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City of Conroe
City
Location in Montgomery County in the state of Texas
Location in Montgomery County in the state of Texas
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
County Montgomery
Incorporated 1904
Area
 • Total 52.7 sq mi (136.4 km2)
 • Land 52.6 sq mi (136.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 205 ft (62.5 m)
Population (2015)
 • Total 71,879
 • Density 1,066.2/sq mi (411.7/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77300–77399
Area code(s) Area code 936
FIPS code 48-16432
GNIS feature ID 1333238
Website www.cityofconroe.org

Conroe is a city in Texas, United States. It is the seat of Montgomery County and falls within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. This city is about 40 miles (64 km) north of Houston.

As of July 2012, the city population was 61,533, up from 36,811 in 2000.

History

The city is named after Northern-born Union 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, because of oil profits, the city boasted more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city, though only briefly. Elvis Presley performed at the high school football field on August 24, 1955. 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 sleepy, backwater 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 became a hotbed of construction of new houses.

In 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau designated the area around Conroe and The Woodlands as a "large urbanized transit area," an area defined as having over 200,000 residents, making it eligible to receive federal transportation funds.

Geography

Conroe is at 30°18′58″N 95°27′32″W / 30.31611°N 95.45889°W / 30.31611; -95.45889 (30.316124, -95.458801).

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,374
1920 1,858 35.2%
1930 2,457 32.2%
1940 4,624 88.2%
1950 7,298 57.8%
1960 9,192 26.0%
1970 11,969 30.2%
1980 18,034 50.7%
1990 27,610 53.1%
2000 36,811 33.3%
2010 56,207 52.7%
Est. 2015 68,602 22.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 56,207 people, 18,651 households, and 13,086 families residing in the city. The population density was 1066.2 people per square mile (411.7/km²). There were 22,215 housing units at an average density of 412.5 per square mile (162.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.7% White, 10.3% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, less than 0.05% Pacific Islander, 13.7% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.5% of the population.

As of the census of 2000, 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. Of all households, 27.2% 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.

Parks and recreation

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

The city is served by a number of parks, most notably Candy Cane Park. The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County is located in Candy Cane Park.

Transportation

Conroe Connection is a service of the City of Conroe. The City of Conroe Transit Department was formed in 2013 to meet the transit and mobility needs of all Conroe residents. The City of Conroe launched its first project, Conroe Connection, in January 2015 to connect people with jobs, services, and shopping along Frazier Street at Loop 336 and in the Dugan area. Conroe Connection is supported with funds from the Federal Transit Administration, the Texas Department of Transportation and the City's General Fund.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Conroe has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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