The Katy Area embraces the Katy Independent School District that encompasses 181 square miles. Its eastern boundaries stretch to Houston's energy corridor approximately 16 miles west of downtown Houston and extend along Interstate 10 to a few miles west of the city of Katy.
- City of Katy Population: 14,000
- KISD Area Population: 219,349
Church Pre-Schools 18
Clubs and Organizations 220+
Golf Courses 6
KISD Elementary Schools 32
KISD Middle Schools 12
KISD Senior High Schools 9
Charter Schools 2
Private Schools 2
Public Libraries 4
Public Parks 45
Places to Worship 80+
Students in KISD 62,627
Katy has been named the #1 high-ranking growth area in the nation by the Gadberry Group.
- In the beginning Katy was only a wide open prairie, the hunting ground of the Karankawa Indian tribes, the winter feeding grounds of great herds of buffalo and large flocks of wild ducks, geese, sandhill and whooping cranes, and numerous other game birds, and home to longhorn cattle, deer, and wolves.
- Earliest settlement of the community known as Cane Island, for Cane Island Creek that runs through it, was in 1872.
- The City of Katy was formally incorporated in 1945.
- Katy is at the intersection of three counties. They are Fort Bend County, Harris County and Waller County.
- In the Katy area, bachelor's level education is 50% higher than the state
- In the Katy area, graduate or professional degrees are held by 15% more people than in Texas as a whole.
- In the Katy area, the per capita income is 50% above national and state levels and at least 24% above the constituent counties.
- Office space in the Katy area is 8,900,000 square feet.
- The Katy area has two commercial cores - one is developing along I-10, the other is emerging along the Grand Parkway.
- Katy ISD is the fastest-growing school district in the Houston metro area and one of the fastest-growing in the state. Projections show a steady upswing throughout this decade, with total enrollment topping 62,000. This year, KISD grew by 2,000 students, the equivalent of a junior high and an elementary school.
- Katy ISD received the Gold Medal Award from Expansion Management in 2005 and 2004. The Gold Medal is awarded to school districts in the top 17% of all districts in the country.
- Persons living along I-10 known as the Katy Freeway and who have zip codes assigned to Katy, are more likely to reside in the unincorporated areas rather than the City of Katy.
- The hurricane of 1900 destroyed most of the buildings in the City of Katy.
- The Katy area is the site of one of the largest gas fields in the United States since the early forties.
- Park Ten, a multi-use development is listed by the Houston Business Journal at #11 in terms of total acres on its "Largest Houston-Area Business/Industrial Parks List".
- Katy Mills is the third largest shopping center in the Houston region.
- Katy ISD is one of only 14 large districts in Texas (25,000 students or more) to earn a "Recognized" rating from the Texas Education Agency. It's one of only three to hold that distinction four years in a row.
- Cinco Ranch got its name from the five oil families who jointly purchased the Blakely Ranch in 1937.
Telephone service in the Katy area is determined by a decision dating back to the 1930's. Local telephone was not available in the Katy area back then, so the local farmers invested as a group and had their own telephone service installed. AT&T (then Southwestern Bell) did not offer service at the time with the dividing line between SBC and the local farmers based on a fence line because Mason road did not exist.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas was established and those fence posts became the dividing line between telephone companies. Today any competitive telephone company can offer service in any telephone companies service area location, it's up to that company where they offer service.