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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B-
Katy is a suburb of Houston with a population of 18,094. Katy is in Waller County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Katy offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Katy there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Katy and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Katy are highly rated.
About Katy...
Population
18,094

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$192,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$980
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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Katy Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    94.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    89.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    73.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    200.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,599.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    152.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Katy

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$77,731
National
$55,322
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I grew up in Katy and always noticed how clean the city was compared to others nearby. The people here take pride in their city as well as their high schools and teams! Growing up in Katy, I was able to experience going to the beautiful parks around town and playing outside. Once I was old enough to hang out with friends on the weekends, we would visit the Katy Mills Mall and shop or watch a movie there. I always feel safe anywhere in Katy since there is a lot of patrolling by the Katy Police. Katy is not like any other city because there is so much to do whether it's hanging out with family, friends, or going out in dates. This city will always hold a spot in my heart wherever I am.
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Katy, Texas is a growing, family-centered city just west of Houston with lots of stability. We moved here due to the excellent school district, and have been happy to discover the delicious restaurants, fun shops, lovely parks and positive atmosphere. We live in an established neighborhood (Nottingham Country) with a variety of generations and cultures represented, but there are plenty of new developments here in Katy too. La Centerra is a large outdoor shopping and recreational area that brings many members of the community together. I feel at home here; we lived in Houston, but Katy has a cozier feel that is a welcome change. The city is well maintained, and there are plenty of "hidden gems" around town. Just to name a few: Katy Budget Books, Katy Prairie Conservatory, Typhoon Texas Water Park, "the Hidden Lake" at Faith West Academy. I could go on; this fabulous city simply had a lot to offer--there are many reasons why the city is steadily growing!
Katy is the best! It’s not too crowded, it’s not a big city and there isn’t the traffic or stress of an urban area. On the other hand, it’s also not rural. Places aren’t too far apart, there are safe neighbourhoods for kids, and there’s great education. There’s plenty of things to do every day of the week and many places to go if you ever are bored. There are great churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples if you are religious and there are many to choose from. However, great things come at a price, of course. Living in Katy isn’t as expensive as living in New York City, but it certainly isn’t cheap. If you can afford it, Katy is a great place to live!