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Cut and Shoot, Texas
The City Hall of Cut and Shoot, Texas
The City Hall of Cut and Shoot, Texas
Location of Cut and Shoot, Texas
Location of Cut and Shoot, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Montgomery
 • Total 2.71 sq mi (7.02 km2)
 • Land 2.71 sq mi (7.02 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
190 ft (58 m)
 • Total 1,070
 • Estimate 
 • Density 530.43/sq mi (204.84/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
77303, 77306
Area code(s) 936
FIPS code 48-18260
GNIS feature ID 1381207

Cut and Shoot is a city in eastern Montgomery County, Texas, United States, about 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Conroe and 40 miles (64 km) north of Houston. Until 2006, Cut and Shoot was considered and called a "town". Then, the town council elected for it to be considered and referred to as a "city". The population was 1,070 at the 2010 census.


According to one local legend, Cut and Shoot was named after a 1912 community confrontation that almost led to violence. According to differing versions of the story, the dispute was either over:

  • The design of a new steeple for the town's only church,
  • The issue of who should be allowed to preach there, or
  • The conflicting land claims among church members.

Whatever the circumstances were, a small boy at the scene reportedly declared "I'm going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes in a minute!" This statement apparently stayed in the residents' minds and was eventually adopted as the town's name. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.


The town of Cut and Shoot gained fame when local boxer Roy Harris, a heavyweight contender, fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in 1958. Harris appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was featured in Life Magazine. So much mail was addressed to "Roy Harris, Cut and Shoot, Texas" that the U. S. Postal Service granted a franchise post office to the town.

Population statistics were not reported for the community until the mid-1970s, when the number of residents was 50. By 1980 the incorporated community reported a population of 809, had a new city hall and supported both a school and several businesses.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 451
1980 568 25.9%
1990 903 59.0%
2000 1,158 28.2%
2010 1,070 −7.6%
2019 (est.) 1,438 34.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,070 people, 371 households, and 289 families residing in the town. The population density was 396.3 people per square mile (152.9/km2).The racial makeup of the town was 87.2% White, 1.0% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian 8.2% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.0% of the population.

Out of 371 households, 77.9% are family households, 34.5% with children under 18 years. 63.6% were husband-wife families. Out of 371 households, 22.1% were non-family households, with 18.1% of householders living alone. The average household size was 2.88; the average family size was 3.23.

27.9% of the population is under the age of 18. 11.9% are over the age of 65. The median age is 37.1. 50.6% of the population is female.

As of 2000, The median income for a household in the town was $40,455, and the median income for a family was $47,404. Males had a median income of $36,719 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,482. About 5.7% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.


Cut and Shoot is within the Conroe Independent School District and the Lone Star College System (formerly North Harris Montgomery Community College District).

Schools serving Cut and Shoot include Austin Elementary School, Grangerland Intermediate School, Moorhead Junior High School, and Caney Creek High School

Residents of Conroe ISD (and therefore Cut and Shoot) are served by the Lone Star College System (formerly North Harris Montgomery Community College).

Notable people

  • Roy Harris, a heavyweight boxer
  • Debra Maffett, named Miss America 1983, hailed from Cut and Shoot

See also

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