Southside Place, Texas
Southside Place is a city in west central Harris County
Harris County, Texas
As of the 2010 Census, the population of the county was 4,092,459, White Americans made up 56.6% of Harris County's population; non-Hispanic whites represented 33.0% of the population. Black Americans made up 18.9% of the population. Native Americans made up 0.7% of Harris County's population...

, Texas
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, United States
United States
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. The population was 1,546 at the 2000 census.

As of 2000, Southside Place is the 13th wealthiest location in Texas by per capita income
Texas locations by per capita income
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Southside Place functions as a bedroom community for middle and upper-middle class families. Many businesses are located in Southside Place; all are along Bellaire Boulevard.

The United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
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 uses "Houston" for all Southside Place addresses; "Southside Place, TX" is not an acceptable postal city name for mail addressed to locations in the city


Southside Place opened on Easter Day in 1925. Edlo L. Crain, the developer, placed a pool and a park in a subdivision to attract residents to the townsite. The first section to open was south of the park. It was in close proximity to Bellaire Boulevard and the streetcar line, which was nicknamed the "Toonerville Trolley." In 1926, development of the second section of Southside Place, which spanned from Harper Street to University Boulevard, began. The Great Depression
Great Depression
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 slowed development. The site of Southside Place previously housed the Harris County Poor Farm. The Haden and Austin company had purchased the poor farm and, after a period, sold it to the E. L. Crain and Company.

Southside Place incorporated June in 1931 with 600 residents. The city council first met on June 15 of that year. On August 3, 1934 the city council passed a resolution that declared Southside Place an incorporated city. Because of the incorporation, Houston did not incorporate Southside Place's territory into its city limits, while Houston annexed surrounding areas that were unincorporated
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. A post office opened in 1940. Before World War II
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 the population stabilized around 1,400. In the 1960s the city reached a high 1,500 residents. By 1979 the number of residents fell to 1,263. In 1988 the city had 1,560 residents. In 1990 the city had 1,384 residents.

In early 2009 Southside Place announced that it will demolish its previous municipal buildings and build a new multi-story municipal complex.


Southside Place is located at 29°42′35"N 95°26′8"W (29.709629, -95.435442). According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land. The city is surrounded by the cities of Bellaire
Bellaire, Texas
Bellaire is a city in southwest Harris County, Texas, United States, within the metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 15,642 and is completely surrounded by the cities of Houston and West University Place....

, Houston, and West University Place
West University Place, Texas
West University Place, often called West University or West U for short, is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within the metropolitan area and southwestern Harris County, Texas, United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the population of the city was 14,211...



As of the census
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of 2000, there were 1,546 people, 618 households, and 370 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 6,270.9 people per square mile (2,387.7/km²). There were 647 housing units at an average density of 2,624.4/sq mi (999.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.72% White, 1.03% African American, 4.14% Asian, 1.81% from other races
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, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.47% of the population.
There were 618 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples
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 living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.44.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.2% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $81,267, and the median income for a family was $163,303. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $48,654 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $57,021. About 3.3% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

Local government

Southside Place's city council meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The mayor and the city council are elected for two-year terms. Two and three vacancies are on the council on alternate years. Elections are held during the first Saturday in each May. Any qualified voter may be placed on the ballot for Mayor or a city council position. The Mayor and each council member receive a one U.S. dollar per year salary in accordance with a Texas state law which requires all city officials to receive a salary. As of 2011 the mayor is Glenn "Pat" Patterson. Richard Rothfelder preceded him. Randy Sim, Scott Luther, Ashley Bryan, Charles David Thompson, and Renato Pereira (Mayor Pro-Tem) are the city council members.

The Southside Place Police Department and the Southside Place Fire Department are headquartered along with the city administration at 6309 Edloe Avenue. The Fire Department is a two engine company house. All of its members are volunteers. It has a mutual aid agreement with the cities of West University Place and Bellaire
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Federal and state representation

Southside Place is divided between Harris County Precinct 1 and Harris County Precinct 3. As of 2008 El Franco Lee and Steve Radack, respectively, serve as the commissioners of the precincts.

Southside Place is located in District 134 of the Texas House of Representatives
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. As of 2011 Sarah Davis represents the district. Southside Place is within District 17
Texas Senate, District 17
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 of the Texas Senate
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Southside Place is in Texas's 7th congressional district
Texas's 7th congressional district
Texas District 7 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves a small area of western Harris County...

; as of 2008 John Culberson
John Culberson
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 is the representative.


Shell Oil Company
Shell Oil Company
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's Bellaire Technology Center is located in Southside Place. The 310000 square feet (28,799.9 m²) facility opened as a geophysical processing center in 1936. For decades many scientists discovered facts related to oil and natural gas. In 2008 Shell announced that it will close the Bellaire center and expand the Westhollow Technology Center in Houston to accommodate the most of the staff employed by the Bellaire center, while some staff would go to the Woodcreek Technology Campus in western Houston. Shell said that it closed the Bellaire facility partly because two thirds of the land was leased, and the lease was set to expire in 2010. The move will decrease tax revenue into the City of Southside Place. The city rezoned the parcel for various land uses.


