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Conroe Sits on the Banks of Sparkling Lake Conroe Outside of Houston and Has Wooded Neighborhoods, a Nice Downtown and a Country Vibe
On the shores of 22,000-acre Lake Conroe 40 miles north of Houston in southeastern Texas, Conroe started out in the 1880s as a lumber mill town and later became an oil producing center. In the 1930s, it claimed more millionaires than any other metropolis in the country.
This is a fast-growing place, with an influx of Houston families and professionals seeking a relatively reasonably priced, down to earth place to live. While the city is primarily an exurb bedroom community, it has managed to hold onto its small town way of life. The county rodeo is still held here, and the hot rods swap meet is a popular event. The downtown is lined with red brick buildings that house wineries, breweries, galleries, the Owen Theatre, the Heritage Museum of Montgomery, the Lonestar Monument and the Crighton, a renovated Vaudevillian theater. The Conroe Art League has a gallery and workshops, and the city hosts a summer concert series, a food truck Feast of Artisans and the Young Texas Artists Music Competition.
Lone Star Community College's Academy of Lifelong Learning has a good menu of free and low cost classes for people age 50 or better. The Woodlands Mall, just 10 miles to the south, has national retailers and restaurants.
Conroe also manages a long list of parks, outdoor venues, golf courses, swimming pools, and trails. The Sam Houston National Forest and the W. Goodrich Jones State Forest are within minutes. Lake Conroe is dotted with marinas, eateries and public boat ramps.
Neighborhoods are leafy with ranch ramblers, Cape Cods, Craftsmans, bungalows and others.
Population: 95,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 34%
Cost of Living: 17% below the national average
Median Home Price: $325,000
Climate: Summer temperatures in the 80s, 90s and low-100s. Winter temperatures dip into the 40s and 50s. On average, Conroe receives 50 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 32%
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 65% above the national average.
Notes: A real estate dollar goes a long way here. Interstate 45 runs through the city, providing somewhat congested access to Houston. Home prices have increased 2% since last year. The population has grown 25% during the last 10 years. In fact, between in 2015 and 2016, Conroe was one the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Not all long-time locals are happy with the rapid expansion.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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