The Woodlands, Texas

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The Woodlands, Texas

Introduction to The Woodlands, Texas

The Woodlands, Texas is 28 miles N of Houston, Texas. It is located in Montgomery county and has a population of 55,649.

The Woodlands History

The Woodlands was established in 1974 by George P. Mitchell. A portion of the area was originally occupied by the Grogan-Cochran Lumber Mill. Planning concepts and design consultants of Irvine Ranch, California, Columbia, Maryland, and Reston contributed to the original planning of The Woodlands. In the early 21st century, residents who feared annexation by Houston, desired to have an independent city government.

The Woodlands and Nearby Attractions

  • Tomball Museum Center
  • Lake Houston State Park
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Splashtown
  • Washington on the Brazos

Things To Do In The Woodlands

Lake Houston State Park offers camping, hiking and biking opportunities. Popular museums nearby include the National Museum of Funeral History and Tomball Museum Center. Town Center Theatre is a popular place for entertainment. Day trips may be planned to Space Center Houston, Lake Conroe, Blue Bell Creamery, and the San Jacinto Monument.

The Woodlands Transportation

Air transportation is available from George Bush Intercontinental airport.

The Woodlands Higher Education

Some of the colleges and universities located near The Woodlands are San Jacinto College - North Campus, University of Saint Thomas, Lee College, and Texas Southern University.

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High Points

The Woodlands strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Texas):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy The Woodlands Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy The Woodlands Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy The Woodlands Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy The Woodlands Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% The Woodlands College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% The Woodlands People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% The Woodlands Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of The Woodlands, Texas

Comparing The Woodlands to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Texas (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 6
Female Share of the Population 7 6
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 4 4
Senior Citizens 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 9 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 7 10
Walking and Biking to Work 2 7
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7
Affordability of Rents 4 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
People Living Alone 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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The Woodlands Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 28 miles N of Houston, Texas
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 77380, 77381, 77382, 77384, 77385, 77386
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77387, 77393
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.157
Longitude -95.489

The Woodlands Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station CONROE
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 63 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 37.2 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 61 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 94 F
Oct Temp 62 to 82 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
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The Woodlands Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 55,649 100%
Male 26,796 48.2%
Female 28,853 51.8%
Under 18 17,709 31.8%
18+ 37,940 68.2%
65+ 4,209 7.6%
Median Age 36.9
Average Family Size 3.21
White 51,399 92.4%
African-American 973 1.7%
Asian 1,556 2.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 160 0.3%
Other 795 1.4%
Mixed Race 736 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,697 6.6%

The Woodlands Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 17.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.1%
English 14.3%
Irish 9.8%
US/American 9.7%
Italian 5%
French (except Basque) 3.1%
Scottish 2.9%
Polish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
European 2.3%
Dutch 1.7%
Norwegian 1.7%
British 1.6%
Swedish 1.1%
Welsh 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Jamaican 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, The Woodlands, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Panther Creek (77381, 77382, 77393)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
The Woodlands 55,649 $98,675
Conroe 36,811 $37,201
Cut and Shoot 1,158 $47,404
Magnolia 1,111 $50,417
Pinehurst 2,274 $41,563
Shenandoah 1,503 $76,116
Tomball 9,089 $45,764

The Woodlands Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(936) 266-4050
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in The Woodlands

(As of 2005)
6700 Woodlands Pkwy
800 Research Forest Drive
Panther Creek & Woodlands Pkwy
4775 W. Panther Creek
Pinecroft & Lake Woodlands
1440-G Lake Woodlands Dr.
9420 College Park Dr
Woodlands Town Center
9595 Six Pines

Wal-mart in The Woodlands

(As of 2006)
610 Sawdust Road
(281) 364-7767
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Serves 2,302 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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