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Montgomery County, Texas

Montgomery County, Texas
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
 • (2013) 499,137
 • Density 422/sq mi (163/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.tx.montgomery.cowww

Montgomery County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 455,746.[1] A 2013 estimate places the population at 499,137. 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.

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected area 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Politics 3
    • United States Congress 3.1
    • Texas Legislature 3.2
      • Texas Senate 3.2.1
      • Texas House of Representatives 3.2.2
  • Education 4
    • Public schools 4.1
    • Private schools 4.2
      • Pre-K to 12 4.2.1
  • Transportation 5
    • Airports 5.1
    • Major highways 5.2
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Census-designated places 6.2
    • Unincorporated areas 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Geography

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

National protected area

Demographics

As of the 2010 census,[7] 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

Montgomery County is one of the most heavily Republican counties in Texas, giving 78.1% of its vote to 2004[8] and 75.8% of its vote to John McCain in 2008.[9] 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.[10]

United States Congress

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

Texas Senate

District Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Montgomery County Represented
  3 Robert Nichols Republican 2006 North
  4 Brandon Creighton Republican Special election 2014 South and central (including The Woodlands and Conroe)

Texas House of Representatives

District Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Montgomery County Represented
  3 Cecil Bell Jr. Republican 2012 Southwest to southeast
  15 Mark Keough Republican 2014 South (including The Woodlands)
  16 Will Metcalf Republican 2014 North and east (including Conroe)

Steve Toth, outgoing District 15 representative, and Brandon Creighton opposed each other in the Republican primary for the Senate seat which Tommy Williams vacated in the fall of 2013. A third candidate in the race was Gordy Bunch, an entrepreneur and a township council member from The Woodlands.[11]Creighton handily defeated Toth in the runoff election for the seat.

Education

Public schools

Several school districts operate public schools in the county:

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

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

Airports

Lone Star Executive Airport, a general aviation airport, is located in Conroe.

The

  • Montgomery County Texas Info
  • Montgomery County government's website
  • Handbook of Texas OnlineMontgomery County in 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.
  • Montgomery County Libertarian Party

External links

  1. ^ "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".  
  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. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/48339.html
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graph --2004 Montgomery County, Texas
  9. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graph --2008 Montgomery County, Texas
  10. ^ Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - Data Graphs
  11. ^ "Chris Contelesse, "Gordy Bunch, Steve Toth, Brandon Creighton vie for state Senate", October 24, 2013". yourhoustonnews.com. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Master Plan Executive Summary." George Bush Intercontinental Airport Master Plan. Houston Airport System. December 2006. 2-1 (23/130). Retrieved on December 14, 2010.

References

See also

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

Unincorporated areas

Census-designated places

Cities

Communities

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

Major highways

in Houston in Harris County also operates regular commercial service. William P. Hobby Airport [12]

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