Cinco Ranch, Texas

Cinco Ranch, Texas
Cinco Ranch, Texas
—  CDP  —
Coordinates: 29°44′29″N 95°45′30″W / 29.74139°N 95.75833°W / 29.74139; -95.75833Coordinates: 29°44′29″N 95°45′30″W / 29.74139°N 95.75833°W / 29.74139; -95.75833
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Fort Bend, Harris
 - Total 4.9 sq mi (12.8 km2)
 - Land 4.9 sq mi (12.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 112 ft (34 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 11,196
 - Density 2,270.0/sq mi (876.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 48-14929[1]
GNIS feature ID 1852694[2]

Cinco Ranch is a census-designated place and master-planned community located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston within Fort Bend and Harris Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 11,196 at the 2000 census. It lies about 25 miles (40 km) west of the Harris County seat of Houston and 10 miles (16 km) north of the Fort Bend County seat of Richmond. Cinco Ranch is considered to be part of the Greater Katy area and is roughly 10 miles (16 km) southeast of the city of Katy.



The Cinco Ranch community goes back to before Texas became a republic. In the 1820s, pioneer Moses Austin was granted by the Spanish government the authority to settle 300 families in the valleys of the Brazos and Colorado. rivers. He died before he was able to accomplish this, but his son Stephen F. Austin was able to complete his father's wishes, even under the newly established Mexican government. One of the men who moved into these 300 slots of land (each one over 4000 acres (16 km²) was Randolph Foster, whose land spread across Fort Bend and Waller counties and upon which wild horses, deer, Indians and buffalo lived.

Foster’s daughter married Thomas Blakeley, cattleman and future sheriff of Fort Bend County. Their son, Bassett Blakeley, took after his father and grandfather and soon grew into a cowboy and cattleman. Bassett Blakeley owned 15,000 acres (61 km²) of land and 14,000 head of Brahman cattle, along with his grandfather's land. The cowhands of his Blakeley Ranch annually drove 10,000 head of cattle to the railheads in Kansas.

In 1937, Blakeley sold the working ranch to William Wheless, who convinced four of his friends, J.S. Abercrombie, W.B. Pryon, H.G. Nelms and L.M. Josey—all, like him, wealthy from oil—to become his partners at the ranch. In a nod to its Spanish roots perhaps, they called it Cinco Ranch (cinco means "five" in Spanish). Only the Wheless family lived on the ranch, but all of the families visited on many holidays and weekends, making use of a huge clubhouse complete with two bedroom wings. The ranch was not merely involved in cattle—it also had several acres of rice—for years, the main output of Katy, Texas—and peanut production.

In February 1984, the largest raw land transaction in the history of Houston took place when Cinco Ranch Venture, consisting of U. S. Home, the Mischer Corporation, and American General Corporation, purchased Cinco Ranch for a 5,000 acre (20 km²) master plan development. American General eventually bought out the other partners. In 1997, Cinco Ranch and other American General land development assets were purchased by Terrabrook, a wholly owned subsidiary of real estate investor Westbrook Partners. In 2003, Cinco Ranch and other Terrabrook developments were purchased by San Diego-based Newland Communities. Also in 2003, Newland Communities purchased 1,828 acres (7.40 km2) west of the Grand Parkway and contiguous to Cinco Ranch. This acquisition along with several smaller parcels that were subsequently purchased by Newland Communities ultimately increased the size of Cinco Ranch to approximately 7,600 acres (31 km2).

Resident Amenities

Cinco Ranch Recreation Center

The Beach Club


  • A swim lagoon of 0.5 acres (2,000 m2)
  • A white sand beach
  • Sailboats and paddleboats available for resident use in adjacent South Lake
  • Catch-and-release fishing permitted
  • Sandpit volleyball courts
  • Shade verandah and covered deck
  • Picnic facilities

The Water Park

A new amenity. It includes:

  • Three swimming pools, including a diving well and baby pool
  • Spray park with a frog slide for small children
  • Two water slides
  • Two water chutes
  • Tennis courts
  • Covered picnic area with barbecue grill
  • Wooded setting
  • Playground
  • Basketball half-court
  • Neighborhood Recreation

North Lake Village Recreation Center


  • Swimming pool
  • Two wading pools
  • Four laykold tennis courts
  • Playground

Greenway Village Recreation Center


  • Competition pool (25-yard, six-lane)
  • Basketball court
  • Playground
  • Picnic area

South Ranch Recreation Center


  • Competition pool (10-lane with diving well)
  • Wading pool
  • Cabana with restrooms
  • Park/Playground
  • Picnic area

Park Hollow Recreation Center


  • Pool
  • Park

Highland Park Recreation Center

  • Eight lane competition pool with diving well
  • Wading pool
  • Playground
  • Picnic area
  • Sport Court


The 167-acre (0.7 km2) Golf Club, owned by Evergreen Alliance Golf Limited (EAGLE Golf), is an 18-hole, par-71 daily fee course, with numerous bunkers and water hazards.

The Golf Academy at Cinco Ranch hosts junior golf instructional clinics throughout the year and in the summer. Teaching children ages 6–14, the Academy emphasizes fun and fellowship, along with instruction in the fundamentals of the game.

The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch Player Development Program is renowned and has been benchmarked across the country for its success in retaining golfers while promoting practice, game improvement, and short game fundamentals that increase adult golfer's enjoyment of their golf game.

