I-45 Corridor Communities "Great American Towns"

Between Houston and Galveston, the five communities of the Interstate-45 Corridor offer a smaller, quainter approach to Southeast Texas living than the bustling city centers nearby. Dickinson, Santa Fe, Texas City, La Marque and Hitchcock each have their own unique appeal, but all of these small, tight-knit communities take full advantage of the Galveston Bay Area as a great place to live, raise a family, and be part of a community.

These great American towns offer something to meet every lifestyle and interest, from a rural feel and country life in Santa Fe, to the coastal fishing village ambiance of some of the communities along the bay, to traditional homes and neighborhoods. Yet, none of these communities are more than a few minutes’ drive from a major highway, easy access to UTMB facilities, to the island and UTMB’s main campus, or to Houston and all that it offers.

In Hitchcock, just a few miles north of Galveston Island and on the west side of the Bay, the Harborwalk community fuses the majestic beauty of the natural wetlands with the amenities of a master-planned neighborhood, including a stunning marina and club. To the east, the Texas City Dike extends nearly five miles into the open waters of Galveston Bay, and is a common destination for boaters, fisherman, nature lovers, sailors, or those who wish to watch shipping traffic as it motors past. Dickinson is famous for its towering pine trees and a new state-of the-art school sports center and stadium.

Places like the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center, with water slides, a lazy river and large children’s play area, cater to local families who want to beat the Texas heat in the warmer months of the year. These towns all feature great places to eat, numerous parks, sports fields and courts, bayous, hiking and biking trails, and vibrant community events and festivals. The local county fairground hosts an annual fair and rodeo that draws visitors and competitors from afar, and surprises--like a thriving winery, wilderness park/zoo, golf courses and farmers’ markets--keep life in the region interesting.

These communities are perfectly tailored to meet the needs of residents and families seeking the safety and charm of a small town, while still near to all that is offered by nearby Houston and Galveston.

Hitchcock

La Marque

Texas City

Santa Fe

Dickinson


Education

Dickinson I.S.D. General Information

Dickinson Independent School District offers an exceptional educational experience for students grades K-12 and fabulous facilities with the latest technology.  The district includes six elementary schools, two middle schools and one jr. high and one high school. Dickinson is part of the North Galveston County Chamber of Commerce, and is conveniently located between the Houston metropolitan area and the beaches of Galveston island.  Dickinson is nestled in green foliage, tall pine trees, and winding waterways great for fishing and boating.

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

Parents and public information

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$10,364

$9,969

Tot. Operating Expenditure/ Student

$7,501

$8,276

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

African American

15.5%

12.7%

Hispanic

46.6%

51.3%

White

31.8%

30.0%

American Indian

0.3%

0.4%

Asian

2.6%

3.6%

Pacific Islander

0.1%

0.1%

Two or More Races

2.1%

1.8%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Number of Students Per Teacher

16.9

15.5

Teachers Average Years Experience

11.0

11.5

Percentage of Teachers with more than 5 years experience

69.1%

66.9%

College Admissions

 

District

Percent Tested

44.2%

Percent At or Above Criterion

16.3%

SAT - Average Score

1372

ACT - Average Score

18.6



Santa Fe I.S.D. General Information

The mission of SFISD is to prepare all members of the Santa Fe Independent School District learning community to achieve and succeed through innovative strategies and collaborative relationships. SFISD spans 72 square miles, and encompasses the cities of Santa Fe, parts of League City, Dickinson, LaMarque, and Hitchcock. Santa Fe ISD retains a rural flavor while having big city amenities and opportunities close at hand for students. The 4-A district serves approximately 4,600 students and is growing at a slow, consistent rate.

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$9,250

$9,969

Tot. Operating Expenditure/ Student

$7,098

$8,276

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

African American

0.4%

12.7%

Hispanic

18.9%

51.3%

White

78.4%

30.0%

American Indian

0.5%

0.4%

Asian

0.5%

3.6%

Pacific Islander

0.0

0.1%

Two or More Races

1.3%

1.8%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Number of Students Per Teacher

17.7

15.5

Teachers Average Years Experience

9.3

11.5

Percentage of Teachers with more than 5 years experience

60.6%

66.9%

College Admissions

 

District

Percent Tested

43.5%

Percent At or Above Criterion

21.5%

SAT - Average Score

1405

ACT - Average Score

20.0

 


Texas City I.S.D. General Information

Texas City ISD is a Texas Education Agency Recognized School District. TCISD covers 30,000 residents, 19.3 square miles and has more than 5,900 students. The district is served by one high school (grades 9 - 12), one middle school (grades 7 - 8), one intermediate school (grades 5 - 6), four elementary schools (grades K - 4) and one pre-kindergarten program. The school district is fully accredited by TEA (Texas Education Agency) and carries the Accountability Rating of Recognized.  The Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS report) details TCISD's performance.