Southside Place is a member city of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas
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 (METRO). The city is served by bus lines 2 (Bellaire), 68 (Brays Bayou Crosstown), 70 (Memorial), and 73 (Bellfort Crosstown).

Primary and secondary education

The city is served by Houston Independent School District
Houston Independent School District
The Houston Independent School District is the largest public school system in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States. Houston ISD serves as a community school district for most of the city of Houston and several nearby and insular municipalities...

. The community is within Trustee District V, represented by Dianne Johnson as of 2008. Johnson will no longer serve as a board member after 2009.

Pupils who live in Southside Place north of Bellaire Boulevard are zoned to West University Elementary School
West University Elementary School
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 in West University Place, and people who live in Southside Place south of Bellaire Boulevard are zoned to Mark Twain Elementary School
Mark Twain Elementary School (Houston)
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 in the Braeswood Place neighborhood of Houston. All Southside Place pupils are zoned to Pershing Middle School
Pershing Middle School (Houston)
John J. Pershing Middle School is a secondary school located at 3838 Bluebonnet in Houston, Texas with a zip code of 77025.Pershing, located in the Braeswood Place neighborhood, serves grades 6 through 8 and is a part of the Houston Independent School District.Pershing has a neighborhood program, a...

 in Braeswood Place in Houston
Houston, Texas
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; any student zoned to Pershing may apply to Pin Oak Middle School
Pin Oak Middle School
Pin Oak Middle School is a secondary school that is located in Bellaire, Texas, United States. Pin Oak, which serves grades 6 through 8, is a part of the Houston Independent School District. It is located near the intersection of the 610 Loop and U.S. Route 59...

 (in Bellaire
Bellaire, Texas
Bellaire is a city in southwest Harris County, Texas, United States, within the metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 15,642 and is completely surrounded by the cities of Houston and West University Place....

)'s regular program. Pupils in Southside Place who are west of Stella Link and south of Bellaire Boulevard are zoned to Bellaire High School in Bellaire, while all other pupils in Southside Place are zoned to Mirabeau B. Lamar High School
Lamar High School (Houston)
Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School is a secondary school located at 3325 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas, United States, with a zip code of 77098...

 (in Upper Kirby
Upper Kirby
Upper Kirby is a commercial district in Houston, Texas, United States.Upper Kirby contains many businesses, including restaurants. Upper Kirby is east of the Greenway Plaza, southwest of Neartown, north of the city of West University Place, and south of River Oaks.Upper Kirby is considered to be in...

 in Houston), also in Houston.

Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center is the closest early childhood center to the city of Southside Place. Since only poor students, homeless students, students who are not proficient in English, or children of active-duty members of the U.S. military or whose parent has been killed, injured, or missing in action while on active duty may be enrolled tuition-free in HISD preschools, most Southside Place residents rely on private preschools. Students who are eligible for HISD's preschools may attend any Early Childhood Center in Houston ISD.

Public libraries

Southside Place is near three public libraries. Harris County Public Library
Harris County Public Library
Harris County Public Library is a public library system serving Harris County, Texas, United States. The county library system is headquartered at 8080 El Rio in Houston....

 system operates a branch in West University Place. The Houston Public Library
Houston Public Library
Houston Public Library is the public library system serving Houston, Texas, United States. The library system has its headquarters in the Marston Building in Neartown Houston.-History:It can trace its founding to the Houston Lyceum in 1854...

 system operates the McGovern-Stella Link Branch in a nearby area in Houston. The city of Bellaire also operates its own library.

Parks and recreation

The park and pool facilities are operated by the Southside Place Park Association, which is not affiliated with the City of Southside Place. The SPPA is governed by a seven member Board of Directors and managed by two paid employees.

The park/pool area is located between Auden and Edloe on the streets of Garnet and Farbar. Facilities include a park, tennis courts, baseball field, basketball court, swimming pool and clubhouse. Only the park, field and basketball court are open for public use. Use of the tennis court, pool and clubhouse require a park membership. Annual membership is $425 and is open to residents of Southside Place. Approx. 80% of Southside Place residents are also park members. The clubhouse is home to a summer camp that is run by Ed and Karin Davis. The park staff consists of 1 full-time park manager, 1 part-time clubhouse manager, 30+ camp staff members, 2 assistant pool managers, 2 swim lessons instructors and 35 Red Cross certified Life Guards. The pool is also home to a 150+ member swim team that competes with other pools in the Houston area. Swim team season runs from mid-May through the end of June.


The Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle is the largest daily newspaper in Texas, USA, headquartered in the Houston Chronicle Building in Downtown Houston. , it is the ninth-largest newspaper by circulation in the United States...

is the area regional newspaper. On Thursdays, residents receive the Bellaire
Bellaire, Texas
Bellaire is a city in southwest Harris County, Texas, United States, within the metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 15,642 and is completely surrounded by the cities of Houston and West University Place....

/West U/River Oaks
River Oaks, Houston, Texas
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Meyerland, Houston, Texas
Meyerland is a community in southwest Houston, Texas, outside of the 610 Loop and inside Beltway 8.A notable feature of Meyerland is Meyerland Plaza, a large outdoor shopping center. Meyerland also is the center of Houston's Jewish community... local section.

The West University Examiner is a local newspaper distributed in the community

The Village News is a local newspaper distributed in the community.

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