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Humble, TX

Located near Houston in northeastern Harris County, Humble (pronounced "umble") is home to a population of about 15,000. The city was named for Pleasant Smith Humble, who settled in the area just prior to the Civil War. Today it is home to a culturally diverse population and a growing economy.


The first settlers moved to Humble in the early 19th century. The area became a center for commercial activity because of the vast timber in the region. C.O. Bender built a large sawmill and Humble became a crossroads for transporting lumber.

In 1902, shallow oil production began in Humble and the city became a tent city overflowing with people. Oil discoveries mounted and by 1905, the Humble oil field was the largest oil-producing field in Texas. The Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon Co. USA) was formed by local entrepreneurs.

As oil production declined, land owners turned to truck farming, dairy farming and lumbering. The town of Humble was incorporated in 1933 and it remained a quiet city until 1969, when Houston Intercontinental Airport opened.

To meet the needs of the growing population, Humble became a retail center and is now considered the commercial and economic hub of Northeast Harris County. Humble is now home to a state-of-the-art hospital, a spacious mall, and a civic center.

Humble's largest employers include Northeast Medical Center, Humble ISD, WalMart, Lawler Foods, and Target.


Most of the population in Humble is urban. The neighborhoods and districts of Humble accommodate around 5,900 houses, out of which more than 5,400 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than 2,400 are owner-occupied while renters occupy around 3,000 houses.

Humble is a fairly walkable city. A lot of places, such as grocery shops, movie theaters, drug stores, schools, restaurants and fitness centers are at a short distance from the center of the city.





Humble Good Oil Days: Held in April, Humble's Good Oil Days festival is an annual event celebrating the city's days as a major oil producer. The family-friendly festival includes food, art, and special activities for children. It is held on Main Street in downtown Humble.


Two radio stations broadcast from the city of Humble: KSBJ 89.3-FM and KGOL 1180-AM.


Humble is not home to any institutions of higher education. The city's students do not have far to travel, however, to attend college. Nearby Houston colleges and universities include:


Although Humble has no professional sports teams of its own, residents and tourists alike can enjoy a number of sporting events that are just a short drive away in Houston. Houston's professional sports teams include the following:

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