Living in Cleveland Texas

Living in Cleveland Texas

In 1854, a church and convent was built by Father Peter La Cour near the town’s present site. The town began forming in 1878 when Charles Lander Cleveland, a local judge, donated 63.6 acres of land to the Houston East & West Texas Railway (now part of the Union Pacific Railroad) for use as a stop, requesting that the town be named for him. Since 1900, Cleveland has served as the junction of this line and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe (now the BNSF Railway). The town was incorporated in 1935.

The forests around Cleveland, including Sam Houston National Forest (located just to its north) are a resort for many inhabitants of the Houston area, who come to camp, hike, hunt and fish. Cleveland has several historic sites and public recreational facilities, including three parks and the new municipal park with baseball fields. The Austin Memorial Library Center offers a wide range of services to the community. The Texan Theater, Dairy Days annual livestock show and rodeo, Cleveland Community Chorus concerts, July 4 celebration, Halloween Treat Street and Hometown Christmas provide entertainment and celebratory activities to the surrounding area.


Cleveland operates under the council-manager form of government. Under this system, the mayor and five council members appoint the city manager who acts as the chief executive officer of the government. The city manager carries out policy and administers city programs. All department heads, including the city attorney, police chief and fire chief, are ultimately responsible to the city manager. All city council positions are officially nonpartisan.


The major route traveling through Cleveland is U.S. Highway 59, also known as Interstate Highway 69, running directionally north and south. State Highway 105 running directionally east and west crosses I-69 in Cleveland.


Cleveland Municipal Airport has recently renovated with the addition of many new hangers and is located just east of town. Bush International Airport, a major Texas airport, is 34 miles to the south.


Cleveland is characterized by pleasant spring and autumn weather; mild, cool winters; and hot, humid summers. Average high temperature is 77.2 °F.


Cleveland blends the best of small-town comforts with big-city advantages. The city is an uncongested, friendly, stress-free atmosphere within easy reach of the bustle of Houston and its outlying communities.

Cleveland is also the sportsman’s gateway to the lush and scented forests of the Big Thicket all year-round. The town is literally surrounded with outdoor attractions and opportunities, from camping, hunting, fishing and hiking to ghost towns, a nationally-renowned herb farm, wildlife preserves, lakes, rivers and scenic drives.

Cleveland is growing into a vibrant community of opportunity and prosperity, while retaining the grace and serenity of a Texas country town. And it’s steadily becoming a beacon for the many suburban families just looking for a little quality time off, outside. Come and spend some time in Cleveland. As the gateway to the forest country, Cleveland has a lot to offer, and even more on the way!


$65,660 Estimated average household income
2,189 Unemployed (July 2015)
105,152 Population (Estimated 2018)
14.4 % Population growth (2010-2018)
8.% Estimated population growth 2018-2023

Age Group 2018 Population % of Population
Under 5 years 7,315: 6.6%
5 to 9 years 7,594: 7.2%
10 to 14 years 7,920: 7.5%
15 to 17 years 4,813: 4.6%
18 to 20 years 4,322: 4.1%
21 to 24 years 5,657: 5.4%
25 to 34 years 13,045: 12.4%
35 to 44 years 12,678: 12.0%
45 to 54 years 13,449: 12.8%
55 to 64 years 13,333: 12.7%
65 to 74 years 9,440: 9.0%
75 to 84 years 4,331: 4.1%
85 years plus 1,255: 1.2%

  • Located approximately 40 miles northeast of Houston and  22 miles east of Conroe
  • Situated at Interstate Highway 69 (the International Freeway)  and State Highway 105
  • Traffic counts exceed 34,000 cars per day on Interstate Highway 69
  • Retail Trade Area population of 105,152
  • Grand Oaks Reserve is a 600-acre mixed-use development that began building in late 2017. Model homes are now on sale. It will include a golf course, condominiums, apartments, parks single-family homes and a country club. Commercial development has begun in front along Highway 105.
  • McKinley Development is developing a 122-acre industrial warehouse development at Highway 105 & Fostoria Road. They have begun leasing/selling warehouse lots. State Highway 105 Bypass provides additional development opportunities.
  • Grand Parkway (State Highway 99) begins construction of its east leg this year. This will provide additional development  opportunities.

The retail area of Cleveland is served by the Cleveland, Tarkington, Shepherd, Coldspring and Splendora independent school districts. Cleveland is one of the fastest-growing school districts in Texas. College courses are available at Lone Star College-Kingwood, approximately 25 miles south on Interstate 69. A number of larger universities are located within easy driving distance of Cleveland, such as the University of Houston and Rice University in Houston and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

Cleveland ISD |
Tarkington ISD |
Shepherd ISD |
Coldspring—Oakhurst ISD |
Splendora ISD |
Lone Star College-Kingwood |
University of Houston |
Rice University |
Sam Houston State University |


Contact the Civic Center,
(281) 592-2395 for reservations or information.

Cleveland City Park
102 Campbell St.

  • Basketball court
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Sand volleyball court

Old City Park
320 Hubert St.

  • Pavilion
  • Picnic shelters
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Sand volleyball court

Samuel Wiley Park
1030 Green St.

  • Covered basketball court
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms

Cleveland Municipal Park (although devastated by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, all facilities have been completely repaired and/or upgraded)
26350 SH 321

  • 97-acre facility
  • Baseball/softball complex with five fields
  • Soccer and football field
  • Restrooms
  • Air conditioned concession stand
  • Covered bleachers
  • Parking

Stancil Exposition Center and Arena
211 Peach Ave.

  • Grill
  • Livestock show barn
  • Parking
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic areas, shelters and tables
  • Restrooms
  • Rodeo arena
  • Running water