History of Conroe, Texas
The city is named after northern born, Southern Cavalry officer, and Houston
lumberman Isaac Conroe.
Conroe founded a sawmill there in 1881.
The city originally gained in wealth due to the lumber and oil industries.
Originally named "Conroe's Switch",
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.
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.
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.
After the construction of Interstate
45, many Houstonians began to settle communities around Conroe.
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.
Conroe is located at 30°18′58″N
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.
The city is about 7 miles southeast of popular Lake
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
As of the census
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,
American, 0.40% Native
American, 0.95% Asian,
Islander, 13.38% from other
races, and 2.93% from two or more races. Hispanic
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
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
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.
Update on ExxonMobile's plan: Opening new complex ten minutes south of
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.
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,
the top employers in the city are: