History of Conroe, Texas

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The city is named after northern born, Southern Cavalry officer, and Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe.[5] Conroe founded a sawmill there in 1881.[5] The city originally gained in wealth due to the lumber and oil industries. Originally named "Conroe's Switch",[5] the area saw an influx of residents in the late 19th century due to the lumber demands on the piney wood forest of the area.[5]

During the 1930s, due to oil profits, the city boasted more millionaires per capita than any other US city, though only for a brief period of time.[5] Elvis Presley performed at the High School football field on August 24, 1955. Also Los Tigres del Norte performed at the Crighton Theatre in 2009.[5]

After the construction of Interstate 45, many Houstonians began to settle communities around Conroe.[5]

Within the first decade of the 21st century the city attracted a great deal of new residents from the Houston area. Renée C. Lee said that Conroe around 2002 was a "a sleepy, semi-rural town 40 miles north of Houston" and that at the time, Conroe city officials needed to use financial incentives to attract home developers to Conroe. Lee said that for a three year period ending in 2007 Conroe become "a hotbed" for construction of new houses.[6]

Geography

Conroe is located at 30°18′58″N 95°27′32″W (30.316124, -95.458801)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.9 square miles (98 km2), of which, 37.8 square miles (98 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.21%) is water.

It is about 40 miles (64 km) north of Houston.[8]

Recreation

The city is about 7 miles southeast of popular Lake Conroe [5] which is at the center of multiple, year round water and culture events.

The city is served by a number of parks, most notably, Candy Cane Park[5]

 

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 36,811 people, 13,145 households, and 8,728 families residing in the city. The population density was 974.1 people per square mile (376.1/km²). There were 14,378 housing units at an average density of 380.5 per square mile (146.9/km²). The racial makeup of th

e city was 71.16% White, 11.13% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 13.38% from other races, and 2.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32.62% of the population.

There were 13,145 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% are classified as non-families by the United States Census Bureau. Of 13,145 households, 643 are unmarried partner households: 582 heterosexual, 32 same-sex male, and 29 same-sex female households. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,123, and the median income for a family was $37,201. Males had a median income of $29,468 versus $23,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,841. About 15.0% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

 

Economy

In the early 1980s Exxon considered consolidating its employees to a site in Conroe. The company ended the plans after the local oil-based economy collapsed.[9]

Update on ExxonMobile's plan:  Opening new complex ten minutes south of Conroe, TX. 

Exxon Mobil will fuel boom with new complex

Exxon Mobil Corp. is consolidating thousands of Houston-area employees into an elaborate new campus being developed just south of The Woodlands — a move that could trigger a real estate boom in the surrounding area, but leave office buildings elsewhere scrambling for tenants.

About 8,000 employees will relocate to the new facility to be built on a 385-acre site near the intersection of Interstate 45 and the Hardy Toll Road.

Link to the Houston Chronicle article:  http://www.chron.com/business/article/Exxon-Mobil-will-fuel-boom-with-new-complex-1686347.php

 

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[10] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Conroe Independent School District 5,700
2 Montgomery County 1,946
3 National Oilwell Varco / Texas Oil Tools / Reed Hycalog 1,145
4 Conroe Regional Medical Center 1,200
5 Sadler Clinic 600
6 City of Conroe 470
7 Borden Milk Products 248
8 Capro, Inc. 225
9 Consolidated Communications of Texas 220
10 McKesson Corporation 163