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Spring Valley Village, Texas

City of Spring Valley Village
City
Spring Valley Village City Hall
Spring Valley Village City Hall
Location of Spring Valley Village, Texas
Location of Spring Valley Village, Texas
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Texas
County Harris
Area
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 75 ft (23 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,715
 • Density 2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77024, 77055
Area code(s) 713
FIPS code 48-69812[1]
GNIS feature ID 1376280[2]
Website .com.springvalleytxwww

Spring Valley Village is a city in Harris County, Texas, United States, and an enclave of Houston. The population was 3,715 at the 2010 census.[3]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Government and infrastructure 4
  • Fire service 5
  • Education 6
    • Primary and secondary schools 6.1
    • Colleges and universities 6.2
  • Public libraries 7
  • Media 8
  • Notable people 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

History

In 1936 state highway maps indicated a cemetery and a church. Initially the settlement consisted of one and one-half square miles.[4]

In the mid-1950s, effort to form a Spring Branch municipality (proposed to be called the city of Spring Branch in roughly the area known today as the Memorial Villages) failed.[5] The city incorporated in 1955 as Spring Valley.[4] There had been two elections for incorporation. The first result was against incorporation, and state law mandated that the next election for incorporation of the same boundary would have to be held at least one year later. Some advocates of incorporation convinced Robert R. Casey, then a Harris county judge, to modify the boundary of the proposed area by removing the Campbell Place area and therefore many voters who opposed incorporating. The following election, held on April 9, 1955, was in favor of incorporation, 183 for and 165 against.[6] Because of the 1955 incorporation, Houston did not incorporate Spring Valley's territory into its city limits, while Houston annexed surrounding areas that were unincorporated.[7] In 1960 the city had 3,004 residents and two businesses. The city had 3,800 residents in 1976 and 3,392 residents in 1990.[4]

In 2007, the name of the city was officially changed from Spring Valley to Spring Valley Village.[8] Regardless of the name change, all postal addresses in Spring Valley Village are Houston-based.[9]

Geography

Location of Spring Valley Village

Spring Valley Village is at (29.789727, -95.504774).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,611 people, 1,365 households, and 1,079 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,755.0 people per square mile (1,064.3/km²). There were 1,410 housing units at an average density of 1,075.7 per square mile (415.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.79% White, 2.96% Asian, 0.33% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.32% of the population.

There were 1,365 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 2.4% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $96,392, and the median income for a family was $109,020. Males had a median income of $86,963 versus $45,977 for females. The per capita income for the city was $44,912. About 1.8% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

As of 2006 the mayor of Spring Valley Village is Mike Andrews. Timothy P. Glanzman, Greg Herbst, Timothy R. Conroy, Bruce Spain, and Tom J. Trammell currently serve as members of the city council.

Harris County Precinct Three, headed by Steve Radack as of 2008, serves Spring Valley Village.[13]

Spring Valley Village was located in District 136 of the Texas House of Representatives. Beverly Woolley represented the district.[14] Spring Valley Village is within District 7 of the Texas Senate; since 2007 Dan Patrick represents the district,[15] though in May 2014 Patrick won his party's nomination to run for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.[16]

Spring Valley Village is in Texas's 7th congressional district; as of 2008 John Culberson is the representative.[17] The publication Human Events identified the zip code 77024 as the zip code that gave the eighth largest contribution to John McCain's 2008 U.S. Presidential Election campaign. The zip code, which includes Hedwig Village, gave $540,309 United States dollars by October 24, 2008.[18][19]

Fire service

The Village Fire Department serves all of the Memorial villages.[20]

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Spring Branch Education Center, housing the Spring Branch School of Choice and the Cornerstone Academy
Bear Boulevard School (PreK)

Spring Valley Village is served by the Spring Branch Independent School District.

