 and passes through the center of Angleton, leading northeast 21 miles (34 km) to Alvin and west 37 miles (60 km) to Bay City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Angleton has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29.2 km2), of which 0.019 sq mi (0.05 km2), or 0.17%, is covered by water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,043
1930 1,229 17.8%
1940 1,763 43.4%
1950 3,399 92.8%
1960 7,312 115.1%
1970 9,770 33.6%
1980 13,929 42.6%
1990 17,140 23.1%
2000 18,130 5.8%
2010 18,862 4.0%
2019 (est.) 19,431 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 18,130 people, 6,508 households, and 4,894 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,716.3 people per square mile (662.9/km2). There were 7,220 housing units at an average density of 683.5 per square mile (264.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.21% White, 23.19% Hispanic or Latino, 11.38% African American, 0.47% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 9.63% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races.

Of the 6,508 households, 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were not families. About 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the city, the population was distributed as 29.8% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,184, and for a family was $50,019. Males had a median income of $39,711 versus $23,508 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,915. About 8.9% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Greyhound Bus Lines operates the Angleton Station at 530 E Mulberry St, located in the city.

Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport serves Angleton.

Southern Brazoria County Transit provides bus service options for Angleton, along with Clute, Lake Jackson, and Freeport.

Climate

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

  • Angleton from the Handbook of Texas Online

Economy

Benchmark Electronics is based in Angleton. Country Hearth Inn, originally known as Homeplace, opened its first location in Angleton in 1983.

Education

Public schools

The public schools in the city are operated by Angleton Independent School District.

High schools
  • Angleton High School (Grades 9-12)
Junior high schools
  • Angleton Junior High School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary schools
  • Central Elementary (Grades PK-5)
  • Frontier Elementary (Grades K-5)
  • Northside Elementary (Grades PK-5)
  • Rancho Isabella Elementary (Grades K-5)
  • Southside Elementary (Grades K-5)
  • Westside Elementary (Grades K-5)

Alternative instructional

  • Angleton High School - ACE (Grades 9-12)
  • Brazoria County Juvenile Detention (Grades 5-12)
  • Brazoria County Alternative Education Center (Grades 3-12)
  • Student Alternative Center (DAEP Grades 1-12)

Private schools

  • Angleton Christian School

Public libraries

The Angleton Library and the Brazoria County Historical Museum Library are a part of the Brazoria County Library System.

Colleges and universities

The Texas Legislature designated portions of Angleton ISD that by September 1, 1995 had not been annexed by Alvin Community College as in the Brazosport College zone. As Angleton is not in the maps of Alvin CC, it is in the Brazosport College zone.

Notable people

  • Dennis Bonnen, Republican member of Texas House of Representatives from District 25 from 1997 to 2021; born in Angleton in 1972
  • Greg Bonnen, Republican member of Texas House from District 24 in Galveston County; born in Angleton in 1966, brother of Dennis Bonnen
  • Quandre Diggs, cornerback for the Detroit Lions and safety for the Seattle Seahawks
  • Gilbert Gardner, linebacker for Colts
  • Ron Givens, first African-American Republican in Texas House of Representatives, represented Lubbock County from 1985 to 1989; thereafter taught school in Angleton prior to 1995
  • Ahmard Hall, fullback for Tennessee Titans
  • Quentin Jammer, cornerback for NFL's San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos
  • Rodney Terry, basketball head coach, Fresno State
  • Emmitt Thomas, Hall of Fame cornerback for Kansas City Chiefs
  • Keith Toston, running back for St. Louis Rams
  • Cody Vasut, Republican member of Texas House of Representatives from District 25 since 2021
  • Ray Willis, offensive tackle for Seattle Seahawks
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