Montgomery County, Texas

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Montgomery County, Texas
Montgomery county tx courthouse 2014.jpg
The Montgomery County Courthouse in Conroe, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Montgomery County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Montgomery, Texas
Seat Conroe
Largest city Conroe
Area
 • Total 1,077 sq mi (2,789 km2)
 • Land 1,042 sq mi (2,699 km2)
 • Water 35 sq mi (91 km2), 3.3%
Population
 • (2010) 455,746
 • Density 422/sq mi (163/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.montgomery.tx.us

Montgomery County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 455,746.[1] The county seat is Conroe.[2] 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[edit]

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.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
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. 2012 485,047 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1850-2010[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 census,[6] 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.

Politics[edit]

Montgomery County is one of the most heavily Republican counties in Texas, giving 78.1% of its vote to George W. Bush in 2004[7] and giving 75.8% of its vote to John McCain in 2008.[8] The county has not been won by a Democratic presidential candidate since native Texan Lyndon Johnson won 60.9% of the county's vote in 1964.[9]

United States Congress[edit]

Senators Name Party First Elected Level
  Senate Class 1 Ted Cruz Republican 2012 Junior Senator
  Senate Class 2 John Cornyn Republican 2002 Senior Senator
Representatives Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Montgomery County Represented
  District 8 Kevin Brady Republican 1996 Entire county

Texas Legislature[edit]

Texas Senate[edit]

District Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Montgomery County Represented
  3 Robert Nichols Republican 2006 North
  4 Tommy Williams (resigned fall 2013) Republican 2003 South and central (including The Woodlands and Conroe)

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

District Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Montgomery County Represented
  3 Cecil Bell Jr. Republican 2012 Southwest to southeast
  15 Steve Toth Republican 2012 South (including The Woodlands)
  16 Brandon Creighton Republican 2006 North and east (including Conroe)

Toth and Creighton are opposing each other in the Republican primary for the Senate seat Tommy Williams vacated in the fall of 2013. A third candidate in the race is Gordy Bunch, an entrepreneur and a township council member from The Woodlands.[10]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Several school districts operate public schools in the county:

Private schools[edit]

Pre-K to 12[edit]

The county also is home to two campuses of the Lone Star College System: Montgomery and The University Center. The county operates the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

Transportation[edit]

Airports[edit]

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.[11] William P. Hobby Airport in Houston in Harris County also operates regular commercial service.[citation needed]

Major highways[edit]

See List of Highways in Montgomery County for more roadways in Montgomery County.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated areas[edit]

The Spring CDP is entirely located within Harris County; some areas with "Spring, TX" addresses are in Montgomery County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graph --2004 Montgomery County, Texas
  8. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graph --2008 Montgomery County, Texas
  9. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graphs
  10. ^ "Chris Contelesse, "Gordy Bunch, Steve Toth, Brandon Creighton vie for state Senate", October 24, 2013". yourhoustonnews.com. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Master Plan Executive Summary." George Bush Intercontinental Airport Master Plan. Houston Airport System. December 2006. 2-1 (23/130). Retrieved on December 14, 2010.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°18′N 95°30′W / 30.30°N 95.50°W / 30.30; -95.50