Parks And Greenbelts

The parks of Cinco Ranch range from neighborhood pocket parks to major neighborhood recreation centers containing things like swimming pools and tennis courts. Lakefront parks are located along 14-acre (57,000 m2) South Lake, which offers fishing, sailing and paddle boating for residents. A 3-acre (12,000 m2) recreation area is nestled along the shore of Park Lake, the second-largest lake.

Cinco Ranch has a growing network of greenbelt trails, making it possible to jog, bike or rollerblade between almost anywhere in Cinco Ranch, including recreational facilities and schools in the community. The multi-station Exer-Trail is for workouts. There is also the Bayou Nature Trail, extending nearly four miles and preserving almost 70 acres (280,000 m2) of woodland and wetland habitat. Plans are currently underway to connect the Bayou Nature Trail to the Buffalo Bayou Hike And Bike Trail. This will allow residents of Cinco Ranch to ride their bikes from the Grand Parkway to Beltway 8 - a 26-mile (42 km) bike trail.


The Katy Family YMCA's 40,000-square-foot (4,000 m2) building has 5,000 square feet (500 m2) of cardio and free weight equipment, including treadmills, bikes, stairclimbers, EFX Cross Trainers and a Cybex strength training circuit. The group exercise program offers more than 75 classes in aerobics, kickboxing, pilates, yoga among others.

The YMCA offers free Child Watch and Kid Watch services for members. The YMCA also offers Before and After School programs for children ages 5–12 in most KISD elementary schools. Other activities include Spring Break and Winter Break camps.

The YMCA's youth sports programs include soccer, flag football, volleyball, basketball and baseball. Other youth activities include Taekwondo, Dance, Teen Fitness and Babysitting Certification.

The YMCA was originally named after Ken Lay; Lay asked for his name to be removed from the YMCA in June 2006.

Katy Amateur Radio Society

The Katy Amateur Radio Society (KARS) has about 30 Amateur Radio operators.[1] The KARS net operates every Tuesday at 8:00 PM on the KT5TX 147.20 MHz repeater. KARS monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at the I-10 West Fire Station #4 on Franz just east of Grand Parkway.[2]


Map of the Cinco Ranch CDP

Cinco Ranch is located at 29°44′29″N 95°45′30″W / 29.74139°N 95.75833°W / 29.74139; -95.75833 (29.741522, -95.758343)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.8 km²). None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,196 people, 3,375 households, and 3,064 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,270.0 people per square mile (876.8/km²). There were 3,594 housing units at an average density of 728.7/sq mi (281.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.92% White, 2.85% African American, 0.23% Native American, 6.63% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.06% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.84% of the population.

14% of Cinco Ranch residents report German ancestry, another 14% report English ancestry, and 10% report Irish. These are the three most common reported ancestries. Fourth is Asian, at 7%.

There were 3,375 households out of which 63.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 84.9% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.2% were non-families. 7.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.32 and the average family size was 3.52.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 38.3% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 3.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $111,517, and the median income for a family was $114,550. Males had a median income of $90,117 versus $42,304 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $37,747. About 1.5% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Pupils in Cinco Ranch are zoned to schools of the Katy Independent School District in and around Cinco Ranch.[4]

Elementary schools in Cinco Ranch:

  • Betty Sue Creech Elementary School
  • Edna Mae Fielder Elementary School
  • Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School
  • James E. Williams Elementary School
  • Jo Ella Exley Elementary School
  • Stan Stanley Elementary School

Other elementary schools serving Cinco Ranch:

  • Michael L. Griffin Elementary School
  • Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary School

Junior high schools in Cinco Ranch:

  • Rodger & Ellen Beck Junior High School
  • Beckendorff Junior High School
  • Cinco Ranch Junior High School

Other junior high schools serving Cinco Ranch:

  • WoodCreek Junior High School
  • Garland McMeans Junior High School (Meadow Ridge, Park View, & Park Hollow neighborhoods)

High schools in Cinco Ranch

Other high schools serving Cinco Ranch

  • James E. Taylor High School (Meadow Ridge, Park View, & Park Hollow neighborhoods)

Colleges and universities

The Houston Community College System serves Cinco Ranch. The Northwest College's Katy Campus is in an unincorporated section of Harris County.[7]

University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch is in Cinco Ranch in unincorporated Fort Bend County.

Public libraries

Cinco Ranch is served by the Cinco Ranch Branch Library of the Fort Bend County Libraries system, located across from Cinco Ranch High School and one block from Texas State Highway 99 (Grand Parkway). The library first opened as the Katy/Fort Bend Branch Library in a room on the campus of the University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch in June 1998. In 1999 the branch, which outgrew its first location, moved to the former Cinco Ranch development company sales office as a result of the efforts of the Katy/Fort Bend Friends. The community asked for a larger library, and Fort Bend County kudge Jim Adolphus organized efforts to have a library established. Adolphus negotiated a donation of a library site from Terrabrook, a developer in Cinco Ranch, and secured a challenge grant. In addition Adolphus and Fort Bend County judge candidate Bob Hebert co-hosted a fundraising gala for the challenge grant. The Cinco Ranch community, led by the Katy/Fort Bend Friends association, worked with Fort Bend County officials to find funds for the construction of a new library. The current 33,500 square feet (3,110 m2) library opened on April 3, 2004.[8]


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