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Montgomery County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Montgomery County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1837
Seat Conroe
Largest City Conroe
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,077 sq mi (2,789 km²)
1,042 sq mi (2,699 km²)
35 sq mi (91 km²), 3.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

537,559
498/sq mi (192/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.montgomery.tx.us
Named for: Montgomery, Texas

Montgomery County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 455,746. A 2016 estimate places the population at 556,203. The county seat is Conroe. The county was created by an act of the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 14, 1837 and is named for the town of Montgomery. Between 2000 and 2010, its population grew by 55%, the 24th-fastest rate of growth of any county in the United States.

Montgomery County is part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,077 square miles (2,790 km2), of which 1,042 square miles (2,700 km2) is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (3.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Sam Houston National Forest (partial)

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 2,384
1860 5,479 129.8%
1870 6,483 18.3%
1880 10,154 56.6%
1890 11,765 15.9%
1900 17,067 45.1%
1910 15,679 −8.1%
1920 17,334 10.6%
1930 14,588 −15.8%
1940 23,055 58.0%
1950 24,504 6.3%
1960 26,839 9.5%
1970 49,479 84.4%
1980 128,487 159.7%
1990 182,201 41.8%
2000 293,768 61.2%
2010 455,746 55.1%
Est. 2016 556,203 89.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the 2010 census, there were 455,746 people, 162,530 households, and 121,472 families residing in the county. The population density was 423 people per square mile (163/km²). There were 177,647 housing units at an average density of 165 per square mile (64/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.5% White, 4.3% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.0% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. 20.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 162,530 households out of which 36.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.70% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.30% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the county, 27.60% of the population was under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.1 years. For every 100 females there were 98.29 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.94 males.

As of the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the county was $50,864, and the median income for a family was $58,983. Males had a median income of $42,400 versus $28,270 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,544. About 7.10% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Airports

Lone Star Executive Airport, a general aviation airport, is located in Conroe.

The Houston Airport System stated that Montgomery County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County. William P. Hobby Airport in Houston in Harris County also operates regular commercial service.

Major highways

  • I-45.svg Interstate 45
  • I-69.svgUS 59.svg Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59
  • Texas 75.svg State Highway 75
  • Toll Texas 99.svg State Highway 99 - a.k.a. Grand Parkway Toll Road
  • Texas 105.svg State Highway 105
  • Texas 242.svg State Highway 242
  • Texas 249.svg State Highway 249

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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