Population: 814 (according to Preliminary 2010 U.S. Census)
Incorporated as Village of Simonton on January 22, 1979
Converted to City of Simonton in 1986 at which time the Board of Alderman became the City Council.
Election type: Plurality
Elections held: First Saturday in May. Mayor and 2 council positions elected in even years; 3 council positions elected in odd years.
City Hall is located at 35011 FM 1093.
City Hall address: PO Box 7 – Simonton, TX 77476
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for the noon lunch hour and Friday: 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Telephone and Fax number: 281-533-9809.
City Secretary: S. Elliott
Revenue for the City is primarily from ad valorum tax , franchise fees and sales taxes.
There is no public water/sewage system. Residents use private wells and septic systems and individual garbage collectors.
The residents of Simonton are served by a volunteer fire department located in Fulshear, four miles East of town, with one engine housed next to the Simonton City Hall, and by an ambulance and trained emergency medical personnel also dispatched from Fulshear. Police are dispatched from Richmond-Rosenberg.
Brief History: Located on land originally colonized by Thomas Westall as part of Stephen F. Austin’s colony of Americans in Texas, the league of land was granted to Westall by the Mexican government in 1825. The city was named after James Simonton who came to Texas in 1850. The railroad was built in about 1888 and the population of Simonton increased with Simonton being one of the main water stops for the steam engines of that time.
From 1898-1909 a prison farm was located at Simonton. The prisoners cleared the surrounding land to the Brazos River and raised ribbon cane and cotton. Later potatoes and cotton became export crops and a cotton gin was located near the railroad line until the 1980’s. The railroad ran West from Houston and the right -of -way now belongs to the City of Houston Metro system.
Simonton is located in Fort Bend County, which is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Most of its residents work in Houston, Katy or Richmond-Rosenberg.
Located within the city limits:
- Simonton Community Church (non-denominational)
- Simonton Post Office (77476)
- Simonton Grocery
- Simonton Veterinary Clinic
- Country Service Center (auto care)
- Mazola Corner Stop (bait, tackle, sm. engine repair)
- Simonton Industires (pipe fabrication)
- Brazos Bottom Day Lilies
- Ropers Country Store & Cafe
- Benchmark Wireline Products
- Katy Mills Mall – Interstate 10
- West Oaks Mall – Hwy. 6 at Westheimer
- First Colony Mall – Tx. Hwy. 59 South
Simonton boasts two residential subdivisions with homes on large wooded lots and multiple acreage. It is a community geared to country living with horses, cattle, sheep and goats among the domestic animals.