History & Demographics

    The meaning and history of the Brays Oaks Logo:

  • The oak tree represents strength.
  • The many tree branches symbolize all the community partners.
  • The deep tree roots represent the deep commitment to community and stability of community members living in the area for many, many years.
  • The water reflects the Brays Bayou flowing through the community and its distintive physical presence.
  • The yellow sun with its beaming rays reflects the community’s commitment to its revitalization.

The Brays Oaks Management District (BOMD), sometimes called an Improvement District, finances projects related to public transportation & mobility, community safety, beautification, parks and green space land management, economic development and related issues. The District provides a means by which the community can leverage local resources, public and private, to secure additional services and funding, gain political strength, and improve quality of life. By doing so, the District is able to provide a positive influence in shaping the future growth of the community for those who live, own property, work, and attend school within the District.

The District was created in 2005 by the Texas Legislature and consists of approximately 2,700 households and over 73,000 residents. Originally part of oil tycoon Walter Fondren’s Ranch, Brays Oaks is one of Houston’s most accessible communities with a mixture of families, culture and commercial businesses this neighborhood has become a popular place to live as well as work. The District covers approximately 15 sq miles centering on the former Greater Fondren Southwest area of Houston. The boundaries are from S. Post Oak on the east to US 59 on the west; Bissonnet is the northern boundary and US 90A/Main Street our southern edge. The District is entirely in Houston and Harris County, Texas.

BOMD provides programs and services in accordance with its published Service Plan. The District is funded through 10 cents per hundred-dollar property value assessment on commercial properties only. No residential property or exempt property is assessed. The Services are supplemental to those offered by the City of Houston, Harris County, and other units of government.

An 11-member, all volunteer, board of directors, consisting of area commercial and apartment property owners and civic leaders living in the District governs the BOMD. The members are appointed by the Houston City Council.

A statistical portrait of the District, its residents, and businesses.

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Land Use

As the map demonstrates, District land use varies but is predominantly residential.

Population and Housing Units

The following table reports population, households and housing units for the 2010 census year, 2012 estimated and 2017 projected for the Brays Oaks District compared with City Council District K.

POPULATION, HOUSEHOLDS, & HOUSING UNITS (000s)

Source: ESRI Brays Oaks District Council District K
2010 2012 2017 2010 2012 2017
Population 96.5 98.4 104.9 196.3 202.5 219.8
Households 35.2 35.9 38.0 69.9 72.3 78.1
Owner Occupied 15.2 15.2 16.4 37.4 37.7 41.4
Renter Occupied 19.9 20.7 21.6 32.5 34.6 36.7
Vacant Units 5.7 5.5 5.4 8.1 7.9 7.7
 Total Houston Units 40.8 41.4 43.4  78.0 80.2 85.8

Projected population growth from 2012 to 2017 is projected to be 6.6% for the Brays Oaks District and 8.5% for District K as a whole, both healthy rates of growth. The higher rate of growth projected for District K is likely due to the relatively larger amount of undeveloped land available for new housing development in the City Council District

Median Age

Median age in the Brays Oaks District for 2012 was 32.6, typical of the Houston area. The median age nationwide is 37.3.

Race_and_EthnicityRace and Ethnicity

As is typical for the City of Houston, the District’s population is comprised largely of White, Hispanic and African American segments.

Nearly 6% is now Asian.

Hispanic Origin (Any Race) for 2010 is 33% at 24,307.

Median Household Income

Though somewhat lower than that for the City of Houston as a whole, median household income in the District is projected to grow by 4.15% per year over the 2012-2017 period.

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME ($000s)

estimated/projected
Brays Oaks City of Houston Harris County 10-Co. MSA
2012 2017 2012 2017 2012 2017 2012 2017
$37.8 $46.3 $40.5 $50.4 $49.8 $57.1 $52.7 $60.3

Subdivisions and Home Values

The Brays Oaks District, in many ways, is the best kept secret in Houston. It has 42 middle income subdivisions, many of which were built out in the 70s and early 80s, with well maintained homes and active homeowner associations. However, while the direction of Houston area growth in the 90s and 00s was primarily west, north and in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties, accompanied by sharp increases in existing home values, values in the Brays Oaks subdivisions remained stable. Accordingly, many residential realtors are beginning to realize that Brays Oaks homes may offer outstanding bargains to homebuyers, especially considering the fact that they are nearly all inside the Beltway.

