Spanish explorers played a big role in the settlement of Texas, and that includes the city of Atascocita, a fast-growing community in unincorporated Harris County. The city takes its name from the Atascosito Road, an important East-West trail first established by Alonzo DeLeon in the late 17th century.
By 1820, it had become the most travelled road in Texas, connecting San Antonio, San Felipe, and the Spanish outpost known as Atascocito. Today, it is known as FM 1960, and the city of Atasocita takes pride in its origins.
If you’re planning to relocate to Atascocita, it’s important to know as much as possible about the city that will be your new home. That’s why we’ve put together this guide with key information about the city’s people, schools, climate, and culture to help you prepare.
Atascocita today is a small city near Houston. When the Spanish founded the Atascocito military post, they did so to prevent French settlers from trading with the Native Americans. Its strategic location made it ideal for the purpose, and the road built to reach it is still the most direct East-West route in the area.
As of the 2010 census, Atascocita had a population of 65,844. That number represented an enormous ten-year-long growth spurt. The city’s population in 2000 had been only 35,757. In other words, the city’s population increased by more than 84% in those ten years, which explains why it was named one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States.
The demographic makeup of Atascocita is diverse. Approximately 19% of the population is African American and 22% is Latino. There’s also a sizable Native American population. In many ways, Atascocita is representative of Texas as a whole.
Education in Atascocita
Children living in Atascocita are part of the Humble Independent School District. There are six elementary schools within the city limits, but some students from Atascocita are served by Maplebrook Elementary in Houston, Deerwood and Greentree in Kingwood, and other schools in the area.
There are three middle schools in Atascocita proper (Humble, Timberwood, and Wood Creek) but some students also attend schools in Houston, Humble, and Kingwood.
Most high school students in Atascocita attend Atascocita High School, but some go to Humble High, Kingwood High, and Summer Creek High School. In addition to these traditional high schools, Atascocita is a home to the Quest Early College High School, a magnet school that admits students on a selective basis.
If you’re interested in higher education, the Lone Star Community College network has established Atascocita Center, where students can study for the GED, take English as a Second Language, and take college courses to complete a degree. Likewise, the University of Houston offers evening business administration classes for adults.
The Cost of Living in Atascocita
Any time you relocate, it’s important to take the cost of living in your current and future locations into consideration. Depending on where you move, there can be a significant difference in what it costs to buy or rent a home, and pay for groceries, transportation, utilities, and healthcare.
The cost of living in Atascocita is slightly below the national average. The cost of housing here is about 1% higher than the national average. However, those costs are offset by favorable differences in other key areas.
For example, groceries in Atascocita cost about 15% less than the national average, while utilities, transportation, and healthcare are all between 3% and 5% less than the national average.
What that means in practical terms is that if you are relocating to Atascocita from someplace very expensive, like New York or San Francisco, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by your expenses here. On the other hand, those relocating from inexpensive areas in the South and Midwest may find that the prices are a little higher than they’re used to.
Sunshine and Rain
The climate in Atascocita is what you might expect considering its proximity to Houston. During the summer, the weather is hot and humid. In the winter, you can expect cooler weather. However, it rarely if ever snows in this area of the country.
The annual rainfall in Atascocita is higher than the national average, 53 inches compared to the average of 39. However, when you add in the average snowfall (0 inches compared to the average of 26), the overall precipitation is not much higher than what you might expect in other areas of the country.
Atascocita’s residents enjoy sunshine on an average of 204 days a year. It is worth noting that while this area doesn’t get much snow, it is prone to severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes during the summer months.
Overall, the weather here is temperate and enjoyable. Residents of Atascocita can enjoy outdoor activities like golf, hiking, and cookouts, 12 months of the year. That’s a real benefit to living here.
Preparing to Move to Atascocita
If you are relocating to Atascocita for a job, you may not have much flexibility with your moving date. However, if you do, there are some things to keep in mind. Check out our article on Manufacturing jobs in Atascocita
Moving in the summer can be a challenge due to the heat, humidity, and risk of rain. If you must move during the summer, consider hiring professional movers or – if you want to do the move yourself – start very early in the day to avoid the worst of the heat. You should also have plastic sheeting on hand to protect your belongings in case it rains.
You’ll want to get your utilities set up ahead of time, especially your electricity, gas, and other essential services. Here are some links to get you started.
Center Point Energy (electricity and natural gas)
Atascocita Community Improvement Association (trash pickup)
Xfinity (cable and internet)
If you’re moving to Humble from outside of Texas, you’ll need to go to a Texas DMV location to change the registration for your car, pay the fees, and get new license plates. You can apply for a Texas driver’s license at the same time. Texas requires an inspection and emissions test prior to registration. You can find information about inspections and fees here.
Atascocita Culture and Entertainment
Atascocita’s cultural scene is limited by its size. However, the opportunities for outdoor fun abound. Atascocita borders Lake Houston, and boating, swimming, waterskiing, and sunbathing are all popular activities in the warm weather.
Likewise, the city boasts many smaller parks and several large ones. The Lindsay Lyons Park/Sports Center has a playground, a barbecue pavilion, and fields for baseball, softball, soccer, and football. A recent addition is a sensory garden for children with impaired eyesight. I.T. May Park is home to one of the area’s best senior centers.
If you’re seeking nightlife, live music, and museums, then you can find them with a quick commute. The city of Houston and its attractions are only 18 miles away. As you may know, Houston is home to several professional sports teams, including baseball, basketball, football and soccer.
Houston also offers a world-class aquarium and zoo, the Houston Space Center, and a host of museums where you can see famous paintings, sculptures, and cultural artifacts. The city has a thriving live music scene, too.
If outdoor activities are your preference, you should know that Houston boasts 55,000 acres of green space – more than any of the 10 most populous cities in the United States.
As you prepare for your final move, it may be helpful to make a checklist or even a loose-leaf binder to keep track of essential tasks. Remember to book your moving company early. If you wait, you may end having to move at a time that’s not convenient for you. Booking early will ensure you get the services you need.
Atascocita’s friendly people, beautiful parks, and mild weather are waiting to welcome you!
Enjoy this Expedia video of Houston, which is very close to Atascocita