Introduction to Tomball, Texas

Tomball, Texas, in Harris county, is 8 miles SW of The Woodlands, Texas (center to center) and 27 miles NW of Houston, Texas.

Tomball History

Immigrants who settled in the area in the early 1800s were drwan by the region's agricultural and pastoral resources. The area began to prosper around 1906 when it became a railroad town. State Senator Thomas Henry Ball established the city as a railroads center, and in 1907, the community was named "Tomball" in his honor. The population increased after the installation of a 100-foot gusher in 1933. Humble Oil and Gas gave the inhabitants of the city free natural gas for fifty years in exchange for the exclusive rights to drill in the city. Over the years, Tomball has emerged as a business center for the quadrant on the northwest of Houston.

Tomball and Nearby Attractions

  • Battleship Texas State Historical Site
  • Tomball Museum Center
  • San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Things To Do In Tomball

The site where the troops led by General Sam Houston defeated the Mexican forces of President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna is near the city of Tomball. The Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and Barrington at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site are also close by. A 1912 battleship that was used in the first and second World War can be viewed at the nearby Battleship Texas State Historical Site. Another popular place to visit near Tomball is the Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, which offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and also features live animal displays.

Tomball Transportation

Air transportation is available from George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Tomball Higher Education

The University of Saint Thomas, South Texas College of Law, Houston Community College System, and Houston Graduate School of Theology are located nearby.


Total Population 11,186
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,525
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.1%
Median Earnings25+ $41,330
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,137


Median Family Income $65,156
% Above Poverty Level 77.3%
% Below Poverty Level 22.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 33.9%
Median Gross Rent $934
Median House Value $173,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.5%
US/American 0%
English 10.7%
Irish 9.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Tomball Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SW of The Woodlands, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles NW of Houston, Texas
County Harris
Standard Zip Codes 77375, 77377
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77337
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.096
Longitude -95.615

Tomball Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 59 to 82 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Station CONROE
Distance 18.2 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 33.2 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Hufsmith (77337)

Rose Hill (77375)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Conroe 63,521 $54,728
Jersey Village 7,849 $91,042

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Tomball Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(281) 351-1623
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tomball High Schools

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30330 QUINN RD
Serves 2,478 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 83 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.

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