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Katy is a city in Harris County, in the Houston-Baytown metro area. (The community straddles Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
One tradition says the city was named after nickname of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway; another says it was named for saloonkeeper Katy Mares.
The latitude of Katy is 29.785N. The longitude is -95.824W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 141 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 12,726.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Katy demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Harris County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Houston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 77493 ZIP code.
17% of Katy residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Katy ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Katy was $21,192, compared with $21,587 nationally.
23% of Katy residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Katy, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $572. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,055.
Libraries in Katy include Katy Branch Library, Katy/Fort Bend Branch Library, Maud Smith Marks Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Katy include Katy Times
TV stations in Katy include KNWS.
Harris County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Katy political report.
The average commute time for Katy workers is 33 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Katy between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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