Cypress is an Unincorporated community of Harris County, Texas, United States located completely inside the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston. The Cypress urban cluster ranks 50th in the top 100 highest-income urban areas in the United States. Highway 290 (Northwest Freeway) approximately twenty-five miles (40 km) northwest of Downtown Houston.Large scale residential and commercial development beginning in the 1980s transformed the once rural area into one of the Houston area's largest suburban communities.
By the early historic era, the area around present-day Cypress was populated by Atakapa and Akokisa Indian tribes, but they soon disappeared after the appearance of German settlers in the 1840s; The area remained mostly rural until the early 1990s when developers began construction of several master-planned communities.
The area is often referred to as Cy-Fair or Cypress-Fairbanks, which comes from when the Big Cypress School and Fairbanks High School combined in the 1930s to form Cy-Fair High School and the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
In March 2008, the Cypress Historical Society (CHS) was formed as a non-profit corporation with its primary mission being "..discover, educate, promote, collect, preserve and make available to the public, historical documents and artifacts of the Cypress area.", near the intersection of US Highway 290 and Spring-Cypress Road.
Cypress is located within the Cypress Creek and Little Cypress Creek watershed.
There are no official boundary lines for the exact area, but roads commonly mentioned to bound the area include FM 529 road as the southern border, HWY 6 & FM 1960 as the eastern border, and HWY 249 as the northern border.