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Renter’s City Guide to Katy, TX
Introducing Katy Expenses & Housing Stats Jobs & Education Lifestyle & Renting Tips

Katy is a small city located within the Houston metropolitan area. The historic city began as a railroad town and has since grown to become a bedroom community of Houston. It’s known for its historic town square, highly rated public school system, new neighborhoods and small-town vibe. It attracts families and young professionals alike and is also home to a number of well-known corporations and distribution centers, resulting in a healthy local economy.

How big is Katy?

With a total area of a little less than 15 square miles, Katy is much smaller than most of its neighbors, such as Sugar Land and The Woodlands. 

What cities are close to Katy?

Katy is less than 30 miles west of Houston, while Sugar Land is around 20 miles to the south and The Woodlands is about 45 miles northeast. Heading west, San Antonio is around 170 miles away and Austin around 140 miles away.

What is the weather like in Katy?

Katy has a humid, subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. On average, the city experiences around 208 sunny days and 48 inches of rain each year. July is generally the hottest month of the year with average highs of 94°F. Meanwhile, January sees average lows of 43°F and snowfall is almost non-existent.


What are the pros of living in Katy?

Katy enjoys a lower cost of living compared to the national average, a fantastic location, a historic center and a plethora of new neighborhoods, homes and schools. It’s a safe city and the local school system is highly rated.

What are the cons of living in Katy?

Like many places in the Houston area, Katy is prone to flooding and flood insurance is a must. While the cost of living is generally fairly low, housing is becoming more expensive as more people flock to the city.

Katy Demographic Highlights
Total Population 21,926
Median Age 39.7

How much is public transportation in Katy?

Public transportation in Katy is provided by the Houston Metro System, which provides services across the metropolitan area. One-way fares range from $1.25 to $4.50, although a range of passes and rechargeable cards are available, providing discounts through continued use.

How much does a meal cost in Katy?

On average, a three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant should cost around $50 in Katy. Add $5 for a regular coffee. A single meal in an inexpensive restaurant typically averages around $9.

How much are utilities in Katy?

For a 915-square-foot apartment in Katy, expect to pay around $195 each month for basic utilities. This includes cooling, heating, water, electricity and garbage disposal. For an internet connection, budget for an additional $75 per month.

Katy Rent Statistics
Apartment Rent Ranges
$501 - $7000%
$701 - $1,0000.31%
$1,001 - $1,50049.62%
$1,501 - $2,00040.58%
> $20009.48%
Average Rent Trends
What is the average rent in Katy?

The average rent for an apartment in Katy is $1,555 per month.

What is the average apartment size in Katy?

The average apartment size in Katy is 976 sq. ft.

What is the rent for a studio apartment in Katy?

Rent for a studio apartment in Katy ranges between $1,197 and $3,980 per month.

What is the rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Katy?

Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Katy ranges between $1,019 and $4,127 per month.

What is the rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Katy?

Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Katy ranges between $1,157 and $6,123 per month.

What is the rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Katy?

Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Katy ranges between $1,700 and $9,693 per month.

Katy Housing Statistics
Occupied Housing Units 7,095
Owner occupied 82.21%
Renter occupied 17.79%

What are the major industries in Katy?

The most common industry in Katy is the healthcare sector, which employs nearly 12% of the workforce. Professional, scientific and technical services come in second, followed by educational services.

What are the top employers in Katy?

Some of Katy’s top employers include Katy Mills Mall, Costco and La Centerra. A number of big-name corporations also have offices and distribution centers in the city, including Igloo Corporation, BP America, and Academy Sports and Outdoors.

Katy Employment Statistics
White Collar 8,922
Blue Collar 1,747
White Collar 83.63%
Blue Collar 16.37%
Self Employment 1,609
Private Companies 7,251
Governmental Workers 1,573
Not for Profit Companies 236
Self Employment 15.08%
Private Companies 67.96%
Governmental Workers 14.74%
Not for Profit Companies 2.21%

Does Katy have good schools?

The Katy Independent School District is a highly praised school system and is certified as “recognized” by the Texas Education Agency. It provides a number of schools, including seven well-regarded high schools. The historic Katy High School has been operational since 1898, while Taylor High School is a former National Blue Ribbon School.

What are the top colleges in Katy?

Both the University of Houston and Houston Community College Northwest have campuses in the city, offering a variety of certifications and degree programs.

Katy Education Statistics
No High School2.44%
Some High School22.52%
Some College22.64%
Associate Degree8.93%
Bachelor Degree24.57%
Graduate Degree18.89%

What is there to do in Katy for families?

The entire family can enjoy a day out at either Main Event or Dave & Busters, with both featuring bowling, arcades and much more. The Katy Contemporary Art Museum is interesting and encourages kids with an admission ticket costing just $2. When you need to cool off, Typhoon Texas Waterpark offers an amazing array of waterslides, rides and much more.

Are there parks in Katy?

Katy is home to a number of city and neighborhood parks. Mary Jo Peckham Park is a popular choice, featuring fishing, picnic areas, mini golf, an indoor pool, workout equipment, and cycling and hiking trails. 

Where can I walk my dog in Katy?

Both Millie Bush Bark Park and the City of Katy Dog Park provide a free and safe place for your canine friends to enjoy the sun and open-air off-leash.

What are the main annual events in Katy?

The annual Rice Harvest Festival takes place each October and has become one of the city’s biggest events. There’s a parade; food trucks and stands; live music and entertainment; and a variety of shops and stands selling local produce. Another date to note is the July 4th Katy Freedom Celebration event, with its fireworks displays, ceremonies and carnival atmosphere.

What is there to do in Katy for couples?

Though small, Katy has several places for a great date night. The historic city center is home to a number of quality restaurants, while both AMC Katy Mills 20 and the Cinemark 19 will show the latest blockbusters. For something a little different, head to the Alamo Drafthouse, where you can catch a movie while grabbing dinner and drinks. Alternatively, head to No Label Brewing Co. for a beer-tasting and treat your taste buds to a number of locally produced brews.

What cultural things are there to do in Katy?

The New World Theater hosts a number of live concerts, musicals and theater productions throughout the year. It’s also a great place to try out a new hobby, with numerous workshops, such as dance classes and summer camps on offer. The Katy Heritage Museum is a great place to discover the local history and take in an array of fascinating exhibits and artifacts.

Where to go shopping in Katy?

Katy’s main shopping venue is Katy Mills Mall, a behemoth featuring a host of department stores, restaurants, cafes and independent boutiques. Alternatively, La Centerra is another popular mall that should have everything you need, from groceries to your favorite cup of coffee.

Katy Household Statistics
Total Number of Households 7,095
Average People Per Household 3
Median Household Income$115,250
Average Household Income$133,123
No Children

What are the renters’ rights in Katy?

Renters’ rights in Katy are protected by Texas state laws, which dictate that all tenants are protected from landlord retaliation. As such, tenants can feel confident that they won’t be persecuted for complaining to either the city or their landlord directly regarding things like safety issues, urgent repairs and inappropriate living conditions.