DATA: Montgomery County cities, towns saw continued growth through 2010s

Conroe was identified as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States from 2010-19. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe was identified as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States from 2010-19. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Conroe was identified as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States from 2010-19. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the continued growth of Montgomery County and its cities and towns over the past decade.

The county had already been identified as one of the fastest-growing in the state earlier this year, with a population that increased 32.27% from an estimated 459,208 in July 2010 to 607,391 in July 2019.

New census data shows that many cities and towns within the county have followed a similar trend, with most experiencing double-digit percentage growth through the 2010s. The city of Montgomery more than doubled its population last decade from an estimated 625 people in 2010 to 1,360 in 2019. The city of Magnolia experienced more than 50% growth over the same period, with its population rising from an estimated 1,381 in 2010 to 2,093 last year.

The census bureau also identified Conroe as one of the 15 fastest-growing large cities across the United States in the last decade. Conroe ranked ninth on that list, behind other Texas cities such as Frisco, New Braunfels, McKinney and Cedar Park and ahead of 13th-ranked Round Rock. The city grew more than 38% from July 2010 to July 2019, according to census estimates, and is now home to more than 91,000 people.

The Woodlands, the county’s largest entity, was not included in the latest census data due to its unincorporated status. Based on the census bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey five-year estimate, the township has a population of at least 109,843 people.

An increase in housing throughout Montgomery County was identified alongside the rise in population. The county added more than 50,000 housing units from July 2010 to July 2019, a 28% increase, according to census bureau estimates.

The county’s housing increase from April 2010 to July 2019 ranked 16th among the nation’s fastest-growing counties with 5,000 or more housing units over the decade span, according to the census bureau.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


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