Description of Sugar Land TX
The city of Sugar Land TX (population approximately 118,000) is one of the best places to live in America…probably because of our family-friendly activities, master planned neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, excellent schools, and reasonably priced homes. Plus, the outstanding shopping, restaurants, parks, lakes, and exceptional healthcare facilities means that we have it all! (Even our own minor-league baseball team: the Skeeters!) Here are a few important facts about Sugar Land that may interest you…
Here are a few important facts about Sugar Land, TX that may interest you:
- Sugar Land TX, is located Southwest of Houston, TX. Typically, you can drive to downtown Houston from Sugar Land in approximately 25 to 45 minutes (depending on time of day and the amount of traffic on the highway).
- The economy in Sugar Land is healthy with unemployment rate well below the state and national percentages.
- Census 2000 figures ranked Sugar Land #1 in growth in the Houston metro area and #1 among the state’s 45 largest cities.
- Between the new Town Center and First Colony Mall, shopping in Sugar Land is great. We’re also close to the Houston Galleria and Katy Mills Outlet mall.
>> Read more about Sugar Land’s growth
Why I Love Sugar Land TX
There are so many benefits to living in the Houston area, and Sugar Land is one of its top suburbs. Why do I think Sugar Land TX is great?…
Sugar Land TX is a unique suburb in that it has a distinct “cosmopolitan” feel and is very culturally diverse. While about 44 percent of the population is white, the remaining 56 percent is comprised of Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic and African American cultures. And just as important as its diverse demographics, is its fostering of an inclusive and accepting community. In fact, in 2007, Sugar Land was the first city in the nation to be named a Community of Respect® by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). It has maintained this distinction.
Sugar Land schools are known to be excellent. Over half of the 33 elementary schools have a score of 9-10 with Greatschools.org and, likewise, six of the fourteen middle schools score a 9-10 as well. There are eleven high schools serving the area and two score 9s (Clements and Austin) and two score 8s (Dulles and George Ranch). Sugar Land is part of Fort Bend ISD which is an award-winning school district but does not rate as highly as the nearby Katy and Lamar Consolidated ISDs. This is because Fort Bend ISD is much larger than those ISDs and includes many non-Sugar Land schools (like nearby Houston). Almost all Sugar Land schools score 8-10 (the highest scores available) at Greatschools.org.
>> Get lists of area schools with ratings by downloading the Guide to Sugar Land’s Best Neighborhoods
High Quality of Life
With all of these accolades it’s no wonder that Sugar Land TX has been on the list of numerous best places to live surveys. Some of the most noteworthy include CNN Money Magazines 100 Best Place to Live (2006) in the nation, Forbes’ list of Top Towns to Live Well and Business Week’s best and most affordable suburbs. America’s Promise–The Alliance for Youth name Sugar Land a three-time winner of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.
Quality Homes and Communities
Sugar Land TX is home to the largest number of master-planned communities in the nation. Every community has quality homes and wonderful subdivisions with swaths of green space and community amenities such as club houses, swimming pools, parks, tennis courts, fishing lakes, and walking trails. For neighborhood details, jump to Sugar Land Neighborhoods.
Well-Maintained and Scenic Public Spaces
Because it is entirely master planned, Sugar Land TX has ample well-designed public spaces, parks, walking- trail systems and tree-lined streets, all of which are held to high scenic standards. Consistently winning awards from Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Recreation and Parks Society, Sugar Land also received the inaugural Texas Scenic City “Silver” Certification for achieving the highest level of scenic standards for public roadways and spaces.
Low Crime Rate
According to the City of Sugar Land’s website, Sugar Land’s crime rate for 2017 was the lowest on record.
- Sugar Land’s crime rate decreased 10 percent from 2016 to 2017. The rate is 50.4 percent lower than the state average and 44 percent lower than the national average for 2016.
- Sugar Land’s violent crime rate decreased 22 percent from 2016 to 2017. The rate is 84 percent lower than the state average and 82 percent lower than the national average for 2016.
- Sugar Land’s property crime rate decreased 9.5 percent from 2016 to 2017. The rate is 45 percent lower than the state average and 38 percent lower than the national average for 2016.
Sugar Land TX Awards
Sugar Land TX, has won the following awards:
- Top 50 of the Safest Cities to Retire in America for 2018 – SecurityChoice.com
- Among the Top 15 Most Entrepreneurial Cities for 2018 – FitSmallBusiness.com
- Recognized Among the Best 100 Towns in Texas for Starting a Small Business – LendEDU.com
- Sugar Land ranked in the top 50 most searched cities (Among most popular places in the US to relocate to) – moveBuddha.com
- Honorable Mention for Brazos River Park – H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Awards
- List of the Safest Cities in the U.S., No. 9 in Texas – SafeHome.com
- Named one of Best Vacation Places to Escape the Winter – Expedia
- Sugar Land Top-ranked for expected holiday residential retail spending – WalletHub
- Sugar Land Top-Ranked in the 2017 Digital Cities Survey for cities using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement.
- Named one of America’s best small markets for business – Global Trade magazine
- Ranked as one of the most financially secure neighborhoods in all of Texas – LendEDU.com
- Sugar Land Top-Ranked, Best Places to Raise a Family in Houston – Niche.com
- 5 Great Places to Live Around Houston – Neighborhoods.com
- Sugar Land Top-Ranked, 50 Cities With Cheap Rent and Good Jobs for New College Grads – Money Magazine
- Recognized as Prime Area in the U.S. to Build a Lifelong Dream Home
- Recognized among “2017 Best Cities for Seniors to Retire”
- Top New or Renovated Venue, Billboard Magazine (Smart Financial Centre)
>> See more awards at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1002/Awards-Recognitions
Sugar Land Demographics
Sugar Land TX recently incorporated Greatwood and New Territory and increased its population to 118,000. Census 2010 figures ranked Sugar Land the state’s 49th largest city in Texas. By race, Sugar Land demographics breakdown is:
- 44.4% White
- 35.1% Asian
- 10.6% Hispanic or Latino
- 7.3% Black or African American
- 2.6% Other
Sugar Land is a very diverse city. It consists of multiple master-planned neighborhoods, each containing multiple subdivisions. The best way to determine the Sugar Land demographics for a certain area of Sugar Land, is to check the demographics of the middle school to which it is zoned.
Sugar Land embraces diversity (read article)
To get a feel for the diversity of Sugar Land, see the demographics of its various high schools (below).
Austin High School (New Territory, parts of North Sugar Land)
Clements High School (Telfair, Sweetwater, Avalon, Commonwealth, parts of First Colony)
Dulles High School (parts of First Colony, Sugar Lakes, Sugar Creek, Lake Pointe)
Elkins High School (Riverstone and parts of Missouri City)
Kempner High School (North Sugar Land including Imperial and Sugar Mill)
George Bush High School (Mission Bend)
George Ranch High School (Greatwood)
Lamar Consolidated High School (River Park and River Park West)
Ridgepoint High School (Sienna Plantation)