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Atascocita, Texas
The "Big A", with Lake Houston in the background
The "Big A", with Lake Houston in the background
Location in Harris County and the state of Texas
Location in Harris County and the state of Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Harris
Area
 • Total 25.4 sq mi (65.8 km2)
 • Land 25.3 sq mi (65.4 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation
72 ft (22 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 65,569
 • Density 2,599/sq mi (1,003.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
77346
Area code(s) 281
FIPS code 48-04462
GNIS feature ID 1877179

Atascocita is a census-designated place (CDP) in an unincorporated area within Harris County, Texas, United States within the Houston metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 65,569. It is located north and south of Farm to Market Road 1960 about 6 miles (10 km) east of Humble and 18 miles (29 km) northeast of downtown Houston in northeastern Harris County.

Bordered on its eastern shore by the 12,000-acre (4,900 ha) Lake Houston, the community contains several parks, country clubs, and golf courses, including Atascocita Country Club, Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club, and Tour 18, a recreation of some of the United States' most celebrated golf holes.

Atascocita was named one of the "Best Places to Retire" by U.S. News & World Report, citing Lake Houston's boating and fishing opportunities and Atascocita's numerous golf courses.

History

The City of Houston annexed portions of what would become Atascocita in the 1960s, but it was de-annexed in the late 1970s.

Construction in the area began in the 1970s. In the 1990s Atascocita included fifteen neighborhoods and was one of the fastest-growing developments in the Greater Houston area.

In 2009 the Gadberry Group named Atascocita as one of "9 from 2009" most notable high growth areas in the United States. The 2010 census listed Atascocita's population as 65,844, up from 35,757 at the 2000 census.

Atascocita has two community newspapers, The Tribune Newspaper and The Atascocita Observer.

Geography

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Map of the Atascocita CDP

Atascocita is located at 29°59′36″N 95°10′55″W / 29.99333°N 95.18194°W / 29.99333; -95.18194 (29.993365, -95.182054).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 25.4 square miles (65.8 km2), of which 25.3 square miles (65.4 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 0.74%, is water.

Syd Kearney, author of A Marmac Guide to Houston and Galveston, "There are fine resort homes in sections such as Atascocita Shores."

Demographics and housing

As of the census of 2010, there were 65,844 people, 11,006 households, and 9,432 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,296.3 people per square mile (500.6/km2). There were 11,342 housing units at an average density of 411.2/sq mi (158.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 67.8% White, 19.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.08% of the population.

There were 11,006 households, out of which 50.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.3% were non-families. 11.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 3.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $83,314 and the median income for a family was $176,821. Males had a median income of $151,750 versus $134,036 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $31,496 About 2.2% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

Atascocita's median home price is $153,100. There are many subdivisions in Atascocita, ranging from small, intimate neighborhoods to large, master-planned communities like Eagle Springs, Walden on Lake Houston, The Groves, The Bridges on Lake Houston, Balmoral, Lakeshore, Waters Edge, Summerwood, Pinehurst and Atascocita Shores. New home prices range from under $200,000 to over $20 million.

Parks and recreation

Lake Houston is in the Atascocita area. Syd Kearney, author of A Marmac Guide to Houston and Galveston, said that Atascocita was "synonymous with golf, tennis, and other great recreational features on Lake Houston."

Harris County Precinct 4 operates the 136 acres (55 ha) Lindsay/Lyons Park and Sports Complex. The complex has barbecue grills, one barbecue pavilion, 10 lighted baseball fields, 2 lighted American football fields, picnic tables, 2 playgrounds (one is an all-inclusive playground and toilet facility for children of all physical abilities), 4 lighted softball fields, 18 unlighted soccer (football) fields, and toilet facilities. Additions added later in the park's life include a donor pavers garden, sensory garden for children with impaired sight, three 30-seat picnic pavilions, a paved walking trail around the playground, and additional trees.

  • Atascocita, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online



Education

Primary and secondary schools

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Atascocita High School

Atascocita students attend school in the Humble Independent School District.

Elementary schools within Atascocita CDP include Atascocita Springs, Eagle Springs, Oaks, Pine Forest, Timbers, and Whispering Pines. Maplebrook Elementary School is in the limited purpose city limits of Houston and surrounded by Atascocita CDP. Other elementary schools serving portions of Atascocita include Deerwood (Kingwood), Greentree (Kingwood), Lakeshore (Houston), Park Lakes (unincorporated), River Pines (unincorporated), and Summerwood (Houston).

Most of Atascocita CDP is served by Atascocita Middle School in the limited purpose city limits of Houston, and Humble Middle School, Timberwood Middle School, and Wood Creek Middle School in Atascocita. Some portions are zoned to Sterling Middle School in Humble, Creekwood Middle School in Kingwood, and Riverwood Middle School in Kingwood.

Most of Atascocita CDP is served by Atascocita High School in Atascocita, while portions are served by Humble High School in Humble, Kingwood High School in Kingwood, and Summer Creek High School in an unincorporated area outside of Atascocita.

Previously Humble High School served the Atascocita area until rapid growth in the community forced the construction of Atascocita High School in 2006. With an exterior modeled after Thomas Jefferson's iconic Monticello estate, the 435,000-square-foot (40,400 m2), $46.9 million school was built on a 100-acre (40 ha) heavily wooded parcel of land in the center of Atascocita. Since its opening, Atascocita High School has garnered an impressive list of academic accolades including being labeled a "Recognized" campus by the Texas State Board of Education in 2010. All students attending the Humble Independent School District have the option to apply for admission to Quest Early College High School, a magnet high school in Atascocita.

The PK-5 Holy Trinity Episcopal School is in proximity to Atascocita.

Colleges and Universities

Lone Star College - Atascocita Center
Lone Star College - Atascocita Center

Lone Star College opened its Atascocita Center in August, 2011. The center offers access to adult basic education/GED, English as a Second Language, college classes to meet degree requirements and Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) for seniors. The University of Houston–Downtown also offers a bachelor's degree in business administration in the evenings at the center.

Public libraries

Atascocita is served by the Atascocita Branch Library of the Harris County Public Library (HCPL), located inside the CDP. In 1986 the Atascocita Hi Neighbor group began to campaign for a library in Atascocita. The 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) branch was built from 1994 to 1996 with the help of Janette Dennis, an Atascocita resident and philanthropist, and opened on May 5, 1996. Janette Dennis helped spearhead "The Friends of the Atascocita Library" (FOAL) donates around $20,000 United States dollars per year to the library.

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