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City of Conroe
—  City  —
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°18′58″N 95°27′32″W / 30.31611°N 95.45889°W / 30.31611; -95.45889
Country United States
State Texas
County Montgomery
Incorporated 1904
Government
 - Mayor Tommy Metcalf
Area
 - Total 37.9 sq mi (98.1 km2)
 - Land 37.8 sq mi (97.9 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 205 ft (62.5 m)
Population (2000)[1]
 - Total 36,811
 - Density 974.1/sq mi (376.1/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77300-77399
Area code(s) 936
FIPS code 48-16432[2]
GNIS feature ID 1333238[3]
Website http://www.cityofconroe.org/

Conroe is a suburban city 40 miles north of Houston, TX in the gulf coastal plains/piney woods region of southeast Texas.

It is the seat of Montgomery County and falls within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area.

As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 36,811 (though a 2004 estimate placed the population at 43,402).

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History

The city is named after northern born, Union Cavalry officer, and Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe. [4] Conroe founded a sawmill there in 1881. [4] The city originally gained in wealth due to the lumber and oil industries. Originally named "Conroe's Switch", [4] the area saw an influx of residents in the late 1800's due to the lumber demands on the piney wood forest of the area. [4]

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. [4] Elvis Presley performed at the downtown Crighton Theatre in 1950.[4]

After the construction of Interstate 45, many Houstonians began to settle communities around Conroe.[4]

Within the 2000s 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.[5]

Geography

Conroe is located at 30°18′58″N 95°27′32″W / 30.31611°N 95.45889°W / 30.31611; -95.45889 (30.316124, -95.458801)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.9 square miles (98.1 km²), of which, 37.8 square miles (97.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.

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/sq mi (146.9/km²). The racial makeup of the 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 9.7% 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 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government and Infrastructure

The city employs 108 police officers, as of October 2009. [4]

The United States Postal Service Conroe Post Office is located at 809 West Dallas Street.[7]

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.[8]

Recreation

The city is about 7 miles southeast of popular Lake Conroe [4]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[4]

Education

Almost all areas of Conroe are within the Conroe Independent School District though a small northern section of Conroe is within the Willis Independent School District.

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Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Conroe Independent School District

All of the schools listed here are in the city of Conroe.

All of the Conroe ISD section of Conroe is zoned to Conroe High School [1].

The two junior high schools that serve the CISD portion are:

The two intermediate schools that serve the CISD portion are:

The elementary schools that serve the CISD portion are:

Willis Independent School District

The Willis ISD section is zoned to Turner Elementary School [2], Brabham Middle School [3], and Willis High School [4], all of which are in unincorporated Montgomery County.

Colleges and universities

The city is served by the Lone Star College System primarily by the LSC Montgomery Campus and LSC University Center. Other campuses in the county include the EMCID Center in New Caney, and the Conroe Center.[5]

Public libraries

The city operates the main branch of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

Transportation

Interstate 45 directly connects the city with Houston to its South and with Dallas to its North.

Lone Star Executive Airport provides general aviation services to Conroe.

Greyhound Bus Lines operate a small station [6].

Notable Athlete Natives

  • Native of Conroe, Kevin Slowey, is a current starting pitcher for the MLB's Minnesota Twins [7].

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