Don’t let its name fool you. Humble, Texas is a good place to live. It offers the warmth and familiarity of small-town living – but it’s close enough to Houston and its attractions to keep things interesting and varied. Combine that with its temperate climate and it’s no wonder that Humble is attracting new residents all the time.
Are you planning a move to Humble, Texas? Our guide has all the information you need to make your relocation an enjoyable experience.
About Humble, Texas
Humble is a small city in the Houston metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, its population was just over 15,000 people. People in the adjacent Houston neighborhood of Bordersville share a zip code with Humble. They also have Humble addresses.
The city of Humble was first settled in the early 1800s. It’s first settler was Joseph Dunman, who arrived in 1828.
The city takes its name from Pleasant Smith Humble, affectionately known as “Plez,” who settled here just before the start of the Civil War. In addition to operating a ferry and serving as a Justice of the Peace, Pleasant opened the area’s first post office and ran it out of his home.
Besides farming, the area’s first major industry was lumber due to its stands of timber. The presence of a large sawmill made Humble a crossroads for the transportation of lumber.
In 1902, oil production began in Humble’s oilfields. A big gusher in 1904 made Humble Oil Field the largest-producing oil field in Texas.
Today, the city is the commercial and cultural center of northeast Harris County.
Education in Humble
The Humble Independent School District services the children of Humble. The city has three public elementary schools, one middle school, and three high schools. Students here may also choose to attend Quest High School, located in the Atascocita area of unincorporated Harris County.
If you prefer private schools, St. Mary Magdalene School in Humble teaches students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The closest Catholic high school is in Harris County and serves students from Humble.
The city is also served by the Lone Star College System. The closest community college is Lone Star College, Kingwood. And of course, the city of Humble is only a short drive from Houston and its many colleges and universities. You can check out our guide to warehousing jobs in Humble here
Humble House Prices
One of Humble’s most appealing characteristics is the low cost of living here. In fact, Humble’s prices are about 12.5% lower than the national average, making it an affordable place to live.
The biggest savings over the national average are in housing. If you dream of owning a home, you might be able to do it in Humble even if most houses are out of your price range in your current location. Prices are also low for groceries and utilities, with transportation and healthcare costs close to the national average.
In other words, your money can buy you more in Humble than it can in most large metropolitan areas – and in an area where you’ll still be within easy commuting distance of the city of Houston.
It’s worth noting that Texas has a state sale tax of 6.25%. However, there is no personal income tax here, nor does the state charge a personal property tax. The county does charge property taxes, so keep that in mind if you plan on buying a home.
A Subtropical Climate
As you might expect from its proximity to Houston, Humble’s climate is mostly warm and humid. The area is classified as a humid subtropical climate.
The summers are hot and quite humid, so most homes and rental units have air conditioning to combat the heat. By contrast, the winters are mild to cool.
Its location in East Central Texas means that Humble is in the area the media refers to as Tornado Alley. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll experience a tornado while living in Humble. However, the city gets a lot of thunderstorms during the summer and they can, on occasion, spawn funnel clouds and tornadoes.
Humble’s annual rainfall is 52 inches, well above the national average. The rain contributes to the high humidity and to the city’s mild weather.
Preparing to Move to Humble
As you begin to plan your move to Humble, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is that moving in the summer is not ideal thanks to the areas high heat and humidity. This is a big concern if you plan on moving yourself and less of one if you’re going to hire professional movers.
The second consideration is the rain. Of course, you can’t predict ahead of time which days will be rainy and which will be sunny. However, it is a good idea to wrap items that might be damaged by water in plastic sheeting so that if you must move in the rain, your belongings won’t be ruined. You may also want to have your family’s rain gear accessible in case you need it.
Whether you’re buying a home or renting an apartment, you’ll want to have your utilities set up before you arrive. Here are some links to help you do that:
Center Point Energy (natural gas)
Republic Services (trash and recycling)
Comcast (cable and internet)
Sudden Link (cable and internet)
If you’re moving to Humble from out of state, you’ll need to visit a Texas DMV location to change the registration for your automobile, pay the relevant fees, and get new license plates. You may want to apply for a Texas driver’s license at the same time. Texas does require an inspection and emissions test prior to registration. You can find information about inspections and fees here.
Humble’s Culture and Entertainment
You might be wondering if there’s anything to do in a town the size of Humble. Most small towns don’t have the wherewithal to compete with big cities when it comes to entertainment.
Humble doesn’t have big city attractions, but it certainly has charm to spare. The town has four beautiful parks, each with special features:
- Hirsch Memorial Park has a recreation center, a public swimming pool, basketball courts, playground equipment, and a gazebo.
- Schott Park boasts an open-air pavilion, a playground, basketball courts, and a walking path.
- Uptown Park has picnic areas, a gazebo, a stage, and a playground.
- Timberwood Park has two half-basketball courts, a playground, and picnic tables.
All four of Humble’s parks have public restrooms and are open year-round. Given the area’s mild winters, the parks make a nice family retreat when the sun is shining.
Other attractions within the city limits include the world’s only remaining DeLorean factory and the Golf Club of Houston, located in an unincorporated area of Humble.
Of course, Humble is also within about twenty miles of Houston and that city’s attractions. These include the Houston Space Center, the Houston Zoo, and Downtown Aquarium. Houston has a busy music and theater scene and plenty of night life, too.
Houston has more green space than any of the other top 10 most populous cities in the United States. With more than 55,000 acres of parks to choose from, you can head here any day of the year and find outdoor activities for yourself and the kids to enjoy.
If you prefer sports, Houston has professional baseball, football, and basketball teams. They also have major league soccer teams for both men and women and a variety of minor league teams.
Ready to Move?
The city of Humble might not be one of the state’s largest metropolises, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. Pack your things and rent a storage unit. The city’s beautiful parks, excellent schools, and friendly people are waiting to welcome you to your new home – and to your new life in the Lone Star State.
Here is a video of one of Humble’s attractions Old MacDonald’s Farm