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$11,295

$9,969

Tot. Operation Expenditure/ Student

$8,853

$8,276

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

African American

19.4%

12.7%

Hispanic

42.7%

51.3%

White

35.5%

30.0%

American Indian

0.7%

0.4%

Asian

0.5%

3.6%

Pacific Islander

0.2%

0.1%

Two or More Races

0.9%

1.8%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Number of Students Per Teacher

16.1

15.5

Teachers Average Years Experience

11.0

11.5

Percentage of Teachers with more than 5 years experience

65.1%

66.9%

College Admissions

 

District

Percent Tested

46.6%

Percent At or Above Criterion

11.0%

SAT - Average Score

1353

ACT - Average Score

17.8



La Marque I.S.D. General Information

The La Marque Independent School District has a long history of educational excellence, and the district has positioned itself for the transition to the new State assessments. The district's success continues to be based on the leadership of our elected Board of Trustees, the professional educators who work diligently to give every child the best education possible, and the support of our parents and community who value and set high standards for the children in LMISD.  Today, La Marque ISD has over 500 employees. La Marque ISD is a 3A district with over 2,800 students and 8 schools: 1 high school-grades 9-12, 1 early childhood center, 1 Jr. High-grades 7-8, Renaissance Academy-grades 5-8, and 4 elementary schools grades 1-6. 

La Marque’s elementary schools have been recognized by the State for superior academic achievement over the years and Inter-City Elementary received a Blue Ribbon nomination by the former Commissioner of Education in 2012. La Marque ISD has received superior to above standard financial achievement ratings since 2008 from FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas). Additionally, La Marque ISD is a fully accredited institution as recognized by the Texas Education Agency.

Points of Pride

  • Cougar STEM Academy-Grades 9-12;
  • Renaissance Academy-Grades 5-8;
  • Significant increases in the number of LMHS seniors receiving athletic and academic scholarships to various colleges throughout the United States;
  • LMISD had 11 gold medals and 5 silver medals awarded to our students who participated in the Texas Art Education Association competition with one painting featured in New York (Visual Art Scholastic); 
  • 100% of LMISD teachers are “Highly Qualified” under the federal No Child Left Behind guidelines; and
  • TEA literacy grant recipient 2012.  

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$10,289

$9,969

Tot. Operating Expenditure/ Student

$9,370

$8,276

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

African American

67.6%

12.7%

Hispanic

20.6%

51.3%

White

8.6%

30.0%

American Indian

1.6%

0.4%

Asian

0.3%

3.6%

Pacific Islander

0.0%

0.1%

Two or More Races

1.2%

1.8%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Number of Students Per Teacher

16.7

15.5

Teachers Average Years Experience

13.2

11.5

Percentage of Teachers with more than 5 years experience

73.4%

66.9%

College Admissions

 

District

Percent Tested

65.8%

Percent At or Above Criterion

6.3%

SAT - Average Score

1239

ACT - Average Score

16.3


Hitchcock I.S.D. General Information

Featuring one elementary school, one middle school and one high school, HISD has won the Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller for the fourth year and recently opened a brand new high school campus in March of 2013 to better accommodate the students of the Hitchcock area.

District Website

Other Schools and Day Care

 

District

State Total

Tot. Revenue/ Student

$13,767

$9,969

Tot. Operating Expenditure/ Student

$10,085

$8,276

Student Profile

 

District

State Total

African American

43.3%

12.7%

Hispanic

28.8%

51.3%

White

24.6%

30.0%

American Indian

0.0%

0.4%

Asian

0.5%

3.6%

Pacific Islander

0.0%

0.1%

Two or More Races

2.8%

1.8%

Class Profile

 

District

State Average

Number of Students Per Teacher

16.2

15.5

Teachers Average Years Experience

13.6

11.5

Percentage of Teachers with more than 5 years experience

63.4%

66.9%

College Admissions

 

District

Percent Tested

41.5%

Percent At or Above Criterion

14.8%

SAT - Average Score

1234

ACT - Average Score

18.5

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Housing

The great American towns of Galveston County offer a wide variety of homes and housing choices, from rural enclaves and country life, to the coastal fishing village ambiance of some of the communities along the bay, to traditional homes and neighborhoods. Check the resources below for current information, including current listings for home sales and rentals, for this region. Please read our disclaimer about the links below, and visit our links page for additional information and tools related to relocation.

I-45 Corridor Communities ZIP codes

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