|City of Conroe|
|Montgomery County in the state of Texas|
|• City Council||Mayor Webb K. Melder
|• City Manager||Paul Virgadamo, Jr.|
|• 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)|
|• Density||1,066.2/sq mi (411.7/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||13332383|
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Parks and recreation
- 6 Government
- 7 Education
- 8 Media
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Notable people
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The city is named after northern born, Union Cavalry officer and Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe.5 Conroe founded a sawmill there in 1881.5 The city originally gained in wealth due to the lumber and oil industries. Originally named "Conroe's Switch",5 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.5
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.5 Elvis Presley performed at the High School football field on August 24, 1955. Also Los Tigres del Norte performed at the Crighton Theatre in 2009.5
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, 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.6
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.7
Conroe is located at 8(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.
As of the census2 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 census2 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. 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 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.
According to the City's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,11 the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Conroe Independent School District||5,915|
|3||Conroe Regional Medical Center||1,200|
|4||National Oilwell Varco-Reed Hycalog||630|
|5||City of Conroe||482|
|6||National Oilwell Varco-Brandt||425|
The city is served by a number of parks, most notably, Candy Cane Park13
The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County is located in Candy Cane Park. 14
According to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fund Financial Statements, the city’s various funds had $58.3 million in Revenues, $71.6 million in expenditures, $69.6 million in total assets, $7.6 million in total liabilities, and $57.5 million in investments.15
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:16
|City Manager||Paul Virgadamo, Jr.|
|City Secretary||Marla Porter|
|City Attorney||Marcus Winberry|
|Finance Director||Steve Williams|
|Police Chief||Philip Dupuis|
|Fire chief||Ken Kreger|
|Parks Director||Mike Riggens|
|Public Works Director||Dean Towery|
|Human Resources Director||Andre Houser|
The city employs 108 police officers, as of October 2009.5
The county operates the main branch of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.
At the Federal level, the two U.S. Senators from Texas are Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz; Conroe is part of Texas' US Congressional 8th District, which is currently represented by Republican Kevin Brady.
The city is served by the Lone Star College System primarily by the Lone Star College-Montgomery Campus and LSC University Center. Other campuses in the county include the EMCID Center in New Caney, and the Conroe Center.19 The territory in Conroe ISD joined the community college district in 1991, and the territory in Willis ISD joined the district in 1996.20
The two junior high schools that serve the CISD portion are:
The three intermediate schools that serve the CISD portion are:
The elementary schools that serve the CISD portion are:
- Anderson Elementary School
- Neil Armstrong Elementary School
- Giesinger Elementary School
- Sam Houston Elementary School
- O. A. Reaves Elementary School
- B. B. Rice Elementary School
- J. W. Runyan Elementary School
- Wilkinson Elementary School
Texas Loop 336 circles the city of Conroe.
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- Colin Edwards, Two-time World Superbike champion and current MotoGP rider.
- Rock Cartwright, NFL Runningback, San Francisco 49ers27
- Kevin Slowey, starting pitcher for the MLB's Minnesota Twins.28
- Brandon Allen, Major League Baseball player.29
- Brian Barkley, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.30
- Andrew Cashner, Conroe High School 2005, drafted to the Chicago Cubs.31
- Jeromy Burnitz, Conroe High School 1987 Drafted by the New York Mets in 1990, played for Milwaukee Brewers.
- Kyle Bennett, American professional BMX Racer.
- "Conroe (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 02-08-2012.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Roden, Howard. Conroe 10th fastest-growing city over 50K, Conroe Courier, May 23, 2013.
- Lee, Renée C. "Conroe housing market going through the roof." Houston Chronicle. April 29, 2007. Retrieved on January 15, 2010.
- Lee, Renée C. "Growth transforms rural areas north of Houston to urban centers." Houston Chronicle. Saturday October 6, 2012. Retrieved on October 7, 2012.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Pilot Lands Small Plane On Conroe Street." Associated Press at KBTX. January 4, 2012. Retrieved on January 5, 2012.
- Dawson, Jennifer. "Exxon Mobil campus ‘clearly happening’." Houston Business Journal. Friday January 15, 2010. 2. Retrieved on January 16, 2010.
- City of Conroe 2012 CAFR, page 122 Retrieved on May 1, 2013
- "Cito of Conroe, Texas.". City Of Conroe, Texas. Retrieved August 08, 2013.
- "Candy Cane Park, Conroe, Texas.". City Of Conroe, Texas. Retrieved August 08, 2013.
- "Heritage Museum of Montgomery Co.". Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, Texas. Retrieved August 08, 2013.
- City of Conroe 2009 CAFR Retrieved 2010-11-09
- City of Conroe 2012 CAFR, page 9 Retrieved May 1, 2013
- "Parole Division Region I." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
- "Post Office Location - CONROE." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
- "Lone Star College System Locations". Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "History." North Harris Montgomery Community College District. December 22, 2002. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
- "Conroe High School". Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "A.R. Turner Elementary School". Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "Robert P. Brabham Middle School". Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "Willis High School". Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "The Courier". The Courier. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- Greyhound Conroe
- "28 Rock Cartwright, RB". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- "Kevin Slowey Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- "Brandon Allen Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- "Brian Barkley Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- "Andrew Cashner Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- Conroe Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Conroe in Handbook of Texas
- Official city webpage
- Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce
- Conroe School District
- Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park.
- City of Conroe Parks information.
- Montgomery County Parks information.
Statue of The Texian, Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park.