Humble is a city in Harris County, Texas, United States, within the Houston metropolitan area.As of the 2010 census, the city population was 15,133.
The first settlers began moving into the Humble area in the early 19th century. Joseph Dunman was thought to be the first person to settle here and was believed to have arrived in 1828. A ferry was built nearby, over theSan Jacinto River, and the area of Humble became a center for commercial activity due to the region's large oilindustry.The city got its name from one of the original founders/settlers, Pleasant Smith "Plez" Humble, who opened the first post office in his home and later served as justice of the peace. In 1883 a city directory reported that he operated a fruit stand. In 1885, he was a wood dealer, and in 1900, the District 99, Justice Pct. 4, Harris Co., Texas Census reports his occupation as attorney at law.Humble became an oil boomtown in the early 20th century when oil was first produced there.The town was the home of the Humble Oil & Refining Company, founded in 1911, a predecessor of Exxon. When the oil boom receded, many land owners returned to truck farming, dairy farming and the timber industry.Humble remained a rather small, quiet city until the opening of the Houston Intercontinental Airport in 1969.