Conroe, TX


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Conroe, TX

About Conroe, TX

Conroe, Texas is located north of Houston near Lake Conroe offering access to beautiful beaches and wildlife preserves. The city also hosts various events throughout the year such as concerts at the Owen Theatre or fun sporting events at The Pavilion. Large city complex - Southeast Texas, 50 miles inland from the Gulf Coast.

Zip Codes: 77301 77304 77303 77302
Cost of Living:
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 108 ft above sea level

The rapidly growing Houston area continues to rank the fourth largest metro area in the United States behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Not only is the population huge, but the area includes 10 counties covering some 900 square miles and spreads some 50 miles in each direction.

Houston is a national and world center for the petroleum and petrochemical industry, but also shines as a general corporate center; local companies include Continental Airlines, Browning Ferris Industries, Waste Management, MinuteMaid (owned by Coca-Cola), and American General (insurance). There is a considerable amount of banking and general commerce and trade in the area, driven in part by the large port facility and the petrochemical industry.

The city grew in a fairly haphazard manner, with skyscraper complexes downtown and satellite corporate centers on the periphery. To the west along the I-610 inner beltway, the commercial center and satellite downtown area known as the Galleria contains a gigantic mall with over 300 stores and large office complexes. Both of these core areas feature a very modern skyline and the latest in transportation conveyances. Together downtown and the Galleria contain 6 1/2 miles of underground tunnels and malls, and a light rail system serving the downtown area. So much commercial activity is actually done on the periphery that downtown – if you can get there – is relatively pleasant, uncrowded and attractive.

Growth has spread in all directions, and traffic on the area’s spider-web of freeways, many undergoing their second reconstruction, can slow to a crawl anywhere, anytime. Air quality is among the country’s worst. Suburbs spread in all directions and particularly to the west, southwest, northwest and north. Areas southeast are older, more built up, industrial, and constrained by Galveston Bay.

The heavier industry is east and southeast in a 25 miles industrial corridor towards Texas City. Baytown, to the east and at the head of Galveston Bay, is a major oil refining and petrochemical center dominated by Exxon-Mobil. Galveston offers an interesting mix of antebellum commercial history and beach resort on Galveston Island just southeast of Texas City, and is a favored weekend getaway in an area that doesn’t have very many. Farther west along the coast lies the industrial center of Freeport in Brazoria County, an enormous petrochemical and mineral processing center, with numerous beach houses built up on stilts up and down the coast and a corridor of small towns and residential areas spread back north towards Houston.

Cultural amenities are excellent and include performing arts, museums, and a variety of entertainment options. With the new NFL team, the Houston Texans, the Houston Astros (MLB), the Houston Rockets (NBA) and the University of Houston and Rice University teams, the city offers a full slate of sports entertainment. The Texas Medical Center is a leading-edge facility including 39 centers and employing 50,000 healthcare professionals. Although there are some lakes and the Gulf is 50 miles away, the area is notably lacking in outdoor recreational opportunities and the landscape is relatively featureless. Cost of living is notably low for a big city, and excellent housing is available.

The Houston landscape mainly is a flat, treeless plain crossed by several small streams and rivers, with a little more relief and some wooded areas to the north and northeast. The climate is humid subtropical with a marine influence. Summers are hot and sultry with daytime temperatures in the 90’s and occasionally over 100 degrees. High relative humidity makes these temperatures uncomfortable—air-conditioning is a must. Winters are cloudy and mild with abundant rainfall. Clear dry days are most common in the fall. Heavy thunderstorms and tropical storms occasionally pass through the area.

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Conroe Cost of Living
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Diverse economy, entertainment, and cost of living make Conroe a great place to live.

$310,400
-8.9% lower than avg
$67,863
-1.7% lower than avg
$1,058 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-8.5% lower than avg
Conroe Crime
45.2 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Conroe, Texas
$59,400
for a family
$41,600
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Conroe
   Diverse economy
Growth and sprawl
   Entertainment
Hot, humid summers
   Cost of living
Unattractive setting
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Over 9 years ago

Living in Conroe and driving to Houston for work is a death-defying feat. My steering wheel in my Honda still has grip marks from the sheer stress of the traffic  More

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Over 10 years ago

We have a very high quality of life here. We have lots of trees and privacy yet all the conveniences of The Woodlands only 5 minutes  More

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Over 15 years ago

Love it! Stay a  More

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