- 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.
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|
|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 in the Brays Oaks District for 2012 was 32.6, typical of the Houston area. The median age nationwide is 37.3.
Race 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)
|Brays Oaks||City of Houston||Harris County||10-Co. MSA|
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|
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+|
|Business & financial||3.7|
|Computer & mathematical||1.8|
|Architecture & engineering||1.7|
|Life, physical & social sciences||0.8|
|Community & social services||1.3|
|Education & training||6.3|
|Visual & performing arts||1.1|
|Food preparation & service||5.7|
|Building & grounds maintenance||7.4|
|Personal care & services||3.2|
|Sales & related||10.2|
|Office & administrative||16.1|
|Construction & extraction||10.5|
|Installation, maintenance and repair||2.6|
|Transportation and material moving||6.6|
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+|
|Work at Home||2.8|
District households spend nearly $1.5 billion annually for retail goods and services, thereby providing strong support for retail and restaurant businesses in Southwest Houston.
Source: Consumer Expenditure Survey,
Bureau of Labor Statistics
RETAIL GOODS & SERVICES EXPENDITURES ($ MILLIONS)
|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|
|Nonalcoholic Beverages at Home||13.1|
|Mortgage Payments & Basics||240.3|
|Home Maintenance & Remodeling||56.4|
|Household Furnishings & Equipment||34.8|
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|
|Agriculture & Mining||113||2.3%||333||1.6%|
Communication & Utilities
Finance & Insurance