Alief is an area in Harris County that is mostly within the city limits of Houston, Texas. A small portion of the community is in unincorporated Harris County, which is in Houston's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The area is within the zip codes of 77072 and 77083.
Alief was originally called Dairy when it was first settled in the early 1900s. It was later renamed Alief after Alief Ozella Magee, the community's first postmistress.
Alief initially was a rural community. Corn, cotton, and rice were grown in Alief. Cattle were also raised in Alief. Alief became heavily urbanized during the 1970's 1980's; the population quadrupled between 1970 and 1985. The city of Houston annexed large portions of the city starting in 1977. METRO established bus routes to Alief.
Portions of the second Chinatown are within the Alief area.
The Alief Independent School District serves the area. High schools in Alief ISD are assigned by a lottery, which can result in the student going to either Alief Elsik High School, Alief Hastings High School, or Alief Taylor High School.
It is served by the Henington-Alief Regional Branch of Houston Public Library.
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