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Alvin, Texas


Alvin, Texas

Alvin, Texas
Motto: "In touch with the past...planning for the future"
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Brazoria
Incorporated 1893
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Gary Appelt
Charles Batty, III
Terry Droege
Juan Sifuentes
Eileen Cross
Jim Landriault
Roger Stuksa
Greg Bullard
 • City Manager Terry Lucas
 • Total 25.6 sq mi (66.4 km2)
 • Land 24.3 sq mi (62.9 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
Elevation 43 ft (13 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 24,236
 • Estimate (2013)[1] 25,057
 • Density 998/sq mi (385.2/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77511-77512
Area code(s) 281
FIPS code 48-02272[2]
GNIS feature ID 1329478[3]
Website .gov.alvin-txwww

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.[4] 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.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
    • Primary and secondary schools 4.1
      • Public schools 4.1.1
    • Colleges and universities 4.2
    • Public libraries 4.3
  • Transportation 5
  • Postal services 6
  • Community information 7
  • Popular culture connections 8
  • Notable people 9
  • Climate 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


The Alvin area was settled in the mid-19th century when bull ranches were established in the area. The

  • City of Alvin official website
  • Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Alvin Lions Club Annual Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament
  • Alvin Youth Bowling Program
  • Alvin Golf & Country Club
  • "Texas Storms in Brazoria County". Retrieved September 22, 2005.
  • Handbook of Texas Online

External links

  1. ^ a b "State and County Quick Facts".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  4. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Alvin city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ The History of Alvin. City of Alvin website.
  6. ^ "Flooding in 1979 put Alvin in record books". Houston Chronicle, June 16, 2001. Last accessed September 23, 2006.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Texasalmanac. Retrieved 2012-10-04
  10. ^ "Flood Zone Map" (Archive). City of Alvin. Retrieved on March 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Trick My What? Ep. 102 Produce Farmer's Tractor
  12. ^ Climate Summary for Alvin, Texas


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.[12]


Notable people

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.[11]

Popular culture connections

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

Thelma Ley Anderson Family YMCA is located in Alvin.

Community information

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

Postal services

Greyhound Bus Lines operates the Alvin Station at Yellow Jacket Grocery-Citgo [2].


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.

Public libraries

Alvin Community College provides basic undergraduate courses and adult education.

Colleges and universities

  • Alvin Primary School
  • R.L. Stevenson Primary School

Prekindergarten - 2nd grade:

  • Alvin Elementary School
  • Walt Disney Elementary School

3rd - 5th grade:

  • Golda Hood-Bobbie Case Elementary School
  • Melba L. Passmore Elementary School
  • Longfellow Elementary School
  • Mark Twain Elementary School
  • Dr. James "Red" Duke Elementary
  • Glenn York Elementary School

Prekindergarten - 5th grade:

  • Alvin Junior High School
  • Fairview Junior High School
  • G.W. Harby Junior High School
  • Rodeo Palms Junior High School

Junior high schools:

High schools:

Schools within AISD include:

Students in Alvin attend schools in the Alvin Independent School District.[10]

Public schools

Primary and secondary schools


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.

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.

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.

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[2] 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.


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.[4]

Alvin is located in northeastern Brazoria County at (29.393698, -95.271588).[7] 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


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.[6]

Alvin Morgan received a land grant from the state of Texas prior to 1891. [5]

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