Dickinson is a small city just outside of Houston which is currently considered to be a historic community. Due to the close proximity to Houston it is quite popular with many families and others that want to live near the city for work without actually having to live within the city limits. Dickinson is about 30 miles southeast of Houston which means it is close enough to commute but far enough away that much of the traffic and bustle of the city is avoided. Dickinson is also a popular suburb because it is close to Galveston Texas as well. Galveston is only about 20 miles south of Dickinson and that means it is entirely possible to drive down to Galveston for a weekend adventure or even just to go shopping. There is plenty of shopping and entertainment facilities available within 10 to 15 miles as well so even though Dickinson is somewhat out of the way it is still close enough to everything that it is a convenient place to live.
Obviously since Dickinson is a historic community there is plenty of history in the area as well; Dickinson was originally founded in the early 1800's but it was considered an unincorporated city until 1977 when it officially incorporated. Throughout the years Dickinson has created quite a history that stayed within the city and much of this is still a popular tourist draw today. Dickinson was at one time a gambling haven in the early 1900's and the history associated with it has always been a popular tourist attraction for people visiting the Houston or Galveston areas.
Dickinson also attributes much of the city's growth to nearby industries that are still expanding today. Originally the Houston and Galveston areas were major industrial and oil cities so as the world wars drew more and more from the industry the area, including Dickinson, grew quite rapidly. Ever since then nearby companies, such as NASA, have continued to draw more people to the area; many of which obviously chose Dickinson to live in.
Dickinson has a bright future according to city planners and as a result they are always preparing for new home developments and new residents. The area has plenty of jobs nearby and there is plenty of entertainment available as well with both Galveston and Houston nearby for things to do. Dickinson is a great choice if you are looking for a smaller historic town that is out of the way while still being close enough to commute to either Houston or Galveston without too much trouble.