Census data shows population, unemployment rate increase for Tomball, Magnolia from 2015-20

The Tomball and Pinehurst ZIP codes had a higher unemployment rate, whereas the Magnolia ZIP codes had a lower unemployment rate. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The Tomball and Pinehurst ZIP codes had a higher unemployment rate, whereas the Magnolia ZIP codes had a lower unemployment rate. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The Tomball and Pinehurst ZIP codes had a higher unemployment rate, whereas the Magnolia ZIP codes had a lower unemployment rate. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Data released March 17 from the U.S. Census Bureau includes information from its Annual Community Survey five-year estimates for 2016-20, including the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the bureau, the pandemic resulted in disruptions to its data collection, and the bureau revised its methodology to reduce bias occurring as a result of nonresponses in 2020.


This data showed an increase in the total population across Tomball, Magnolia and Pinehurst, going from 144,046 in 2015 to 174,384 in 2020. While Tomball and Magnolia had significant population increases, Pinehurst had a slight decrease in population. See it broken down by ZIP code below.

During that time, Tomball and Magnolia saw their male populations increase faster than the female populations.


In addition, Tomball's, Magnolia's and Pinehurst's 2020 household median incomes all sit well above the 2020 national average of $67,521, data shows.


However, the Pinehurst and Tomball ZIP codes saw an increase in the unemployment rate between 2015 and 2020, whereas the Magnolia ZIP codes saw a decrease in the unemployment rate. All six local ZIP codes had a higher 2020 unemployment rate than the 2020 national unemployment rate of 3.4%.

By Kayli Thompson

Reporter, Houston

Kayli joined Community Impact Newspaper in February 2022 covering the cities of Tomball and Magnolia. She graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism in December 2015 with a dual Bachelor's degree in journalism and Political Science. She moved to Texas from New York where she reported for The Ithaca Voice, The Cortland Standard, Syracuse.com, The Stand, The Lansing Ledger, Dryden Courier and Groton Independent. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, and finding any excuse to be near water.