Situated roughly 40 miles north of Houston and just seven miles southeast of Lake Conroe, Conroe, Texas, is a mid-size city that combines easy access to a large urban area with a multitude of outdoor recreational activities. With its mixture of newer and older single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums situated in comfortable neighborhoods, Conroe appeals to a broad range of people who want to keep their finger on the pulse of big-city life while retaining a touch of small-town closeness.
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Approximately 63,000 people live in family-friendly Conroe's 37.8 square miles, and the population has increased by more than 70 percent since the year 2000. For more than 100 years, the city has ranked as the largest in Montgomery County, Texas. New residents are drawn by a number of factors, including a daily cost of living that ranks well below the national average, good schools, an ethnically diverse community and a stable local economy with low unemployment rates. The area also has abundant restaurants, stores and shopping centers. Downtown Conroe features an historic district that honors the city's past as both an oil boom town and a timber boom town. Downtown also features antique stores, pubs, cafes, three art galleries and two performing arts theaters.
Many residents of Conroe commute down Interstate 45 to work in Houston. However, almost half of the workforce remains within the local area. Residents can take advantage of more than two dozen parks, including the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park. Nearby universities include Sam Houston State, Prairie View A & M and the University of Houston. The city's rate of single-family home construction is far higher than the average for the state. Still, overall home prices remain relatively modest. Premier neighborhoods include League Line Rd./Longmire Rd. and Magnolia Parkway/Old Conroe Rd. Other popular neighborhoods include City Center, Beach and Woodloch. Like the rest of Southeast Texas, the city has a relatively warm and humid climate as well as a good mixture of sunny days and rainfall. Residents of the area have ample opportunity to beat the heat at nearby Lake Conroe, which covers more than 21,000 acres and stretches for 21 miles through a series of forests known as the Piney Woods. Common recreational activities on or near the lake include swimming, boating, golfing, jet skiing, water skiing, fishing and hunting. For folks who want to combine city living with plenty of outdoor fun, Conroe is a perfect place to call home.