- Conroe, Texas
City of Conroe — City — Montgomery County in the state of Texas Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State Texas County Montgomery Incorporated 1904 Government - Type Council-Manager - City Council Mayor Webb K. Melder
- City Manager Paul Virgadamo, Jr. 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) - 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 GNIS feature ID 1333238 Website cityofconroe.org
As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 36,811 (though a 2009 estimate placed the population at 53,000.)
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Recreation
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Government and infrastructure
- 7 Government
- 8 Education
- 9 Transportation
- 10 Notable natives
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The city is named after northern born, Southern 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, due to oil profits, the city boasted more millionaires per capita than any other US city, though only for a brief period of time. Elvis Presley performed at the High School football field on August 24, 1955. Also Jimmy Buffet performed at the Crighton Theatre in 2009.
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, 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.
Conroe is located at .(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.
The city is served by a number of parks, most notably, Candy Cane Park
As of the census 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 per square mile (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 9.6% 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 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
# Employer # of Employees 1 Conroe Independent School District 5,700 2 Montgomery County 1,946 3 National Oilwell Varco / Texas Oil Tools / Reed Hycalog 1,145 4 Conroe Regional Medical Center 1,200 5 Sadler Clinic 600 6 City of Conroe 470 7 Borden Milk Products 248 8 Capro, Inc. 225 9 Consolidated Communications of Texas 220 10 McKesson Corporation 163
Government and infrastructure
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. :
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
Department Director City Manager Paul Virgadamo, Jr. City Secretary Marla Porter City Attorney Marcus Winberry Assistant City Manager Finance Director Steve Williams Police Chief Philip Dupuis Fire chief Ken Kreger Parks Director Mike Riggens Public Works Director Dean Towery Community Development Director Guy Andrews Human Resources Director Lee Ann Espinola
The city employs 108 police officers, as of October 2009.
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 Kay Bailey Hutchison; Conroe is part of Texas' US Congressional 8th District, which is currently represented by Republican Kevin Brady.
Colleges and universities
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. The territory in Conroe ISD joined the community college district in 1991, and the territory in Willis ISD joined the district in 1996.
Public school districts
Conroe Independent School District
Public elementary and middle schools
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
Willis Independent School District
Interstate 45 directly connects the city with Houston to its South and with Dallas to its North.
Greyhound Bus Lines operate a small station .
- Colin Edwards, Two-time World Superbike champion and current MotoGP rider.
- Rock Cartwright, NFL Runningback, Washington Redskins
- Kevin Slowey, starting pitcher for the MLB's Minnesota Twins.
- Brandon Allen, Major League Baseball player.
- Brian Barkley, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
- Michael de la Force, International Publisher and a member of Fourth Estate based in New York City.
- Andrew Cashner, Conroe High School 2005, drafted to the Chicago Cubs.
- Jeromy Burnitz, Conroe High School 1987 Drafted by the New York Mets in 1990, played for Milwaukee Brewers.
- Kyle Bennett, American professional BMX Racer.
- Corinna Kirsch, art critic and curator. Awards and honors include: 2009 - 2010 O'Brien Curatorial Fellow at the Weisman Art Museum and Winner of the 2010 C Magazine New Critics Competition for Art Criticism.
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- ^ Dawson, Jennifer. "Exxon Mobil campus ‘clearly happening’." Houston Business Journal. Friday January 15, 2010. 2. Retrieved on January 16, 2010.
- ^ City of Conroe 2009 CAFR, page 115 Retrieved on 2010-11-09
- ^ City of Conroe 2009 CAFR Retrieved 2010-11-09
- ^ City of Conroe 2009 CAFR, page 7 Retrieved 2010-11-09
- ^ "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.
- ^ "History." North Harris Montgomery Community College District. December 22, 2002. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
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- Conroe Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Conroe in Handbook of Texas
- Official city webpage
- Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce
- Conroe School District
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