Located in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Metropolitan area, the quiet town of Lake Jackson is steeped in Texan pride. Coming upon its 70th anniversary, this growing community is showing no signs of slowing down. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city is showing growth with a population of nearly 27,500. Known as the "City of Enchantment," it is easy to see what is drawing so many Texans to Lake Jackson apartments for rent. With its natural scenic beauty, gorgeous riverways and an elevation atypical for a desert climate, this city is true oasis in the Lone Star State.
Before the first brush was cleared for the city of Lake Jackson, the entire community was designed by Alden B. Dow who wanted to provide living accommodations for the thousands of Dow employees that had already made their home in the area. Dow was originally impressed with the area because of its high elevation. Since so many Gulf Storms are prevalent in Texas during the summer, the city has a natural irrigation system and barrier for floods that is rare for many cities in Texas.
Since Dow was a bit of a environmentalist, many of the trees were spared even though 1,300 acres had to be cleared for residential and commercial space. Today, the trees in the area have come to define the natural beauty that makes so many citizens here proud. Although the area was originally settled years before, the city wasn't incorporated until 1944. After World War II, the city saw much of its growth and by 1954 the town was large enough to vote from its own home rule charter.
Chemical manufacturing and specialty contracting are the leading industries in Lake Jackson, so it makes sense that the top employer is The Dow Chemical Company. Dish Network, Conoco Phillips and Brand Energy Solutions LLC also have operational hubs in Lake Jackson, making the area a great place to live and work.
Many students in the area attend the nearby Medical Branch of the University of Texas. Students here can earn doctorate and post-doctorate degrees in medicine, nursing, health professions and biomedical sciences. Whether you are a student taking courses locally or commuting to the Houston area, finding a perfect Lake Jackson apartment near campus should begin well before classes start to make sure you are getting the right place.
Despite its ideal location and amenities, Lake Jackson has a cost of living index that is 12 points lower than the national average, making it a very affordable place to call home. According to information from city-data.com, the median gross rent in 2009 was $817 per month and median household income was nearly $30,000 more per year than the state's average, so it is no wonder that the area has seen a growth spurt in recent years.
Locals love to frequent the Texas Sea Center, which is free to the public. At this Texas state park, residents can check out the Gulf Aquarium that houses eels, exotic saltwater fish, coral reefs and sharks. The center is also part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, which is home to more than 150 species of wildlife. This also a great place for a romantic afternoon or quiet picnic, since the small outdoor pavilion is home to butterfly and hummingbird gardens.
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