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Overview

Introduction to Sugar Land, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas, in Fort Bend county, is 19 miles SW of Houston, Texas. Sugar Land is situated along the Gulf Coast and is part of the Greater Houston area. The Brazos River and Oyster Creek flow through the city. It's the center of economic activity for the county and home to the headquarters of Imperial Sugar and Western Airways as well as a prominent manufacturing center for Nalco Chemical Company. Numerous energy, semiconductor, technical services, electronics, communications, engineering and software companies are located in the municipality. The affluent city contains a large number of master-planned communities. The climate is characterized as humid subtropical.

Sugar Land History

The Karankawa and the Atakapa Indian tribes were the original inhabitants. In 1838 a plantation in the area stimulated the economy by growing crops such as cotton, corn and sugarcane. Benjamin Terry is recognized as the person who gave the town its name. In 1879 a large sugar refining plant was the major factor for the economy.

From 1910 until 1959 Sugar Land was a company town due to the importance of the Imperial Sugar Company and all the housing, healthcare and businesses they provided for the workers and their families. During the 1980's numerous large corporations opened offices and facilities in Sugar Land. A large number of residents had the opportunity to work near their homes.

Sugar Land Attractions

  • Sugar Land Town Square is a primary entertainment destination and features restaurants, cafes and is popular for shopping
  • Oyster Creek Park
  • First Colony Mall
  • Teenstock showcases popular music performers
  • Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center
  • The Lakeview Auditorium, situated at Lakeview Elementary school is regarded as the oldest public building in the area. The impressive structure is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.

Sugar Land Activities

Residents enjoy year-round golfing and saltwater and freshwater fishing. The Starlight Campgrounds, featuring the Brazos Bend and the George Ranch is a popular place to visit on weekends. The Anthills/Terry Hershey Park offers some of the best trails in the state.

Sugar Land Higher Education

Sugar Land is home to the University of Houston at Sugar Land and the Wharton County Junior College.

People

Total Population 84,268
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 40,962
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 63.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.5%
Median Earnings25+ $58,621
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,517
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,720

Wealth

Median Family Income $119,906
% Above Poverty Level 94.7%
% Below Poverty Level 5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,512
Median House Value $267,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 5.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sugar Land Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles SW of Houston, Texas
County Fort Bend
Standard Zip Codes 77478, 77479
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77487, 77496
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.619
Longitude -95.634

Sugar Land Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SUGAR LAND
Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Station THOMPSONS 3 WSW
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station HOUSTON BUSH INTL AP
Distance 30.9 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 59 to 82 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sugar Land, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dewalt (77479)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bunker Hill Village 3,842 $248,015

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sugar Land Hospitals

SURGICAL SPECIALTY HOSPITAL OF SUGAR LAND
(Proprietary)
1211 HIGHWAY 6, SUITE 70
(281) 243-1000
Emergency Service: No

METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
16655 SOUTHWEST FREEWAY
(281) 274-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sugar Land High Schools

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STEPHEN F AUSTIN H S
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-2000
Serves 2,695 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

KEMPNER H S
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-2300
Serves 2,489 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

DULLES H S
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-5600
Serves 2,387 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

CLEMENTS H S
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-2150
Serves 2,374 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

GEORGE BUSH HIGH SCHOOL
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-6060
Serves 2,146 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

LAWRENCE E ELKINS H S
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-2600
Serves 2,124 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

HIGHTOWER H S
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-5242
Serves 2,049 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

WILLOWRIDGE H S
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-2450
A Title I School.
Serves 1,771 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

THURGOOD MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-6630
Serves 1,661 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

FORT BEND CO ALTER
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-3320
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

PROGRESSIVE H S
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-2900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0

M R WOOD ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CEN
16431 LEXINGTON BLVD
281-634-3320
A Non-traditional School

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