Sealy, Texas

According to Ethnicity and Countries, Sealy is situated in Austin County, Texas. The city lies within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, and is located near Interstate 10. It is approximately 50 miles west of downtown Houston. Sealy has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average annual temperature is 73 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average annual rainfall is about 40 inches.

The city of Sealy has a rich history that dates back to 1879 when the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway was built through the area. The community was founded by two brothers from Sealy, Texas who wanted to build a railroad station for their cotton business. Over the years, Sealy has grown into a thriving small city with its own mayor and city council.

Sealy has a diverse economy that includes manufacturing, retail trade, health care, finance and insurance services, educational services, and other services such as construction and hospitality industries. Major employers include Cargill Foods Inc., TexStar Bank, M&M Industries Ltd., Prime Healthcare Services Inc., Walmart Supercenter Store #2650, Shell Oil Company LP., and Westlake Chemical Corporation among others.

Sealy Independent School District (ISD) serves the students of Sealy with six campuses: Travis Elementary School (K-5), Selman Elementary School (K-5), Austin County Middle School (6-8), Austin County High School (9-12), Early Childhood Center (PreK3 & PreK4) and Alternative Education Center for grades 6th – 12th grade students who need alternative learning opportunities or credits for graduation from ACHS.

Popular landmarks in Sealy include St. Mary’s Catholic Church which was founded in 1886; Immanuel Lutheran Church which was established in 1902; First United Methodist Church which was built in 1909; Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church which opened its doors in 1917; Trinity Lutheran Church which was organized in 1927; Austin County Courthouse which was completed in 1928; City Hall building constructed in 1962; Sealy Fire Station No 1 erected in 1966; as well as numerous historical markers throughout town that commemorate key events from the region’s past including the Battle of San Jacinto fought on April 21st 1836 near present day La Grange where Texas won its independence from Mexico.

Sealy, Texas

Population: 5,248. Estimated population in July 2020: 6,038 (+15.1% change)
Males: 2,505 (47.7%), Females: 2,743 (52.3%)

Austin County

Zip code: 77474

Median resident age: 32.7 years
Median household income: $34,277
Median house value: $72,300

Races in Sealy:

  • White Non-Hispanic (55.4%)
  • Hispanic (30.4%)
  • Other race (12.9%)
  • Black (12.8%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
  • American Indian (0.6%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (16.7%), Czech (8.2%), Irish (5.4%), English (4.0%), United States (3.9%), Polish (2.5%).

Land area: 6.9 square miles


Sealy, Texas has a population of 6,025 people, according to the 2017 census. The population consists primarily of Caucasians and African Americans making up the majority of the population. Hispanics make up a small portion of the population and there is also a small percentage of Asians. The median age in Sealy is 34.3 years which is slightly lower than the national average. The median household income is $50,542 which is slightly higher than the national average. The largest employers in Sealy are Sealy ISD, Tyson Foods, and St Joseph’s Hospital.

The city has a large number of families with children under 18 making up 32% of the population. There are also many retired citizens making up 14% of the population as well as many young adults between 18-34 accounting for 28% of the population. Education level varies with 13% having some college education or higher and 17% having only high school education or less. In terms of health care, there are two hospitals located in Sealy: St Joseph’s Hospital and CHI St Luke’s Health-Brenham Hospital providing quality health care to its inhabitants. Additionally, there are numerous clinics and urgent care centers located nearby for convenience and access to medical attention when needed.

For population 25 years and over in Sealy

  • High school or higher: 69.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 11.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.1%
  • Unemployed: 7.8%
  • Mean travel time to work: 26.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sealy city

  • Never married: 24.6%
  • Now married: 52.1%
  • Separated: 3.6%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 11.7%

15.0% Foreign born (14.2% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +402 (+8.3%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Sealy:

  • RICE MEDICAL CENTER (about 18 miles; EAGLE LAKE, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Sealy:

  • EASTERWOOD FIELD (about 58 miles; COLLEGE STATION, TX; Abbreviation: CLL)
  • WILLIAM P HOBBY (about 63 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Abbreviation: HOU)

Other public-use airports nearest to Sealy:

  • GRAWUNDER FIELD (about 13 miles; BELLVILLE, TX; Abbreviation: 06R)
  • MIKESKA FIELD (about 13 miles; BROOKSHIRE, TX; Abbreviation: 12R)
  • EAGLE LAKE (about 17 miles; EAGLE LAKE, TX; Abbreviation: ELA)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sealy:

  • PRAIRIE VIEW A & M UNIVERSITY (about 25 miles; PRAIRIE VIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,823)
  • WHARTON COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE (about 33 miles; WHARTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,124)
  • BLINN COLLEGE (about 33 miles; BRENHAM, TX; Full-time enrollment: 8,448)
  • HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 46 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,273)
  • HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM (about 51 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 21,140)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER (about 51 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,595)
  • RICE UNIVERSITY (about 51 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,158)


Public high school in Sealy:

  • SEALY H S (Students: 672; Location: 939 TIGER LN; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Sealy:

  • SELMAN EL (Students: 827; Location: 1741 HWY 90 W; Grades: PK – 03)
  • SELMAN INT (Students: 530; Location: 1741 HWY 90 W; Grades: 04 – 06)
  • SEALY J H (Students: 355; Location: 939 TIGER LN; Grades: 07 – 08)


Library in Sealy:

  • VIRGIL & JOSEPHINE GORDON MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $68,600; Location: 917 N CIRCLE DR; 28,304 books; 525 audio materials; 1,177 video materials; 25 serial subscriptions)