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 4th 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 received a 1 million dollar upgrade allowing it to meet all TxDOT specifications. It is located just east of town. The airport is adjacent to the new Cleveland Industrial Park to the east.
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!
2015 ECONOMIC DEMOGRAPHICS
$39,891 Average Earnings
2,189 Unemployed (July 2015)
78,484 Population (0.3% of State)
3.5% Population Growth (Last 5 Years)
8.4% State Growth
Age Group2015 Population % of Population
Under 5 years5,3386.8%
5 to 9 years5,5077.0%
10 to 14 years5,4016.9%
15 to 19 years5,2686.7%
20 to 24 years5,4366.9%
25 to 29 years5,4887.0%
30 to 34 years5,2586.7%
35 to 39 years4,8236.1%
40 to 44 years5,1766.6%
45 to 49 years5,1856.6%
50 to 54 years5,5067.0%
55 to 59 years5,2436.7%
60 to 64 years4,5985.9%
65 to 69 years3,8014.8%
70 to 74 years2,7043.4%
75 to 79 years1,6972.2%
80 to 84 years1,1371.4%
85 years plus9171.2%
CITY OF CLEVELAND
Located approximately 40 miles
northeast of Houston and 22 miles
east of Conroe.
Situated at Interstate Highway 69 and State Highway 105.
Traffic counts exceed 34,000 cars per day on Interstate Highway 69.
Retail Trade Area population of 76,567.
Grand Oaks Reserve is a 600 acre mixed-use development that began
being built in late 2017. It will include a golf course, condominiums,
apartments, parks, single-family homes and a country club.
McKinley Development started a 122 acre industrial warehouse
development at Hwy. 105 & Fostoria Rd.
State Highway105 Bypass provides additional development
Grand Parkway (State Highway 99) will begin construction of its east
leg in 2018 providing additional development opportunities.
The retail area of Cleveland is served by the Cleveland, Tarkington, Shepherd, Coldspring and Splendora independent school districts (ISD). Cleveland has become one of the fastest growing school districts in Southeast 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, i.e. the University of Houston and Rice University in Houston and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Cleveland ISD www.clevelandisd.org
Tarkington ISD www.tarkingtonisd.net
Shepherd ISD www.shepherdisd.net
Coldspring – Oakhurst ISD www.cocisd.org
Splendora ISD www.splendoraisd.org
Lone Star College – Kingwood www.lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm
University of Houston www.uh.edu
Rice University www.rice.edu
Sam Houston State University www.shsu.edu
Cleveland City Park
102 Campbell St.
Cleveland, TX 77327
Sand Volleyball Court
Old City Park
320 Hubert St., Cleveland, TX 77327
Sand Volleyball Court
Samuel Wiley Park
1030 Green St.
Cleveland, TX 77327
Covered Basketball Court
Cleveland Municipal Park
26350 SH 321, Cleveland, TX 77327
Baseball/Softball Complex with 5 Fields
Soccer and Football Field
Air Conditioned Concession Stand
Stancil Exposition Center & Arena
211 Peach Ave., Cleveland, TX 77327
Livestock Show Barn
Picnic Areas, Shelters & Tables
Contact the Civic Center at (281) 592-2395 for reservations or for additional information on these parks.