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Channelview, Texas
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
 • Total 18.1 sq mi (47.0 km2)
 • Land 14.8 sq mi (38.3 km2)
 • Water 3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
30 ft (9 m)
 • Total 38,289
 • Density 2,110.0/sq mi (814.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 281
FIPS code 48-14236
GNIS feature ID 1373053

Channelview is a census-designated place (CDP) in the U.S. state of Texas on the eastside of Houston, Harris County. The population was 38,289 at the 2010 U.S. census.


Channelview was given its name since it is located on the northeastern curve of the Houston Ship Channel. The site of Channelview was home to Lorenzo de Zavala, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of Texas. During World War II the area south of Market to the Ship Channel, and what is now DeZavala St. to the tollway, was part of the U.S. Army Ordnance Depot.

Channelview is also home to Houston Astros pitcher Chris Sampson and former outfielder Glenn Wilson. Another famous athlete to come out of Channelview is former Chicago Bears (NFL) wide receiver Johnny Knox. He graduated class of 2005 from Channelview High School.


Map of the Channelview CDP

According to the United States Census Bureau, Channelview has a total area of 18.1 square miles (47.0 km2), of which 14.8 square miles (38.3 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.7 km2), or 18.46%, is water.

It is about 15 miles (24 km) east of Downtown Houston.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 17,471
1990 25,564 46.3%
2000 29,685 16.1%
2010 38,289 29.0%

As of the census of 2000, there were 29,685 people, 9,189 households, and 7,369 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,831.2 people per square mile (707.1/km2). There were 9,874 housing units at an average density of 609.1 per square mile (235.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 63.15% White, 13.03% African American, 0.55% Native American, 2.03% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 18.29% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37.11% of the population.

There were 9,189 households, out of which 48.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.22 and the average family size was 3.60.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 33.7% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,968, and the median income for a family was $45,638. Males had a median income of $35,592 versus $26,423 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,115. About 11.5% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Harris County Precinct 2 operates the V.V. Ramsey Community Center and the M.L. Flukinger Community Center at 16003 Lorenzo Street. Also the Old River Terrace Park on Market St.

Channelview, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online


Most Channelview CDP residents are served by the Channelview Independent School District, which is headquartered in the CDP. Some residents are served by the Galena Park Independent School District, which is also headquartered in the Channelview CDP.

Channelview ISD operates schools within the CDP. The district has one pre-K campus, seven elementary schools (Harvey Brown, Crenshaw, DeZavala, Hamblen, McMullan, Schochler, and Cobb), two junior high schools (Alice Johnson Junior High School, and Anthony Aguirre Junior High School,), L.W. Kolarik 9th Grade Center, and Channelview High School. In addition CISD operates the Endeavor High School of Choice, an alternative high school.

Sections of Channelview CDP in the Galena Park school district are zoned to schools outside of the Channelview CDP. The sections are divided between the attendance boundaries of Sam Houston Elementary School, and North Shore Elementary School, which are in the Cloverleaf CDP. All residents are zoned to Cobb Elementary School, North Shore Middle School in the Cloverleaf CDP, and North Shore Senior High School with two campuses in the Cloverleaf CDP.

Residents of both Channelview ISD and Galena Park ISD (and therefore all of Channelview CDP) are zoned to San Jacinto College.

Family Christian Academy and Foundation Christian School are located in Channelview.


The United States Postal Service operates the Channelview Post Office at 531 Sheldon Road.

The Harris Health System (formerly Harris County Hospital District) designated the Baytown Health Center in southeast Houston for the ZIP code 77530, and the Settegast Health Center for the ZIP code 77015. The designated public hospital is Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in northeast Houston.

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