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Community Overview

The City of Huntsville is part of Walker County in east Texas, approximately 70 miles north of Houston and 170 miles south of Dallas via Interstate 45. It is also located on Texas Highway 30 (west to Bryan-College Station) and Highway 190 (east to Livingston). The City of Huntsville has a Council/Manager form of government where the city manager is the administrator.

Huntsville covers 31.0 square miles, while Walker County includes 790 square miles. Other cities in Walker County include New Waverly, Dodge and Riverside. The population of Huntsville is 35,078, New Waverly is 950, and Riverside is 425. The population in Walker County is 61,758. Walker County is located near Lake Livingston and is surrounded by the Sam Houston National Forest.

Huntsville Municipal is the nearest airport for general aviation with a 5,000-foot asphalt runway. George Bush Intercontinental and the nearest deep-water port are located about an hour away in Houston. Huntsville is served by Greyhound Bus and most of the major parcel delivery companies.

Residents in Huntsville and Walker County enjoy winters where temperatures fall below freezing an average of only one day a year. Summers are hot and humid, with little variation in day-to-day conditions, except for occasional thundershowers that help to dissipate afternoon heat. Spring and fall weather is delightful, featuring moderate temperatures and long periods of sunny days and cool nights.


Major Employers in Walker County 

  Product/Services Local Employees Year Established
Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice state prison 6,081* 1848
Sam Houston State University education 2,106 1879
Huntsville Independent School District education 995 1888
Huntsville Memorial Hospital medical 569 1927
Wal-Mart retail 485 1979
Educational Service Center Region VI education 300 1967
Walker County government 405 1846
City of Huntsville municipality 270 1845
Weatherford oil drilling equipment 255 1989
Universal Forest Products lumber 200 1999
Home Health Care of Huntsville/THEE Hospice Medical 189  1983
 New Waverly ISD  Education 155  
*includes Windham School District and AdministrationSource: TDCJ

2013 Taxes

Real Property Rate/$100 Valuation Assessment Ratio
City of Huntsville 0.4206 100%
City of Riverside 0.2030 100%
Walker County 0.6778 100%
Huntsville ISD 1.2100 100%
New Waverly ISD 1.24000 100%
Hospital District 0.1590 100%
Walker County ESD 1 0.0600 100%
Walker County ESD 2 0.1000 100%
Local Non-Property    
City of Huntsville Retail Sales  1.5%  
Walker County Retail Sales 0.5%  
Corporate Income 0%  
Retail Sales 6.25%     
Individual Income 0%     
Gasoline $0.20/gallon  
Hotel/Motel 7%  
Franchise (greater of the following calculations)  
 1. 0.25% x (capital assets) / 2. 4.50% x (adjusted income)
Source: Walker County Appraisal District, Walker County Courthouse,  Texas State Comptroller’s Office
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