Willis, Texas

Willis, Texas

According to medicinelearners.com, Willis, Texas is located in Montgomery County, approximately 40 miles north of Houston. The city lies on the edge of Lake Conroe and the Sam Houston National Forest. The climate in Willis is hot and humid during the summer months and cool and mild during the winter months.

The history of Willis dates back to 1873 when the first settlers arrived in the area. In 1877, a post office was established and named after William Willis, an early settler. The town was officially incorporated as a city in 1979.

Politically, Willis is part of Texas’s 8th congressional district and is represented by Republican Kevin Brady in Congress. At the state level, Willis is part of District 3 and is represented by Republican Cecil Bell Jr., a long-time resident of Montgomery County.

The economy of Willis is largely based on retail, hospitality, healthcare, and education sectors. The city has numerous stores, restaurants, medical centers and clinics as well as two educational institutions: Lone Star College–Montgomery Campus and Sam Houston State University–Montgomery Campus.

Willis Independent School District provides quality education to students ranging from prekindergarten through 12th grade with two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school located within city limits. Additional educational institutions include Sts Peter & Paul Catholic School which serves Pre-K through 8th grades as well as several private daycares for younger children.

Notable landmarks in Willis include Sam Houston Statue Monument at Huntsville State Park which honors the hero from Texas Revolution; Lake Conroe which offers recreational activities such as fishing; Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church which features unique architecture; Old Town Shopping Center; Farmer’s Market & Flea Market held every Saturday morning; Downtown Historic District with its unique shops; WG Jones State Forest where visitors can enjoy camping; Montgomery County Fairgrounds for year-round events; City Park with its playgrounds for children to enjoy outdoor activities; as well as numerous other parks scattered throughout town offering sports fields or trails for hiking or biking adventures.

Population: 3,985. Estimated population in July 2020: 4,172 (+4.7% change)
Males: 2,013 (50.5%), Females: 1,972 (49.5%)

Montgomery County

Zip codes: 77318, 77378.

Median resident age: 27.3 years
Median household income: $28,260
Median house value: $56,000

Races in Willis:

  • White Non-Hispanic (49.9%)
  • Hispanic (27.2%)
  • Black (21.2%)
  • Other race (14.4%)
  • Two or more races (2.0%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: Irish (9.4%), German (8.9%), United States (4.8%), English (3.0%), Italian (3.0%), French (1.9%).

Elevation: 380 feet

Land area: 3.3 square miles

Willis, Texas


Willis, Texas is a small town located in Montgomery County. The population of Willis, Texas as of the 2019 United States Census was 5,675. This is an increase from the 5,050 population recorded in 2010. Willis is a predominately white town with 78.5% of the population being white non-Hispanic or Latino; 19.8% identified as Hispanic or Latino; 1.3% identified as African American; 0.4% identified as Asian; 0.1% identified as Native American; and 0.2% identified as two or more races combined. Willis has a median age of 36 years old and a median household income of $45,929 per year according to the 2019 United States Census Bureau estimates for Montgomery County. The town’s economy is largely dependent on service industries such as healthcare and retail trade, with many residents commuting to nearby Houston for employment opportunities in those industries or to take advantage of Houston’s larger cultural amenities such as its theaters, restaurants, and sports teams. Education is highly valued in Willis with most residents having at least some college education and many having completed higher degrees with local institutions such as Sam Houston State University in nearby Huntsville offering excellent educational opportunities for students living in the area.

For population 25 years and over in Willis

  • High school or higher: 62.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 7.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.6%
  • Unemployed: 6.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 27.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Willis city

  • Never married: 26.1%
  • Now married: 51.8%
  • Separated: 4.2%
  • Widowed: 6.0%
  • Divorced: 11.9%

14.2% Foreign born (14.0% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +1,009 (+33.9%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Willis:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Willis:

  • WILLIAM P HOBBY (about 57 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Abbreviation: HOU)
  • ELLINGTON FIELD (about 61 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Abbreviation: EFD)

Other public-use airports nearest to Willis:

  • MONTGOMERY COUNTY (about 8 miles; CONROE, TX; Abbreviation: CXO)
  • WILLIAMS (about 22 miles; PORTER, TX; Abbreviation: 9X1)
  • HUNTSVILLE MUNI (about 23 miles; HUNTSVILLE, TX; Abbreviation: UTS)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Willis:

  • SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY (about 21 miles; HUNTSVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 10,429)
  • NORTH HARRIS MONTGOMERY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT (about 35 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 13,933)
  • HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM (about 41 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 21,140)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER (about 41 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,595)
  • PRAIRIE VIEW A & M UNIVERSITY (about 43 miles; PRAIRIE VIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,823)
  • SAN JACINTO COLLEGE-NORTH CAMPUS (about 46 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,819)
  • UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-DOWNTOWN (about 47 miles; HOUSTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,236)


Public high school in Willis:

  • WILLIS H S (Students: 1,368; Location: 1201 F M 830; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Willis:

  • C C HARDY ELEMENTARY (Students: 724; Location: 701 GERALD ST; Grades: 05 – 06)
  • LYNN LUCAS MIDDLE (Students: 721; Location: 1304 N CAMPBELL ST; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • EDWARD B CANNAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 703; Location: 7639 COUNTY LINE RD; Grades: PK – 04)
  • TURNER EL (Students: 594; Location: 10101 HWY 75 S; Grades: KG – 04)
  • PARMLEY EL (Students: 477; Location: 600 N CAMPBELL ST; Grades: KG – 04)
  • ROARK PRI (Students: 147; Location: 606 N CAMPBELL ST; Grades: PK – PK)
  • PROJECT RESTORE (Students: 7; Location: 1201 FM 830; Grades: 06 – 12)

Private primary/middle school in Willis:

  • TODDS SCHOOL OF MERIT (Students: 215; Location: P.O. BOX 1025; Grades: PK – KG)