In the mid-1800s Katy was known as Cane Island. Named for the creek that still runs through the area (now a branch of Buffalo Bayou). The creek was filled with cane presumed to have been planted for fur trapping by the earlier residents.

In 1893, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad started laying rails through Cane Island and became operational in 1895. That same year James Oliver Thomas laid out a town and in January 1896, the town of Katy was named. The name was based on appreciation for the MKT Railroad (which was called 'the Katy' by railroad officials) and the expected prosperity its arrival would bring to the new town.

In 2009 the Gadberry Group named Katy as one of nine "9 from 2009" most notable high growth areas in the United States.


  • The population of Katy,TX is 14,980
  • The top three races in Katy, TX (by population) are: White (79.2%), Black or African American (4.7%) and Asian (2.9%)
  • The age distribution of Katy, TX is 58.4% ages 20-64 years, 31.4% ages 19 year or younger and 10.2% ages 65 or over
  • The median age for females is 47 years old
  • The median age for males is 47 years old
  • 52.9% of Katy, TX residents are married and 47.1% are single
  • 60.0% of residents have obtained some a high school degree, some college or higher
  • The projected annual population growth in Katy, TX between 2013-2018 is 1.5%
  • The estimated population density in Katy, TX is 1,325 per square mile


  • The estimated per capita income for Katy, TX is $28,144
  • The average household income in Katy, TX is $85,952
  • The average travel times in Katy, TX are: 30-59 minutes (30.9%), 15-29 minutes (28.8%) and 14 minutes or less (27.5%)
  • The total number of businesses in Katy, TX is 535
  • The unemployment rate for Katy, TX is 2.7%
  • The top three professions for the Katy, TX population are: Sales/Office (22.3%), Professional/Related (19.8%) and Service (18.2%)


  • 52.9% of Katy, TX residents are married couples with children
  • The average family household size is 3.3
  • 80.1% of Katy, TX residents own their home while 19.9% of residents rent
  • The median household income in Katy, TX is $75,528
  • The owner-occupied median home value in Katy, TX is $148,436
  • The renter-occupied median rent in Katy, TX is $846

Data provided from REgis Online