Community Profile

The following community profile information is intended to help you perform relevant site selection research on Tomball, Texas, and is intended to serve as a starting point.If you do not find all the information that you need in order to make an informed decision about Tomball, please contact the Tomball Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) office and we will be happy to provide you with the information or data that you require.


The City of Tomball has a Council/Manager form of government where the City Council sets policy and the City Manager is charged with carrying out the policies and programs approved by the City Council and providing administrative leadership.

Position Name       Email                   Phone          
Mayor Gretchen Fagan  
Councilperson Field Hudgens  
Councilperson Mark Stoll  
Councilperson Derek Townsend  
Councilperson Chad Degges  
Councilperson Lori Klein Quinn  
City Staff      
City Manager  George Shackelford 281-290-1006
Assistant City Manager Robert Hauck 281-290-1009
City Secretary Doris Speer 281-290-1002
Finance Director Glenn Windsor 281-290-1417
Fire Chief Randy Parr 281-351-7101
Fire Marshal Doug Sanguedolce 281-290-1440
Police Chief Billy Tidwell   281-351-5451
Director of Public Works David Esquivel 281-290-1415
Community Development Director Craig Meyers 281-290-1412
Building Official Ken Cole 281-290-1404
City Engineer Lori Lakatos 281-290-1466
City Planner Harold Ellis 281-290-1491

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle 1001 Preston, Suite 950 Houston, Texas 77002 By phone: 713-755-6444 By fax: 713-755-8801 By e-mail: For more information about the City of Tomball, follow the link below:

City of Tomball


3 Mile Radius

5 Mile Radius 10 Mile Radius
2010 Total Population Census 18,818  64,300 420,634
2015 Total Population 21,124 76,833 479,092
2020 Total Population  23,715 89,667 540,994
2015-2020 Annual Rate  2.34%  3.14% 2.46%


Business Resources

Business Retention and Expansion

The TEDC, the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, and Tomball College Center for Training & Development have partnered together to provide a comprehensive resource for Tomball’s existing business community. The Business Retention & Expansion partnership is designed to help local business owners address their needs and provide a means for achieving their goals.

The Tomball EDC knows the importance of creating positive relationships with existing businesses in our community. The goal of this partnership is to assist local companies with their development plans, whether that includes a facility expansion, an increase in the number of employees, job training/development, or the purchase of additional equipment and supplies.

The Business Retention & Expansion Program can help in the following areas:

•expansion / relocation within Tomball

•new development

•infrastructure needs

•job training/development

View our incentives to see how the TEDC can help you!

Development and Building in the City of Tomball

Development in Tomball is regulated in order to promote public health and safety, and protect public and private property. Regulations and procedures have been developed to establish rules and implementation for development.

The development process can be broken down into four basic steps. Zoning, the first step, identifies permitted uses and development regulations for the property. The second step, Platting, submission and approval, identifies the subdivision of land and any proposed public dedications such as right-of-way or easements. The third step, the Site Plan process, involves the review and approval of the actual plans for construction of public infrastructure contained within the public dedication areas and improvements on the site. Construction plans indicate exact locations of connections to City infrastructure and include site details that address existing and proposed paving, grading, drainage and utility improvements. The fourth step, the Permitting process, addresses the review and approval of building plans for conformance with minimum building standards to ensure the safety of future property owners and occupants. 

Project Elements

Every project must be:

1. ZONED for the intended use;

2. Located on a Recorded PLATTED lot or legally subdivided lot;

3. Approved through the SITE PLAN APPROVAL and/or a BUILDING PERMIT process;

4. INSPECTED during and upon completion of construction; and

5. Issued CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY (if applicable).

Click on the link below to connect to the City of Tomball Community Development Department's webpage for additional information regarding developing in Tomball.

Workforce Development

Responding to the challenges of an ever-changing workforce, Lone Star College System has Workforce Development programs to meet the needs of individuals and businesses.  Lone Star Corporate College offers a variety of programs and services tailored to business, from customized training and open enrollment courses to professional seminars.

For more information, call 281.296.7827 or e-mail us: 

Small Business Development Center

The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center works with existing companies to help them grow and compete in today's global economy. SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of the business life cycle, helping entrepreneurs make sound decisions and succeed. The SBDC also works with individuals to assist them with the development of new businesses and their operations. The resulting improvement in business performance leads to job creation, investments, and economic growth in our community.

