HAPPY NEW YEAR!
May 2018 bring you, your family, and your friends a happy, healthy, and prosperous year!
It’s a lot of fun to live in Montgomery County, Texas. Montgomery County is a wonderful place with friendly intelligent people, beautiful natural resources, and great proximity to a lot of interesting and fun things to do.
Thanks in some part to those positive attributes, the Montgomery County government is one of the most corrupt in Texas and one of the worst county governments in the United States. The reason those positive attributes have contributed to that condition is that the citizens have enjoyed life to the degree that they took for granted their necessity to remain vigilant and active in their government. 2018 and the previous year or so have started to change that laxity.
As you’d expect from friendly and intelligent people, they’re perking up and beginning to take their government back. They have an exciting opportunity to do that in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election where candidates usually win election since very few people are crazy enough to vote for the other party in general elections in this community.
Montgomery County has approximately 563,000 wonderful people living there. The U.S. Census Bureau estimate for the population on July 1, 2016, was 556,203. 26.6% of the population is under the age of 18 years and 12.6% of the population is 65 years or over. The under-18 population is declining while the over-65 population is growing. 50.5% of Montgomery County is female.
Conroe is the largest incorporated city with approximately 84,000 people in it. Conroe is the fastest growing city in the United States, but its growth is largely a function of forced annexations to provide the tax dollar-hungry municipality with more money to spend.
The racial characteristics of Montgomery County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are: 67.3% white (without Hispanic origin), 5.1% African American, 1% American Indian, 2.9% Asian, and 23.4% Hispanic. Approximately 12.9% of the population of Montgomery County is foreign born (that’s outside of the United States, not Texas).
There are approximately 33,000 veterans living in Montgomery County.
33% of Montgomery County’s population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. 20% of Montgomery County’s families speak a language other than English at home.
7.3% of the population has a disability. 15.6% of the population are without health insurance.
The median household income of Montgomery County is $70,805, which makes the County government’s elected official and top-level salaries all the more ridiculous. Per capita income is $35,912, while a Montgomery County Commissioner makes $168,808, plus approximately $68,029 in employee benefits, for total compensation of $236,837, or 6.59 times the per capita income of this community.
Montgomery County’s geography is mostly that of the East Texas piney woods, although development has cleared a lot of that natural feature. The County is home to the Sam Houston National Forest, which is truly a gorgeous treasure in the northwest part of the community. The County also has the W.G. Jones State Forest.
Montgomery County has 1,041.74 square miles of land area. Additionally, there are approximately 35 square miles of water most of which is the man-made Lake Conroe.
Lake Conroe is a man-made lake formed by the Lake Conroe Dam. Lake Conroe fluctuates between 201 and 207 feet above sea level. The entire County is within the watershed of the San Jacinto River. Flood control is the responsibility of the San Jacinto River Authority.
The high point is 430 feet above sea level near both Grimes and Walker counties near the northwest corner of Montgomery County. It’s about a half mile west of Bays Chapel Cemetery for those interested in mountain climbing.
Fun things to do
Talking to the interesting, friendly, and educated people of Montgomery County is the best thing to do there.
There are many great activities in the piney woods and on Lake Conroe. There are numerous movie theaters, world-class restaurants, and retail shopping areas.
If you’re interested in improving the world around you, there are many volunteer opportunities for charitable work or in politics.