Situated along State Highway 249, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Houston, Tomball is a suburb located in Harris County. Residents in Tomball enjoy the simple things in life. Even as the town continues to grow, it remains small, with quaint historical buildings and farmhouses. There are many opportunities for cultural, recreational and sports activities in and just outside of Tomball.
According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, over the past two decades, the population has gone through a significant growth. Just more than 6,350 residents lived in Tomball in 1990, but today more than 10,900 people reside in city.
The history of Tomball began nearly a century ago when it was first known as a railroad and farming town. Early settlers came to the area because it has open, fertile soil ideal for raising cattle and farming. In 1907, the area began to boom because railroad engineers pegged the area to be a perfect destination for a train stop between flat plains and low hills. In later years, the community grew as a hub for the oil industry. One major event in Tomball's oil history was the founding of the Humble Oil & Refining Co. in 1933. Tomball was a center for railroad transportation of agricultural products after state Senator Thomas Henry Ball established the town as a vital resource for transporting goods. The town was later named after him, as he played a major role in developing the area.
There are many opportunities for employment in Tomball because the city is so close to Houston. Also, some of the top employers within the city limits include Hewlett Packard, Tomball Regional Medical Center, the Tomball campus of Lone Star College and Baker Hughes.
Many apartments for rent in Tomball are occupied by students attending school at the Lone Star College, the second largest community college in Texas. The college is a member of the Lone Star College System, and it has the largest Cisco Regional Training Academy in the state and a highly rated computer information technology program.
Living in Tomball is fairly inexpensive compared to the rest of the country. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 5 points lower than the national average, food is 15 points lower and utilities are 6 points lower. Residents of Tomball experience a high quality of life, making it a great place to live with low prices of living.
According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average cost of apartments in Tomball is $860.
One of the most beloved annual events in Tomball is the German Festival and Christmas Market. The large event features roughly 150 street vendors that line the streets, arts and crafts, Christmas items, music stages and much more.
There are many other festivals in Houston that residents of Tomball get to enjoy, like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Hot Sauce Festival, Texas Renaissance Festival, Houston Marathon and Houston International Festival.
Burroughs Park is a 330-acre recreational area beloved by many in the town. This park is designed for everyone to enjoy, and The Playground For All Children meets the standards for disabled children to play as well. Residents can stroll down the pathways and play in lighted and unlighted ballfields or enjoy the lake, pavilion, picnic areas and concession stands.
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