The Woodlands, Texas

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The Woodlands is a master-planned community and a Census-designated place (CDP) in the U.S. state of Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population of the CDP was 55,649 at the 2000 census—a 90 percent increase over its 1990 population.[1] As of 2009, the estimated population had reached approximately 100,000.[4] Much of The Woodlands is located in the city of Houston's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), but small portions of the development extends into the ETJ of Shenandoah and Conroe.

The Woodlands is located 28 miles (45 km) north of Houston along Interstate 45. Though it began as a suburban development and a bedroom community, it also has attracted corporations to the area. As a result, the area features several corporate campuses, most notably Chevron Phillips, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Baker Hughes, CB&I, US Oncology and Hewitt Associates. The development won a Special Award for Excellence in 1994 from the Urban Land Institute.[5]



The Woodlands was dedicated by George P. Mitchell in 1974,[6] managed by The Woodlands Corporation as an extension of Mitchell Energy & Development. The Woodlands Corporation was acquired on July 31, 1997 by a joint partnership between Morgan Stanley and Crescent Real Estate Equities.[7] In December 2003, the Rouse Company acquired Crescent's interest in The Woodlands,[8] Rouse was itself sold to General Growth Properties Inc. on November 12, 2004.[9]

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