Spring Valley Village is zoned to Bear Boulevard School in Spring Valley Village,[21] Valley Oaks Elementary School in Spring Branch, Houston,[22][23] Spring Branch Middle School in Hedwig Village,[24] and Memorial High School in Hedwig Village.[25]

Spring Branch School of Choice is located in Spring Valley Village.

Colleges and universities

Spring Valley Village is served by the Houston Community College System.

Public libraries

The Harris County Public Library (HCPL) system operates the Spring Branch Memorial Branch at 930 Corbindale Road in the City of Hedwig Village. The 10,500-square-foot (980 m2) branch opened in 1975.[26][27]

Media

The Houston Chronicle is the metropolitan newspaper. The Memorial Examiner is a local newspaper distributed in the community.[28]

"Love's Embrace," a statue of Pam Lychner and her daughters at Spring Valley Village City Hall

Notable people

  • Pam Lychner, a Spring Valley Village [29] real estate agent who promoted the Pam Lyncher Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996 after an assault in a vacant house. After Lychner and her daughters died on TWA Flight 800, Congress passed the bill.[30] The City of Spring Valley Village posted a statue of Lychner and her daughters at the city hall. After the statue was posted, visitors read the plaques, left roses, and touched the bronze. Lisa Gray of the Houston Press described it as "shamelessly emotional, a monument to a secular saint and her daughters."[31]

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Spring Valley Village city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Spring Valley, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  5. ^ Spring Branch, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  6. ^ Meeks, Flori. "Community - Fight failed to make Spring Branch a city - Proposal to incorporate followed by establishment of Memorial Villages." Houston Chronicle. Thursday, September 20, 2012. ThisWeek p. 1. Available on Newsbank, Record Number 14919922. Available at the Houston Public Library with a library card. "And so the boundary lines were changed by eliminating Campbell Place, which lies north of Briar Branch Creek, east of Adkins Road, and west of Campbell Road. This eliminated a good many voters who were against incorporation."
  7. ^ Lee, Renée C. "Annexed Kingwood split on effects." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 8, 2006. A21. Retrieved on July 6, 2011. "Some of the area communities that incorporated as cities and escaped annexation by Houston:" Print version exclusively has the information cited; the information is not included in the online edition.
  8. ^ "Spring Valley changes its name".  
  9. ^ http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/citytown_zip.jsp
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Precinct Maps : Precinct 3." Harris County. Accessed October 13, 2008.
  14. ^ "House District 134." Texas House of Representatives. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  15. ^ "Senate District 7" Map. Senate of Texas. Accessed September 28, 2008.
  16. ^ Dan Patrick wins GOP nomination for Texas lieutenant governor -Terrence Stutz and Robert Garrett, Dallas Morning News
  17. ^ "Congressional District 7." National Atlas of the United States.
  18. ^ Connelly, Richard. "Memorial & Hunters Creek Village -- The Real America." Houston Press. October 24, 2008.
  19. ^ "SW large.gif." Zipfocus.com. Accessed October 28, 2008.
  20. ^ http://www.villagefiredept.com/aboutus.html
  21. ^ "Early Childhood." Spring Branch Independent School District.
  22. ^ "Elementary School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
  23. ^ "Spring Branch Schools" (Archive). Spring Branch Management District. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  24. ^ "Middle School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
  25. ^ "High School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
  26. ^ "Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library." Harris County Public Library. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  27. ^ "Public Libraries." City of Spring Valley Village. Retrieved on December 10, 2008.
  28. ^ http://www.examinernews.com/about_us/
  29. ^ Gray, Lisa. "After the Crash." Houston Press. October 23, 1997. 1. Retrieved on January 16, 2010.
  30. ^ "Background Information on the Act and Its Amendments." Bureau of Justice Assistance of the United States Department of Justice. Retrieved on January 16, 2010.
  31. ^ Gray, Lisa. "After the Crash." Houston Press. Thursday October 23, 1997. 6. Retrieved on July 4, 2010.

External links

  • City of Spring Valley Village official website
  • Spring Valley, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
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