People always ask "Where is Katy, Texas". There is the City of Katy and/or the Katy postal addresses. The actual City of Katy encompasses the original village of Katy and surrounding subdivisions and open farm and ranch lands. It is located about 25 miles west of downtown Houston. The original village is often referred to as "Old Town Katy", "Old Katy", or "Katy Proper". Though mostly to the north, the City of Katy straddles I-10. The current population is approximately 14,000.
Historically, Katy was a farm and ranch village which settled its residents in the late 1800's. Many of the original family names are still seen throughout the city. Cattle, and rice and cotton crops were the main staple in the area. Several rice silos remain and the city celebrates this heritage each October with the Rice Harvest Festival. Katy incorporated as a city in the mid 1940's and many of the old cottages in the original downtown are now small shops, offices and antique stores.
During the 1970's this area started developing. Subdivisions were developed just north and south of I-10, east of the City of Katy along Fry Road and Mason Road. The vast majority of homes in Katy lie in unincorporated portions of the three counties. These unincorporated areas, therefore, lie in the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction of the various cities (mostly Houston), but must provide their own services, like fire and emergency services. The cities, at their discretion, can annex these areas. In Katy you will find a small town atmosphere, great schools, affordable homes, attractive amenities and all within proximity to a big city or the Energy Corridor.