THE WOODLANDS, TX- This year the U.S. Census Bureau made it official by designating an area surrounding Conroe and The Woodlands as a ""large urbanized transit area."" The designation, based on its population exceeding 200,000, makes the area eligible for federal transportation dollars.

Thirty-six new large urbanized areas were added to the Census Bureau list this year. Conroe-The Woodlands was the only new designation in the Houston region.

The population within the area, which extends north to Willis and south to Spring in unincorporated Montgomery County along the Interstate 45 corridor, increased to 240,000 in 2010, nearly triple the 1990 level.

Already, the growth has changed the complexion of the area. It no longer consists of sleepy bedroom communities where everybody knows their neighbors and people leave their doors unlocked. But elected officials and residents say the encroaching urbanism has not diminished the quality of life.

The Conroe Independent School District is rated exemplary by the state. Green space, including parks and trails, and preserving the forested landscape have remained a priority for community leaders. And growth has brought plenty of shopping and entertainment amenities.

The Woodlands has the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for concerts and events, a major mall, The Woodlands Mall, and a waterway destination.

The growth has enabled more people to work close to home.


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