Beginnings as oil field country trace back to Charles F. Barret who started oil operations there in 1903 that ultimately led to Harris County's first oil field. Four miles north of Humble lies Kingwood, developed by King Ranch Inc. and Friendswood Development Co. in the late 1960s. Kingwood is a planned community with 40,000 residents who make up a self-contained community.
Kingwood covers 13,000 acres divided into 14 villages, each with its own neighborhood association and each with a varying home price scale. One can find homes from $60,000 to more than $1 million. Humble ISD serves more than 18,000 students in its 18 schools that cover a 90 square mile area.
Six miles east of Humble is Atascocita, (Spanish for "obstruction") sitting on heavily wooded territory that was once a Spanish government possession and served as a stronghold against the French. Atascocita and its neighboring community of Walden fringe Lake Houston, a man-made lake. Concentrated home-building began in 1975. Prices range from the $50,000s to the low $100,000s.
The suburban community offers large, country-club style homes as well as smaller homes in well-planned subdivisions.