Spring (Harris County) is off Interstate Highway 45 twenty miles north of Houston in north Harris County. Spring is a census-designated place (CDP) within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Houston in Harris County, Texas, United States, part of the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The population was 54,298 at the 2010 census. While the name “Spring” is applied to a large area of northern Harris County and a smaller area of southern Montgomery County, the original town of Spring, now known as Old Town Spring, is located at the intersection of Spring-Cypress and Hardy roads and encompasses a relatively small area of perhaps 1 km2.
The area was originally inhabited by the Orcoquiza Indians, who were first visited by Spaniards in 1746. In the 1820s some of Stephen F. Austin’s colonists settled nearby. In 1836 the General Council of the Provisional Government included the area in the municipality of Harrisburg. William Pierpont established a trading post on nearby Spring Creek in 1838, and by 1840 Spring had a population of 153. In the mid-1840s German immigrants, most notably Carl Wunsche, settled in the area and began farming the land. Immigrants from Louisiana and the postbellum South later moved into the farming community. Sugar cane and cotton were the main cash crops, but vegetables were also raised.
The town had a sugar mill for syrup making and two cotton gins. After the Houston and Great Northern Railroad built through Spring in 1871, the town grew considerably. A post office was established in 1873. By 1884 Spring had two steam saw and grist mills, two cotton gins, three churches, several schools, and a population of 150. In 1901-03 the International-Great Northern Railroad connected Spring with Fort Worth. A roundhouse was built, and Spring became a major switchyard with fourteen track yards and 200 rail workers. A sawmill was built near the tracks, and lumbering became an important business for a time. By 1910 the population had risen to 1,200. In 1912 the Spring State Bank was established. It was robbed several times in the 1930s; erroneous rumors have attributed one robbery to Bonnie and Clyde. In 1935 the bank consolidated with the Tomball Bank. One of the noted businesses in Spring about this time was the A. F. Russell Day Lily Farm, which had an international mail-order clientele.
In 1923 the roundhouse was moved to Houston, and Spring began to decline. By 1931 its population had fallen to 300. In 1947, however, a population of 700 was reported, and by 1984 the figure had risen to 15,000, the number that was still reported in 1989. From 1969 to 1992, when it was moved to Akron, Ohio, the Goodyear airship America was based near Spring. The airship is one of three designed and built by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio. During its travels the blimp’s night signs provide public relation messages, and its TV camera films many sporting and public events. In the 1970s Houston suburbs expanded northwestward; an increasing number of subdivisions and residential areas grew up around Spring. Some of the old houses in Spring were restored and opened as shops. In 1980 the Old Town Spring was formed to promote this unique shopping village. By 1989 Old Town Spring had become a tourist attraction with over eighty unique specialty shops. The Spring post office services about 80,000 people, but its area includes more than Spring. Similarly, the Spring Independent School District includes much more than the town of Spring. The estimated population of the school district is 75,000.
Housing Prices in Spring Range from $70,000 to over $1,000,000. The area is booming with many new shopping facilities opening up. A new Walmart has been built at the corner of 2920 and Kuykendahl which will make shopping much more accessible for the rural areas of Spring. The area has many fine golf course communities and country clubs.
Things to do in Spring:
Cypresswood Golf Club – Tradition Course
Stretching more than 7,200 yards, this is one of the longest courses in the Houston area, which is noted for its excellent design with rolling fairways and narrow landing areas. A 54-hole course surrounded by acres of forest for the perfect golf getaway.
Cypresswood Golf Club – Creek Course
This classic driving golf course measures 6,937 yards at par 72, where long straight tee shots and accurate short irons are the keys to scoring like the pros here.
Cypresswood Golf Club – Cypress Course
Stretching 6,906 yards at par 72, this is a shot-makers course with many dogleg tee shots and rolling lies in the fairway.
As of 2010, the total Spring population is 54,298, which has grown 49.23% since 2000. The population growth rate is much higher than the state average rate of 20.59% and is much higher than the national average rate of 9.71%. Spring median household income is $69,511 in 2008-2012 and has grown by 22.68% since 2000. The income growth rate is lower than the state average rate of 29.14% and is lower than the national average rate of 26.32%. Spring median house value is $112,600 in 2008-2012 and has grown by 53.20% since 2000. The house value growth rate is about the same as the state average rate of 55.15% and is about the same as the national average rate of 51.67%. As a reference, the national Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate for the same period is 26.63%. On average, the public school district that covers Spring is better than the state average in quality.
There are 44 K-12 schools in Spring, TX, including 28 public schools and 16 private schools. Spring public schools belong to three districts, Conroe ISD District, Klein ISD District and Spring ISD District. There are 33 Spring elementary schools, 11 Spring middle schools, 9 Spring high schools and 93 Spring preschool schools.
|Bainbridge Estates||Huntwick||Spring Lakes|
|Candlelight Hills||Lakes of Cypress Forest||Spring Trails|
|Country Lake Estates||Louetta Lakes||Stone Forest|
|Cypresswood||Memorial Northwest||Terranova West|
|Cypresswood Glen Estates||Oaks of Devonshire||Thicket|
|Country Lake Estates||Spring Creek Forest||WindRose|
|Devonshire Woods||Spring Creek Oaks|