Small Business Development Center - At Lone Star College System
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 777381-4356
Phone 832.813.6674


Cost of Living

When compared to the national average for cost of living, the City of Tomball is quite low.  Below is a comparison chart highlighting the difference between the cost of living in Tomball and the rest of the United States (baseline score of 100).

Cost of Living Tomball, TX United States
Overall 80 100
Food 93 100
Utilites 96 100
Miscellaneous 95 100



The area’s schools are first class with two public school districts, numerous private elementary and secondary schools, and a community college campus.  Lone Star College-Tomball is part of the ever growing Lone Star College System, which is the second largest community college system in the State of Texas with 85,000 students.


In addition to Tomball ISD, there are a number of accredited private and parochial schools of all grade levels offering educational choices.

America's Best Value Inn & Suites
22420 Park Road
Tomball, Texas 77377
Call 281-255-9030 for reservations and "Special Festival Rates"
Web: America's Best Value Inn & Suites
Comfort Suites Tomball
13636 Michel Road
Tomball Texas 77375
Call 281-290-7070 for reservations and "Special Festival Rates"
Hampton Inn & Suites
14100 Medical Complex Drive
Tomball, Texas 77373
Call 281-357-1500 for reservations and "Special Festival Rates"
Web: Hampton Inn and Suites
Holiday Inn Express
14055 Park Drive
Tomball, Texas 77375
Call 832-639-4900 for reservations and "Special Festival Rates"
Web: Holiday Inn Express - Tomball
La Quinta Inns & Suites
14000 Medical Complex Drive
Tomball, Texas 77375
Call 281-516-0400 for reservations and "Special Festival Rates"
Web: La Quinta -Tomball
***Coming Soon*** Spring 2017
Marriot Residence Inn Hotel
14303 Medical Complex
Tomball, TX  77377


Major Employers
Tomball Major Employers (Non Retail)
Employer  Employees Product/Service
Hewlett Packard  10,000 Computer Manufacturing
Tomball ISD 1478 Education
Tomball Regional Medical Center 1300 Medical Services
Lone Star College-Tomball 1056 Education
Baker Hughes 680 Manufacturing

Source: TEDC

Quality of Life

Tomball is a unique city with a culture deeply rooted in the traditional values of hard-working, patriotic, friendly, caring people.  It is located 28 miles from the heart of downtown Houston, but it has been able to maintain a small town community atmosphere with all the conveniences of the big city.



City of Tomball

Property Tax Rate: $0.34 per $100 valuation

Sales Tax Rate: 2% 

Tomball Independent School District

Property Tax Rate: $1.34 per $100 valuation

Harris County

Property Tax Rate: $0.42 per $100 valuation

 Lone Star College System:

Property Tax Rate: $0.11 per $100 valuation

 State of Texas

No state income tax

 Franchise tax is 4.5 %



Tomball is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Houston, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and the Port of Houston. With easy access to major highways and rail lines, Tomball is a great place in which to do business!


Public Works Administration:

501 James Street

Tomball, Texas 77375

Phone:  281-351-5484 

Fax: 281-351-4735


2010 Employed Population 16+ by Industry
  3 Mile Radius 5 Mile Radius 10 Mile Radius
Total 8,612 8,621 26,022 26,022 191,930 191,738
   Agriculture/Mining 250 2.9% 885 3.4% 9,395 4.9%
   Construction 1,009 11.7% 2,680 10.3% 15,531 8.1%
   Manufacturing 698 8.1% 2,134 8.2% 17,448 9.1%
   Wholesale Trade 284 3.3% 1,041 4.0% 9,012 4.7%
   Retail Trade 983 11.4% 3,019 11.6% 20,324 10.6%
   Transportation/Utilities 491 5.7% 1,509 5.8% 11,504 6.0%
   Information 147 1.7% 338 1.3% 3,068 1.6%
   Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 543 6.3% 1,769 6.8% 14,572 7.6%
   Services 3,862 44.8% 11,762 45.2% 85,515 44.6%
   Public Administration 345 4.0% 885 3.4% 5,560 2.9%