Sweeny is located in Brazoria County, Texas, and is the westernmost
incorporated city in Brazoria County. The
area is commonly referred to as the West Brazos Area, and is situated along the
Upper Gulf Coast of Texas between Matagorda County and Galveston County. Sweeny is only 20 miles from the Gulf of
Mexico. Sweeny is nestled between two highways in the area---south of HWY
35 and west of HWY 36. To get to us, visitors should follow FM 524 and FM
1459 until they intersect. Click here for our maps page.
Sweeny is geographically located at 29.04° North
Latitude and 95.69° West Longitude.
The land area of Sweeny is approximately 1.9 square miles. Sweeny
is void of rivers and lakes, although the San Bernard River flows just one mile
to the east of the city. Like most of southeast Texas, Sweeny is
flat. The elevation is 32 feet above sea level.
Texas Weather Connection)
The entire climate of southeast Texas is categorized as sub-tropical.
The major weather threat to the area is hurricanes during summer and fall
seasons. The average rainfall in Brazoria County is 56.4 inches per
year. Sweeny averages 51.9 inches of rainfall per year (the Texas average
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Sweeny is located in Brazoria
County, which, according to the 2000 Census, was the 18th most populated
county in Texas (there are 254 counties in Texas) with a population of 241,767. The population of Sweeny in 1990 was 5,077. In 2000, city officials
estimated the population just above 5,000. However, according to the 2000
Census, the official population was 3,624. Also according to the 2000 Census, the ethnic diversity
of the city's population was as follows:
- Caucasian - 73%
- Hispanic - 10%
- Other ethnicities were counted at a rate of less than
1% of the total population.
(Reference: U.S. Census Bureau)
Association of Counties)
Sweeny incorporated in 1945. In 1999, the
city adopted a Home Rule Charter, giving the city greater authority and control
over the governing and administration of the City. The city operates under
the Council/Manager form of government. The city council consists of a
mayor and five council members. Council members serve two year staggered
terms. The City Manager is appointed by the city council and is responsible for
the general administration of the City. Department heads are appointed by
the City Manager with City Council approval, except the City Judge who is
Public Education: The
School District serves the City of Sweeny and surrounding unincorporated
areas (approximately 156 square miles) for primary and secondary educational
needs of the community. The school district maintains three campuses which
are located in the City of Sweeny. The campuses are:
- Sweeny Elementary
- Sweeny Junior High School
- Sweeny High School
district is classified as Class 3-A by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).
The district has achieved the Texas Education Agency's highest academic and
performance rating of Exemplary.
Private Education: Their is a pre-school center in Sweeny which
is an extension of the Brazoria County Head Start Program. There is also a
private Christian school (Sweeny Christian School) serving elementary grades.
Higher Education: The City of Sweeny does not
host a college or
university, however there are several junior colleges and numerous universities
in the area to serve higher educational needs of the community.
junior colleges fall within 50 miles of Sweeny:
There are numerous universities in the general area:
Sweeny Community Hospital
serves the City of Sweeny and the surrounding areas. Licensed by the Texas
Department of Health, the hospital offers 24-hour emergency service,
surgery, x-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, clinical laboratory, home health service,
physical therapy, and EMS service.
Elderly care, physicians, and dentistry
can also be found in the city.
Located just 30 minutes from the Gulf of
Mexico, Sweeny residents enjoy exploring public beaches, offshore boating and
fishing, swimming, skiing, sailing, and other water activities.
In addition, Sweeny offers a diverse range of
sporting leagues and activities, such as soccer, football, baseball, softball,
tennis, body shaping and fitness equipment, as well as walking, jogging, and
Sweeny has four city parks with playgrounds
and other recreations. Our community center has a covered pavilion and
playground for outdoor gatherings. The school district offers tennis
courts, an outdoor track, and several walking/jogging trails.
The city offers water, sewer, and natural gas
service. Electricity is supplied by First
Choice Power. Telephone service is provided by
Cable television is provided by Texas Mid Gulf Cablevision. Internet service and cellular telephone service is
also available from numerous providers.
To learn more about the history of Sweeny,
click here to view our City History.