The county seat of Montgomery County, Conroe is located 40 miles north of Houston and 25 miles north of George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Along with the cities of Montgomery and Willis, Conroe is part of the Lake Conroe Area, which has a population of just over 103,600. The growing population of Conroe itself is estimated around 45,000.
The Texas Legislature has officially honored Montgomery County as the "Birthplace of the Lone Star Flag" for the design contribution by the resident Dr. Charles Bellinger Stewart to the state flag in the 1800s.
Conroe's early economy depended on local agriculture and the timber industry. Despite fires in 1901 and 1911 that destroyed a great deal of its downtown business district, Conroe continued to grow, earning the nickname of the "Miracle City." In 1931, when oil was discovered just outside of town, the Conroe Oilfield was established, and the community's economy soared. As a result, the Conroe school district became one of the wealthiest in Texas, and for a brief time, more millionaires per capita lived in Conroe than anywhere in the United States. Today, however, the annual average income in Conroe is below the national average.
Conroe's major employers include Bauer Manufacturing, ReedHycalog, McKesson and Texas Oil Tools.
Conroe accommodates about 14,000 houses with an occupancy ratio of about 92 percent. Out of these occupied houses, owners use 6,200 houses, whereas, renters occupy around 6,800 houses.
The revitalized Downtown Conroe features several specialty shops, including furniture, antiques and home accessories. Downtown is also home to the Crighton Theatre, a restored vaudeville theater built in 1934 offering live performances and community events.
Situated on the west fork of the San Jacinto River, Lake Conroe is bordered on the north by the Sam Houston National Forest. Here visitors may spot several species of birds, deer, and even alligators.
The lake boasts some of the best fishing in the region, with such types of fish as large-mouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, and small-mouth buffalo fish. Visitors can hire guides to show them the current fishing hot spots.
Common activities at Lake Conroe include:
Part of the Lone Star College System that was established in 1972 as North Harris County College, Lone Star College-Montgomery sits on 165 acres of forest between the Woodlands and Conroe.
While Conroe provides easy access to Houston stores, shoppers can discover one-of-a-kind items at Conroe's many antique, boutique, and gift stores. An outlet center and several major department stores are also located in Conroe.
Every first Saturday of the month, those seeking fresh fruits, vegetables, jellies, honey, cheeses, meats, and salsas can visit Montgomery for its Lone Star First Saturday growers-only market. Nearby Plantersville is home to the Bernhardt Winery, which offers wine-pairing dinners, a unique selection of wines, and wine-related merchandise.