To start research for this blog post, I simply typed my hometown, Conroe, Texas, into the Google search engine. I wasn’t just overwhelmed with excitement about the assignment and I really just wanted to speed through it. However, now, I’m very excited about the assignment because the first link I saw was to an article about a Real Estate blog by Laura Allen (no, we are not related) of Movoto that ranks Conroe in the Top 10 Most Exciting Places in Texas. Better than that, it’s ranked just above Dallas. Well, I must say, my Real Estate blog wholeheartedly agrees with Ms. Laura’s Real Estate blog. Check out her blog!
Just so you know, here is the criteria used for the top 100 most populated cities:
- Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
- Live music venues per capita
- Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
- Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
- Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
- Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)
Yep, Conroe came in third, tied with Houston. Consider visiting…
Now, on to describe Conroe overall:
GROWTH PATTERN, ECONOMY, DEMOGRAPHICS AND LIFESTYLE CHARACTERISTICS
Twenty-five years ago, Conroe was a sleepy bedroom community in the Piney Woods of Texas with a population of 28,991 in the year 1990. Since, Conroe has exploded with growth. The growth is primarily along Interstate 45 which runs North to South from Dallas to Houston and around the lake. There’s a few reasons for this growth. As Houston’s reach expands north, Conroe is becoming a more prominent suburb of the big city. As I’ve grown up, development all over has exploded and if I had to guess, the number of restaurants has probably quadrupled since my family moved in during 1996. I am not a stranger to the frustrating amount of construction we have in College Station. Next, there’s the lake. Lake Conroe is loved by people all over the state. It’s quality fishing and water sports make it an excellent place to live, visit or own a lake house. Finally, the job market around Conroe has been excellent in recent years. To add to this, Exxon-Mobil is building a huge site just south of Conroe which will boost the job market even more and increase development.
Conroe’s population of 61,533 (according to 2012 statistics) looks very similar to other Texas cities. With 48.3% White residents, 38.5% Hispanic residents, and 10.3% Black residents, it almost mirrors the average in Texas. However, the median age (Conroe-31.50) is significantly younger than the median in Texas (33.60) which is already a relatively young state. Another major difference is the income level. Unfortunately, Conroe’s average income is 20% below the national average and has about 7% more of its population under the poverty line than what is average in the nation. However, with continued job growth prospects, this should change rapidly.
Finally, Conroe’s political district is among the most conservative in the nation. The majority of votes are cast toward the Republican Party and liberal politicians are few and far between in Conroe.
Overall, Conroe was an incredible place to live growing up. It’s not so rural that there’s “nothing to do” but it’s not just a big city that’s nothing more than a concrete jungle. It has exciting events, a fantastic lake, a good night life, all the excellent restaurants you could ever want all the while maintaining gentle Piney Woods forests that are beautiful and fun to explore. I definitely recommend that you visit.