Tomball, Texas

Location and Population
Tomball, TX (pop. 10,753) is a city located in Harris County approximately 32 miles northwest of downtown Houston via TX-249.  The Woodlands is about 15 miles northeast, Lake Conroe Park is approximately 20 miles north and Galveston Island is about 84 miles southeast.   The closest major airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, is approximately 29 miles southeast.
Part of Tomball’s mission statement is, “to promote a healthy and safe environment of increasingly higher quality of life for all citizens….”   FBI data crime data suggests that the city is indeed making its citizens safer.  From 2008 to 2010, violent crimes in Tomball fell by 28%.  By comparison, in 2010 Tomball’s violent crime rate was less than one-third of Houston’s.  (“Crime Rate” means crimes per 100,000 people.)
While the city of Tomball has less than 11,000 residents, it is the hub of an area that is home to nearly 159,000 people.  People have been drawn to the area’s conveniences and quality of life, especially the numerous equestrian-oriented subdivisions, spacious lots and affordable housing.

Housing
According to Trulia, as of March 21st, 2012, the average list price for a 3-bedroom home in Tomball was $172,618.  You can find home listed for under $100,000 and some listed for over $300,000.  However, the majority of listings tend to be under $200,000.

Cost of Living & Median Income
According to Sperling’s Best Places, Tomball’s Cost of Living is about 9.6% lower than the U.S. average.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Tomball’s 2006-2010 median household income was $46,352 vs. Texas’ average of $49,696 and the national average of $51,914.

Employment
Major employers in Tomball include:  Hewlett Packard, Tomball Regional Medical Center, Tomball ISD, Lone Star College-Tomball and Baker Hughes.

Schools
Tomball is served by the Tomball Independent School District.  In 2011, success in exceeding the state’s academic expectations led to the Texas Education Agency awarding Tomball ISD with a “Recognized” rating.  Of Tomball’s nine schools, four were rated “Exemplary” and three were rated “Recognized”.  The remaining five schools were rated “Acceptable”.
Adults who wish to continue their education can take advantage of the Lone Star College System (LSCS) which has a campus in Tomball.  The LSCS provides residents of Tomball with an inexpensive option for pursuing a higher education.  The LSCS serves 85,000 students via 12 campuses and two University Centers.  The University Centers are a partnership with several universities and allow students to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree without traveling to the partnered university.

Local Attractions
Outdoor & Family Fun
Tomball offers several city parks but the two main outdoor attractions are within just a few miles:  Burroughs Park and Spring Creek Park.  To the northeast is Burroughs Park, a 330-acre recreational area that offers hiking, fishing and several athletic fields.  A noteworthy attraction is “The Playground for All Children” which is a 10-acre playground designed to meet the needs of disabled children.  It is also home to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Spring Creek Park is a 114-acre park located west-northwest of Tomball.   It offers lighted basketball courts, a skateboarding area, nature trails and over 100 picnic tables.
Tomball has three golf courses and is close to The Woodlands 81-hole golfing complex.
Nightlife and the Arts
The Regional Arts Center of Tomball is a volunteer organization that promotes live theater, music and other cultural entertainment.  Performances are held in various venues.
Shopping
Tomball‘s Downtown Shopping District is home to over 50 shops and boutiques, including antiques and collectibles shops.  Tomball is also convenient to many premier retailers and service providers in both The Woodlands and Houston.