If you are thinking of moving to Cypress, Texas, you’re not alone! Once strictly a rural area, Cypress has undergone an incredible transformation since growth and expansion of the area began in the mid 1980s. I originally started visiting family here in 2009, and in 2015, made the move myself! As a local resident and real estate agent, I’m happy to help you with any information you need on relocating to our family-friendly and amenity-rich area. Below you will find some helpful information and links to shorten your learning curve, all in one spot! And if you have any questions or need help with Cypress, TX, real estate, feel free to reach out on my Contact Page!
Cypress, TX Population
Located in Harris County, Cypress, TX, is an unincorporated community completely inside the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Cypress’s population was 121,803. However, most current estimates place it at 152,080, and that number is currently on the rise.
Cypress, TX Demographics
Comprised of two zip codes (77429 and 77433), the 77429 zip code is one of the most affluent in Harris County, and both zip codes are ranked among the Top 25 wealthiest in the Houston area.
The median household income is $111,161, with 94.1% of residents having a high school diploma and 48% college graduates.
The 35-54 age group is the most predominant, with 5-17 year olds a close second. It’s no wonder the Cypress youth living scene is so rich and plentiful! Families rule here, and you’ll find plenty of amenities that cater to this demographic.
The ethnic makeup of the area is 49.6% White, 24.8% Hispanic or Latino, 13.4% Black or African American, and 10.2% Asian.
Cypress, TX Weather
Located in the Southern part of the U.S., Cypress, TX weather is generally hot and humid in the summer months and mild to cool in the winter. While fleeting in Cypress, the Spring and Fall months are heavenly here, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
Because of our proximity to the Gulf Coast, we are prone to tropical storms and hurricanes. The most notable ones have been Alicia in 1983 and Harvey in 2017. The flip side to that, however, is we have wonderful getaway spots, like Galveston Island and South Padre Island, to take advantage of nearby.
Because of our favorable weather most of the year, homes with pools are in high demand, and homeowners are building them at record pace. See below for all of the fun outdoor activities you can take advantage of if you are moving to Cypress, Texas!
Cypress, TX Jobs
A 30 minute inbound drive with light traffic, the main employment hub in the area is downtown Houston. However, after COVID, many employees are finding themselves continuing to work from home.
Having said that, Cypress itself has many jobs to offer, with 10.9% Retail, 10.8% Manufacturing, 10.1% Health Care, and 9.7% Education, among the top fields. There are a number of small to mid-size businesses and industrial parks located within 5-10 miles of Cypress, and both Fedex and Amazon opened distribution centers in nearby Katy, TX.
With two major airports, major hotel chains, a bustling tourism and convention scene, three major sports teams, the second largest port in the country, NASA, and a huge oil and gas presence, the job scene in the Houston area has many different and unique options.
To see the unemployment rate in Cypress, TX, visit here: Cypress, TX Unemployment | Homefacts
To see a cost of living calculator and Cypress job salary information, visit SalaryExpert.com.
Average Home Price in Cypress, TX
Obviously, the average price of a home in any area of the country is always a moving target. Each month, I will update this number, so that you will have an accurate understanding of what is happening in the Cypress real estate market. In addition, I will post the median home price, since that is a very telling number as well.
Average Sales Price in Cypress, TX: May 1-31, 2021 $419,201 (single-family homes)
Median Sales Price in Cypress, TX: May 1-31, 2021 $365,000 (single-family homes)
If you’d like to see the monthly numbers for all of the Greater Houston area, our local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) provides those numbers here: Newsroom – HAR.com
If you have any questions on moving to Cypress, Texas and homes for sale, feel free to head over to my Contact Page and drop me a note.
Property Taxes in Cypress, TX
Property taxes vary in Texas by county. In Cypress, the Harris County Appraisal District, or HCAD, is responsible for appraising property for ad valorem tax purposes for each taxing unit within the boundaries of their districts.
Many people moving to Cypress, Texas, are unaware of how our property taxes work. Unlike how other states operate whereby your property tax rate is applied to the new sales price upon the transfer of a property, in Texas, parcels are appraised annually and the prevailing tax rate for the given area is applied to the appraised price. What that means is, depending on the appraised value, your property tax bill could go up or down annually.
Because of this, you are able to protest your appraised value during approximately a two-month window of time every year, and many people take advantage of this on principle alone. However, the Texas legislature recently passed SB2/HB3, which among other things, reduced the rollback rate to 3.5% for cities and counties over 30,000 in population and set a tax levy cap of 2.5% for individual school districts. These changes will equate to significant savings for homeowners.
If you are moving to Texas, and you come across the term “MUD,” this may also be foreign to you. Municipal Utility Districts are political urban subdivisions of the state authorized in Chapter 55 of the water code to provide water, sewer, drainage and other utility related services to a specific region. MUDs are funded through bonds and are paid off incrementally as part of your property tax amount. It can take decades to fully pay off a MUD bond. Almost every neighborhood in Cypress has a MUD, although there are a few outliers.
Cypress, TX Commute Times
One of the most frequently asked questions I receive about moving to Cypress, Texas, is, “How long does it take to drive to <insert the location>.” Usually, my clients are trying to gauge their travel time to and from work, but because traffic ebbs and flows depending on time of day, I normally refer them to this handy-dandy Drive Time Tool that our local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) provides. Access it here: Drive Time Search, Texas Real Estate by Commute Time – HAR.com. You’re welcome!
