Tomball is a city in Harris County, Texas. It is a part of the Houston metropolitan area. Tomball has a total area of 11.9 square miles. The climate is known for its hot and humid summers due to its subtropical climate.
Settlement began in what is a modern-day area of Tomball in the early 19th century. New settlers found that the open, fertile land that received adequate rainfall was perfect for farming and raising cattle. It was on a land granted in 1838 to William Hurd’s heirs. In 1906 the area began to boom. Railroad line engineers noticed that the Tomball area was on the boundary between the low hills of Texas and the flat coastal plains of the Gulf, making it an ideal location for a train stop. The railroad could load more cargo on each car, because the topography gently sloped toward the Galveston ports and provided an easier downhill coast.
As of the 2020 United States Census, Tomball had a total population of 12,341 people, 4,516 households, and 2,678 families residing in the city limits. At the 2019 American Community Survey, Tomball had a population of 11,778. The racial and ethnic makeup of the city was 60.8% non-Hispanic white, 9.0% Black or African American, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.7% Asian, 1.0% multiracial, and 29.5% Hispanic or Latin American of any race.
The city is served by Tomball Regional Medical Center, located at 605 Holderrieth Boulevard. It is a full-service 357-bed facility hospital providing special expertise in cardiovascular disease, cancer care, emergency services, digital diagnostic imaging, physical rehabilitation, sports medicine, and comprehensive wound and lymphedema care. Tomball Regional Medical Care is owned by HCA Healthcare Inc.
Notable people with ties to the area of Tomball include athlete, Jenny Adams, NBA star, Jimmy Butler, NFL star, Ray Collins, MLB umpire, Clint Fagan, MLB star, Charlie Hayes, musician, Jimmy Needham, pitcher, Troy Patton, and many others.