There’s no question that the Lone Star State has a personality all its own. There’s a saying that everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s true even when you’re moving to a small city instead of one of the well-known metropolitan areas.
Tomball, Texas, might not have the name recognition of Dallas or Houston, but living there has its charms. If you’re planning a move to Tomball, we can help you learn about the area and make the necessary preparations, so your relocation is smooth and enjoyable.
About Tomball, Texas
Tomball, Texas, is a small city located in Harris County. Considered to be part of the Houston metropolitan area, Tomball had a population of 10,753 as of the last national census in 2010. The city was originally called Peck, but was renamed in honor of local politician Thomas Henry Ball in 1907.
The history of Tomball dates to the early 19th century, when settlers arrived and found a location with fertile land and abundant rainfall, perfect for raising crops and cattle. By the early 20th century, railroad engineers had noted that Tomball was ideally located for a stop between coastal Texas and the inland hills. It was Tom Ball who convinced the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad to put a stop in Tomball.
Not long after, oil was discovered in Tomball. The city was sometimes referred to as a “floating island of oil” and the presence of several gushers in the area brought prospectors in droves. Even today, Tomball is still the best city for gas and petroleum jobs. After World War II, the city experienced a second boom of people eager to move out of the city and enjoy a quieter life in the country.
While the population within the city limits is low, it underrepresents the area’s population, which is more than 80,000.
The Climate in Tomball
It’s always a good idea to take the climate into consideration when you plan a move. As you might expect, Tomball has a lot in common with Houston when it comes to its weather.
The sun shines frequently in Tomball. The city gets an average of 202 days of sunshine per year, which is in line with the national average. It gets approximately 48 inches of rain per year, but no snow, which puts it below the national average in terms of precipitation.
If you’re wondering about the temperature, you can expect summers to be hot and humid. The average high temperature in July is in the mid-nineties, and the January lows are in the forties. You won’t have the big temperature swings here that you might expect in the desert or Midwest.
While Tomball doesn’t get any snow as a rule, it is located in an area where major thunderstorms and tornadoes are a risk, especially during the summer months.
Schools in Tomball
As a parent, you’ll want to know about Tomball’s public schools. Education is important, and you’ll be happy to know that the city has a good school system. The children of Tomball are served by the Tomball Independent School District, which includes:
- 8 elementary schools
- 5 intermediate schools
- 2 junior high schools
- 2 high schools
Tomball is also home to Concordia Lutheran High School if you prefer private school. In surrounding Harris County, there are a number of private schools that you might consider as well.
For adults interested in continuing education, Lone Star College has a campus in Tomball. The city is also within reasonable driving distance of Houston and its many colleges and universities.
The Cost of Living in Tomball
Any time you relocate to a new area, you should consider the cost of living as it compares to where you live now and to the national average.
The good news here is that the cost of living in Tomball is slightly below the national average. You may still experience a bit of sticker shock if you’re moving from a less expensive area, but those moving from big coastal cities will likely be pleasantly surprised by the low prices here.
Housing costs are usually responsible for the overall trend of prices in an area, and that’s no exception in Tomball. Housing costs, including both purchase prices and rent, are about 8% lower than the national average.
In the same range are costs for transportation and utilities. Groceries and healthcare run a little big higher, although they are still slightly below the national average. The one area where Tomball’s prices run a little high is in “Goods and services,” a broad category that includes everything not included in the other categories listed.
Planning Your Move to Tomball
As you plan your move to Tomball, you’ll want to make as many arrangements ahead of time as you can. While Tomball is a small city, its proximity to Houston means that you’ll probably want to book your moving company as early as possible, especially if your move will occur near the beginning or end of the school year.
It’s a good idea to call and arrange for your utility service before you move as well. Here are some links that you may find useful:
Pennywise Power (electricity)
Infuse Energy (electricity)
City of Tomball (gas, water, and trash pickup)
Comcast (cable and internet)
You can visit the City of Tomball website to find more information about city utilities and services.
If you’re moving to Tomball from another state, you will need to visit to a Texas DMV location to change the registration for your car, pay the fees, and get new license plates. You can apply for a Texas driver’s license at the same time. Texas requires an inspection and emissions test prior to registration. You can find information about inspections and fees here.
Likewise, you’ll need to arrange for automobile insurance and, if you’re buying a home, homeowner’s insurance.
Culture and Entertainment in Tomball
You might be wondering how you’ll entertain yourself and your family after you move. The City of Tomball has its share of culture and entertainment, and its proximity to Houston opens up a world of possibilities.
If you’re in search of outdoor activities, the City of Tomball is home to seven parks, including the Railroad Depot and Plaza, which includes a railroad museum that documents much of Tomball’s history. The other parks feature playgrounds, picnic areas, walking and biking trails, basketball courts, and much more. Tomball’s mild weather makes spending time outside a pleasure year-round.
The city also has a public pool and a sports pavilion, and the area boasts many beautiful golf courses. The city hosts outdoor activities each month. Some examples include the Zomball, a Halloween extravaganza for adults and kids; and the Tomball German Christmas Market, which is considered one of the top German holiday events in the United States.
Tomball has its share of restaurants, but if you’re in search of nightlife, your best bet is to head to nearby Houston. For sports fans, Houston is a mecca – home to the Houston Rockets, the Houston Texans, and the Houston Astros.
If you’re in search of live music, events can be found at the Revention Music Center, a major venue for comedy and music acts, as well as it numerous clubs and honkytonks throughout the city. Houston is also home to a variety of world-class museums, including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Natural History Museum, and the world-famous Houston Space Center.
Finally, keep in mind that Harris County and the City of Houston are home to numerous world-class golf courses and green spaces, all of which are within driving distance of Tomball.
A move to the Lone Star State is exciting. While Tomball might not have the big-city appeal of Houston, Dallas, or Austin, its small-town charm and friendly people make it an ideal place to live. And, its proximity to Houston means you’ll have access to all the big-city entertainment your heart desires.
Here’s a video which gives a brief overview of all that Tomball has to offer: