Montgomery County, Texas
|Montgomery County, Texas|
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
1,077 sq mi (2,789 km²)
1,044 sq mi (2,704 km²)
33 sq mi (85 km²), 3.04%
422/sq mi (163/km²)
Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The county was created by an act of the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 14, 1837. The county was named for the town of Montgomery, Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 455,746. A 55.14% growth rate in the ten years from the last U.S. Census—making the county the 24th fastest-growing county in the United States. The seat of the county is Conroe.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,077 square miles (2,790 km2), of which 1,044 square miles (2,700 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (3.04%) is water.
Major highways 
- Interstate 45
- Interstate 69/ U.S. Highway 59
- State Highway 75
- State Highway 105
- State Highway 242
- State Highway 249
See List of Highways in Montgomery County for more roadways in Montgomery County.
Adjacent counties 
- Walker County (north)
- San Jacinto County (northeast)
- Liberty County (east)
- Harris County (south)
- Waller County (west)
- Grimes County (Northwest)
National protected area 
- Sam Houston National Forest (partial)
Texas Almanac: 1850-2010
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, the population was spread out with 27.60% 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.
As of 2012, Hispanic and Latino people make up 21% of Montgomery County, while 13% were Hispanic in 2002. Maria Baños Jordan, the executive director of the Texas Latino Leadership Roundtable of Montgomery County, said (as paraphrased by Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle) that when she first moved to Montgomery County, "[i]n some ways, [...] Montgomery County was where Houston was in the mid-1980's in terms of its Hispanic growth." Falkenberg said that at the time "Latino professionals weren't organized or vocal", and she said in 2012 that "while you can buy tortillas at the Shell station, the nonprofits and social services agencies don't have enough bilingual staffing."
Montgomery County is one of the most heavily Republican counties in Texas, giving 78.1% of its vote to George W. Bush in 2004 and giving 75.8% of its vote to John McCain in 2008. 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.
United States Congress 
|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 
Texas Senate 
|District||Name||Party||First Elected||Area(s) of Montgomery County Represented|
|3||Robert Nichols||Republican||2006||North and west (including Conroe)|
|4||Tommy Williams||Republican||2003||South (including The Woodlands)|
Texas House of Representatives 
|District||Name||Party||First Elected||Area(s) of Montgomery County Represented|
|15||Steve Toth||Republican||2012||South (including The Woodlands)|
|16||C. Brandon Creighton||Republican||2006||North and central areas (Conroe)|
Census-designated places 
Unincorporated areas 
The Spring CDP is entirely located within Harris County; some areas with "Spring, TX" addresses are in Montgomery County.
Public schools 
Several school districts operate public schools in the county:
- Conroe ISD
- Magnolia ISD
- Montgomery ISD
- New Caney ISD
- Richards ISD (partial)
- Splendora ISD
- Tomball ISD (partial)
- Willis ISD (partial)
Private schools 
Pre-K to 12 
- Covenant Christian School
- Christ Community School
- The Woodlands Christian Academy
- The John Cooper School
- St. Anthony Of Padua Catholic School
- The Woodlands Preparatory School
- Porter Christian Academy
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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.
See also 
- List of museums in the Texas Gulf Coast
- Earth Quest Adventures
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Montgomery County, Texas
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- U.S. Decennial Census
- Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010
- United States Census Bureau. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- Falkenberg, Lisa. "Goal to bridge cultures isn't lost in translation." Houston Chronicle. Thursday August 16, 2012. Retrieved on August 18, 2012.
- Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graph --2004 Montgomery County, Texas
- Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graph --2008 Montgomery County, Texas
- Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graphs
- "Master Plan Executive Summary." George Bush Intercontinental Airport Master Plan. Houston Airport System. December 2006. 2-1 (23/130). Retrieved on December 14, 2010.
- Montgomery County Texas Info
- Montgomery County government's website
- Montgomery County in Handbook of Texas Online from University of North Texas
- Montgomery Count vs. Harris County Line
- History of the Lake Creek Settlement and the Founding of the Town of Montgomery, Texas
- Early History of Montgomery County, Texas
- Montgomery County Monitor – News, Video, Photos, Live Scanner Feeds and Public Information
- Lonestar College – The Lone Star College System, formerly known as the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, is accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- Tribune article Feb. 20, 2012 – East Montgomery County Improvement District announces preliminary agreement with Front Sight Firearms Training Centers.
- Tribune article Feb. 7, 2012 – Court gives Earth Quest developer time to raise money, save project.
- Tribune article Jan. 24, 2012 – East Montgomery County Improvement District may lose millions unless dino-project built.
- Tribune article Jan. 10, 2012 – Earth Quest dino-park land in bankruptcy.
||Grimes County||Walker County||San Jacinto County|
|Waller County||Liberty County|