Deer Park is a city in
County, Texas within the
Metropolitan Area and is situated in Southeast Texas.
As of the 2000
the city population was 28,520.
Deer Park was founded in 1892 by Simon Henry West, a settler from
Illinois. The town was named for a park of privately owned deer who
lived in the area. A railroad station opened later that year and a
post office followed in 1893.
The subdivision was established in 1893 and was the site of a
Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway station by about
1894. A Deer Park post office was established in 1893, discontinued
in 1919, and reestablished in 1930. In 1896, the community, with a
population of forty, had a hotel, a general store, and three
resident carpenters. By 1922 Deer Park had dwindled down in
population to almost nothing with four houses, one little
schoolhouse, and an old hotel with a few scattered shacks along the
railroad right-of-way. 1928 brought in Shell Oil Company breaking
ground on a new refinery. In the 1930s, an independent school
district was established. By 1940, the population had grown to 100.
By 1946, however, the area began to flourish as Deer Park became
the site of refineries and toluene plants for the production of
. The citizens of Deer Park voted
to incorporate on December 12, 1948 and a few weeks later, Earl E.
Dunn became the first mayor. The first city council meeting was
held on Feb 7, 1949. The population had grown to 700 by 1948, to
5,000 by 1960 with a fire station, city hall, playground parks and
an independent city water supply. The first public library was
built in 1962 on five acres of land. Population was 12,773 in 1970,
and 28,520 in 2000. This growth has been fueled by the growth of
the petrochemical industry as well as the growth of business along
the Houston Ship
Deer Park has a school district with 14
campuses, a city library, community theater, municipal court
building, three fire stations, numerous city parks and recreational
facilities, state-of-the-art water and sewer processing facilities,
a post office, several hotels, 14 major industries as well as
several light industrial companies. Today, Deer Park has
approximately 9,000 homes and more than 30,000 residents.
neighbors Pasadena, La Porte, and Buffalo Bayou, the site of the
Battlefield, the location of the April 21, 1836 battle that
ended the Texans fight for independence from Mexico.
Texans defeated the Mexican army, and the Republic of Texas
was born. With the
signing of the initial surrender treaty papers after the Battle of
San Jacinto in Dr. George Moffitt Patrick's cabin, The City of Deer
Park bills itself as being the true "Birthplace of Texas." The
original cabin was located on Buffalo Bayou where Rohm and Haas
Texas Incorporated is located in Deer Park today. The city displays
a replica of Dr. Patrick's cabin in front of the City Courts
Building on Center Street.
Map of Deer Park
Deer Park is located at (29.692003, -95.118108).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
10.4 square miles (26.8 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 28,520
people, 9,615 households, and 7,941 families residing in the city.
The population density
2,752.7 people per square mile (1,062.9/km²). There were 9,921
housing units at an average density of 957.6/sq mi
(369.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.01% White
, 1.31% African American
, 0.13% Pacific Islander
, 5.25% from
, and 1.76%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 15.22% of the
There were 9,615 households out of which 43.6% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples
living together, 11.5% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 17.4% were non-families.
14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age
of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to
64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $61,334, and the
median income for a family was $66,516. Males had a median income
of $50,867 versus $30,926 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$24,440. About 4.0% of families and 5.6% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 5.4%
of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.
Government and infrastructure
The United States Postal
Deer Park Post Office is located at 200 East San
Primary and secondary education
Most Deer Park pupils attend schools in Deer Park Independent
. Some attend school in the La Porte Independent School
Deer Park High School
the DPISD portion.La Porte
serves the LPISD portion.
Colleges and universities
Deer Park is also served by the San
District, Central Campus.
Deer Park operates the Deer Park Library at 3009 Center Street.That
is the only library in Deer park
Shell Chemical Plant Explosion
On June 22, 1997 an ethylene explosion occurred at the nearby
Shell Chemical Company
was heard and felt as far as 25 miles away. While no evacuation of
the city was ordered residents living within a mile north of the
plant were advised to remain inside their homes.
Famous current and former residents
- " Post Office Location - DEER PARK."
United States Postal
Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
- " Hours." Deer Park Library. Retrieved
on December 6, 2008.