Medical Services in Cypress, TX
Cypress is lucky to have two hospitals located here. HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital bookend the Highway 290 corridor and provide medical services, inpatient beds, operating rooms and more! Memorial Hermann even has a life flight helipad! More recently, Houston Methodist announced a new hospital that will be built along Hwy 290 between Barker Cypress and Skinner, providing another 400 beds (ETA 2022).
In addition, there are several Emergency Room locations and numerous urgent care locations, including a Texas Children’s Pediatrics urgent care location.
Best Restaurants in Cypress, TX
For the best restaurants that Cypress has to offer, check out the following rating sites and choose from an abundance of options. Cypress restaurants cater to every budget, food style, and ambiance you can imagine.
Some of my favorties are:
Margaritas: Ambriza Social Mexican Kitchen (located on Towne Lake with patio seating)
Mexican: Las Mananitas (since 2004, they are a local staple)
Tex Mex: Gringos (huge servings)
Sushi: Top Sushi (and check out their Happy Hours!)
Steakhouse : Marvino’s Italian Steakhouse (and they probably have the largest bar in Cypress)
Italian: Hailey’s Italian Restaurant (don’t let the outside fool you)
Pizza: Locatelli’s (gluten free also!)
Breakfast Joint: Cypress Breakfast House (their beignets are to die for!)
Sports Bar: Mo’s Irish Pub (the place to be and be seen)
BBQ: Papa Charlie’s BBQ (great entertainment too!)
Chinese: T James China Cafe (their delivery times are ridiculously fast!)
Cypress, TX Nightlife
Nightlife and Cypress really do not belong in the same sentence together. While there are certainly plenty of nighttime activities to take advantage of here, from restaurants that provide entertainment to certain community activities, it’s definitely more low-key than what downtown offers, and most places close pretty early, by traditional nightlife standards, that is. However, there are a couple of Cypress nightlife spots that will entertain you into the wee hours.
Rosehill Beer Garden – awesome al fresco location with picnic tables and food trucks galore! They always have some kind of event or performer, and are open til 11 p.m. on week nights, 2 a.m. on weekends! Some people bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and make an evening of it!
Spark Hookah Loungue and Cafe – only serve wine and beer, but you can bring your own alcohol for an additional fee. Limited menu and they stay open to an indulgent 4 a.m. on weekends.
Hidden Cellar – wine bar that offers entertainment on the weekends. They do close at 11 p.m. but you’ll have so much fun before then, you’ll hardly notice!
Nearby Vintage Park in Houston, 77070; City Centre, 77024; La Centerra in Katy; and The Woodlands Market Square areas all make very lively evening outings if you’re looking for a change of pace, all within a 20-45 minute drive.
Family-Friendly Activities in Cypress, TX
If there’s one thing Cypress caters to, it’s children! They are the lifeblood of our community, and most everything revolves around making sure there’s plenty for them to do or see. Almost every neighborhood has, at a minimum, a playground, but many go over and above with pools, splash pads, lakes for fishing, biking trails, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and more! One area, Towne Lake, even has the ability to water or jet ski!
Outside of your neighborhood, you’ll also find many options, such as paint ball, laser tag, golf, movie theaters, sports leagues, summer camps, dance, cheer, bowling and more to keep the kiddos busy! For a list of all of your options, visit these sites:
Outdoor Activities in Cypress, TX
Even though our summers are blazing hot, that doesn’t stop us locals from enjoying the outdoors year round! No matter what time of year, there’s always something happening to get you outdoors! Every week, I write a post that tells you all about Cypress events that are happening that week. But for an idea of your options, here they are:
- Shopping at the Outlet Mall
- Attending one of the many markets and festivals we have spread throughout the year
- Visiting a water slide, such as Typhoon Texas, in nearby Katy, TX
- Hiking, biking or walking at one of our numerous parks’ trails
- Attending one of your kid’s sporting events, or perhaps one of our local sports teams’ games (Astros, Texans and Dynamos all have outdoor stadiums)
- Attending the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
- Take in a concert in the park
- Play a game of tennis or golf
- Hop in the car and visit nearby Fredericksburg and do some antiquing
- Take a quick getaway to Galveston or South Padre Islands and enjoy the beach, amusement parks and great food!
- Or if you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your own backyard, enjoy living in a place where you’ll have frequent staycation opportunities
Cypress, TX Affordability
Obviously, a key factor in moving to Cypress, Texas! According to Salary Expert, Cypress, TX is ~6% below the national average in cost of living and the 97th most expensive in Texas. In a ranking of 1 out of 10 (1 being the most expensive), we rank 5 compared nationally to other cities.
Highest Rated Schools in Cypress ISDs
The largest ISD (Independent School District) in Cypress, by far, is Cy-Fair ISD. However, there are some neighborhoods in the far North part of Cypress zoned to Tomball ISD, as well. There are also private school options available. And if your kids aren’t school age yet, you will find an abundance of pre-K schools to choose from. Day care centers are also plentiful here!
Greatschools.org provides the most comprehensive rating system and overview of our local schools.
Cy-fair also provides ratings: School Ratings :: Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (cfisd.net)
Tomball ISD provides accountability reports: Accountability Reports – Curriculum Departments – Tomball Independent School District (tomballisd.net)
Day Care Center options: Best 30 Day Care Centers in Cypress, TX with Reviews – YP.com (yellowpages.com)
Peer reviewed preschool and day care options: Best Child Care in Cypress, TX – Winnie
Cypress, TX Neighborhoods
Moving to Cypress, Texas? See what’s available for sale now in these popular Cypress neighborhoods. As always, if you don’t see a neighborhood listed or want more information, head on over to my Contact Page and reach out!
Cypress, TX Homes for Sale
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