Introduction to Missouri City, Texas

Missouri City, Texas, in Fort Bend county, is 14 miles SW of Houston, Texas. Missouri City is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. It includes the master-planned upscale community known as Lake Olympia. Missouri City is conveniently located near primary freeways and rail lines. It serves as a bedroom community for Houston. The municipality has a smaller amount of apartment complexes and condominiums than other cities of comparable size. Retail and service are primary industries.

Missouri City Nearby Attractions

Missouri City is primarily a suburb. Residents enjoy the attractions and activities of Houston. Some of the notable attractions in the county include:

  • Fort Bend County Fair and Livestock Show is a ten day event which includes a parade, rides, music and country dancing. It's one of the largest county fairs in the state.
  • Fort Bend County Museum features exhibits of the history of the county and showcases the John M. and Dottie L. Moore Home which is a Reconstruction era mansion.
  • Fort Bend Theater offers family entertainment.
  • George Ranch Historical Park provides an insight into the lifestyle during the early days of the region and includes the notable Victorian Davis House.
  • Great Southwest Equestrian Center offers horse shows and events and includes a beautiful Southern mansion.
  • Rosenberg Railroad Museum provides information about the history of the railroad in the region and includes artifacts and equipment.

Missouri City History

In 1890 a couple of real estate developers from Houston bought land near the BBB&C railroad. They placed advertisements for the sale of land plots in the St. Louis Missouri region. Another developer purchased property in the area and the three developers named the area Missouri City in order to entice people from St. Louis to buy their land. The city developed as a railroad town. Farming and ranching were major factors for the economy.

In 1919 oil was discovered in the close by Blue Ridge area. Missouri City served as the shipping location for the oil and the salt produced from a nearby salt mine. In the early stages of the 20th century people relocated in Missouri City and commuted to work in Houston. In 1956 the municipality was incorporated primarily due to the concern that Houston would attempt to annex the unincorporated town. Middle class African-Americans relocated to Missouri City in the 1970's.

Missouri City Higher Education

Missouri City is served by the Houston Community College System. The University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch, University of Houston System at Sugar Land and the Wharton County Junior College are nearby.

Missouri City Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Sugar Land Regional Airport and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.


Total Population 70,538
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 11.2%
Employed Population 16+ 35,386
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 53.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.7%
Median Earnings25+ $47,959
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,038
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,912


Median Family Income $98,145
% Above Poverty Level 94.8%
% Below Poverty Level 5.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%


People Living Alone 18.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,393
Median House Value $159,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.6%
US/American 0%
English 3.3%
Irish 3.1%

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

Missouri City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles SW of Houston, Texas
County Fort Bend
Standard Zip Codes 77459, 77489
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.618
Longitude -95.537

Missouri City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.8 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
Distance 11 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
Distance 31.1 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 63 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellaire 17,869 $218,836

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

Missouri City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3803 FM 1092
(281) 499-4800
Emergency Service: Yes

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