Sweeny is a city in Brazoria County, Texas, USA. The population was 3,624 at the 2000 census, 7,316 if you include unincorporated areas of Sweeny. The city's motto is "A City With Pride", and is the westernmost incorporated town in the county.
There were 1,338 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,497, and the median income for a family was $42,128. Males had a median income of $43,854 versus $25,710 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,755. About 10.4% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.
Sweeny is at the intersections of Farm Road 1459 and 524. The town is accessible from Highway 35 by taking 1459 or 524, which intersect in Sweeny from the highway, forming a "loop" off of 35. Brazoria County Road 332, known as Ashley-Wilson Road is also a main thoroughfare through the city. Plans have been made to close down Farm Road 524 between [Brazoria] County Road 359 and State Highway 35 due to terrorist concerns as the route takes you through the ConocoPhillips and Chevron Phillips Refinery. Sweeny mayor Larry G. Piper has asked for an alternative route to be built as the highway is a major thoroughfare from Sweeny to Bay City, TX and the west.
While most roads in Sweeny are straight and form blocks, both of the main highways have dangerous curves in them. Entering Sweeny on Farm Road 524 from the south, you must slow to an hour rounding a sharp right turn into the business district. Five blocks down, there is the "S-curve", with businesses alongside both sides of the street. Coming into town on Farm Road 1459 by the hospital, you must slow down to an hour with a sharp turn to the left, then to the right two blocks down from the first curve. Several wrecks: some fatal, have occurred in both areas because of speeding or careless drivers.
Union Pacific Railroad cuts a path through a small piece of the south side of Sweeny, with two
grade crossings and a railyard. Train speeds through here usually range from 35-60 miles
an hour, though they sometimes park in the railyard.
Sweeny is served by a Council-Manager form of Government. The city has a Police Department (Sweeny PD) which boasts a low crime rate, a Volunteer Fire Department (Sweeny VFD), Emergency Medical Service (Sweeny EMS), and a hospital (Sweeny Community Hospital) which is a state recognized level IV trauma center.
Schools are part of the Sweeny Independent School District. Sweeny ISD serves the city of Sweeny as well as outlying areas including Churchill, Shady Acres, River's End, and Old Ocean. The High School's mascot is the Bulldog.
Schools in the district are Sweeny Elementary(K-5), Sweeny Junior High(6-8), and Sweeny High School(9-12), which is a 3A school. In 2007 construction began on the high school to renovate the current building. With growing security concerns the Board of Trustees approved the renovation of the High School, because most of the campus was open to the outside. The new school will have limited outside access.
Wharton County Junior College and Brazosport College are both within a 45 minute drive from Sweeny.
The Sweeny Library, part of the Brazoria County Library System, is located at 205 West Ashley-Wilson Road.