OWNER OCCUPIED HOMES BY VALUE

Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey
Value Range 2012 Est. 2017 Proj.
Less than $100,000 21.1 % 15.8%
$100,000 – $149,999 35.1 31.6
$150,000 – $199,999 23.8 28.2
$200,000 – $249,999 11.4 14.8
$250,000 – $299,999 5.2 5.9
$300,000 or more 3.3 3.8
Totals 100.0% 100.0%
Median Value $141,160 $154,664

BOMD-Education-levelsEducational Attainment

Over one-fourth of District residents 25 years or older have college or graduate level degrees.

Median Value = $127,435

Source: U.S. Census, Community Survey

Occupations of Working Population

The Brays Oaks working population 16 years or older is engaged in a wide variety of pursuits.

Source: U.S. Census, Community Survey

 

OCCUPATIONS OF EMPLOYED POPULATION

Occupation Employed – 16+
Managment 6.8%
Business & financial 3.7
Computer & mathematical 1.8
Architecture & engineering 1.7
Life, physical & social sciences 0.8
Community & social services 1.3
 Legal 1.5
Education & training 6.3
Visual & performing arts 1.1
Healthcare 7.4
Protective services 1.6
Food preparation & service 5.7
Building & grounds maintenance 7.4
Personal care & services 3.2
Sales & related 10.2
Office & administrative 16.1
Farming 0.1
Construction & extraction 10.5
Installation, maintenance and repair 2.6
Production (industrial) 3.7
Transportation and material moving 6.6
 Total  100.0%

Transportation

As is the case in most areas of Houston, the large majority of District workers drive alone to work. Only 6% use public transportation. However, the District is working with METRO on plans to improve bus service in key Corridors and bring light rail to the South Main Corridor to greatly enhance transit options and travel times and reduce dependence on privately owned vehicles.

MEANS OF TRANSPORATION TO WORK

Method Used Employed – 16+
Drive alone 70.4%
Carpool 17.7
Public Transportation 6.2
Taxi 0.2
Motorcycle/Bicycle 0.3
Walk 1.2
Other Means 1.1
Work at Home 2.8
Total 100.0%

Retail Expenditures

District households spend nearly $1.5 billion annually for retail goods and services, thereby providing strong support for retail and restaurant businesses in Southwest Houston.

Source: Consumer Expenditure Survey,
Bureau of Labor Statistics

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RETAIL GOODS & SERVICES EXPENDITURES ($ MILLIONS)

Products/Services Amount
Apparel and Jewelry $50.0
Computer Hardware, Software & Accessories 6.7
Entertainment & Recreation 90.6
Food at Home 132.6
Food Away from Home 96.2
Alcoholic Beverages 17.3
Nonalcoholic Beverages at Home 13.1
Financial 184.1
Health 17.4
Mortgage Payments & Basics 240.3
Home Maintenance & Remodeling 56.4
Home Utilities 127.2
Household Furnishings & Equipment 34.8
Household Operations 26.4
Housekeeping Supplies 20.1
Insurance 105.2
Transportation 239.4
Travel 37.0
Total 100.0%

District Businesses

There are nearly 5,000 businesses with 20,800
employees in the Brays Oaks District. Over half
are devoted to services.

BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES

Source:Dun & Bradstreet Businesses Employees
Business Type No. %Total No. %Total
Agriculture & Mining 113 2.3% 333 1.6%
Construction 329 6.8 1,213 5.8
Manufacturing 115 2.4 513 2.5
Transportation,
Communication & Utilities
230 4.8 724 3.5
Wholesale Trade 229 4.7 853 4.1
Retail Trade 707 14.6 3,995 19.2
Real Estate,
Finance & Insurance
425 8.8 1,589 7.6
Services 2,662 55.2 10,675 51.3
Government 15 0.3 905 4.4
Totals 4,826 100.0% 20,800 100.0%