Kingwood, nicknamed the "Livable Forest," is 30 miles northeast of Downtown Houston. Its 14,000 acres comprise Harris County’s largest master-planned community.
The name KINGWOOD came from a 1971 joint venture between one of the original developers, KING Ranch, and the FriendsWOOD Development Company.
The population is approximately 65,000, a large increase from the 37,397 in the 1990 census. Within a 10-mile radius is an estimate of 150,000 to 200,000 people. Also, there are more than 2,500 businesses that serve Kingwood.
According to Trulia, the average listing price of homes is $348,953 and the median rent is $1,700 per month. Kingwood is divided into 25 neighborhoods, called "villages", with most having a neighborhood pool with free access for residents and providing a set of village-specific services.
There are 18 schools. Some of the top local schools by level, with “10” being the highest: WILLOW CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (9.3), HIDDEN HOLLOW ELEMENTARY (9.2) DEERWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (9), BEAR BRANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (8.9), and RIVERWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL (9.4)
The heavily-wooded community that exists in harmony with nature has 500+ acres of parks and private nature preserves that feature tall pines, magnolias, and 20 other types of shade trees. Wildlife includes birds, deer, fish and others. More than 75 miles of hike and bike trails, the "Greenbelt," are popular for walking, exercising, and bicycling.
There's always something entertaining to do in Kingwood with its many parks, the Dylan Duncan Skateboard Park which was the very first public skatepark that the City of Houston built, more than 100 clubs and organizations, and two private clubs, the Kingwood Country Club and the Deerwood Club with their challenging golf courses.
Mardi Gras, held in February.
Picnic on the Park on the day before Easter with an Easter Egg hunt, a vendor fair, game booths, and performances by local groups.
Auto Shows, held in spring and fall, which draw up to 200 vehicles.
Fourth of July has a parade; festivities, a vendor fair, an open-air concert, and a fireworks display.
Christmas in the Park features a vendor fair, live performances, and ending with a tree lighting ceremony.