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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population85,681
Male Share of the Population49.7%
Female Share of the Population50.3%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+41,263
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married64.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher56.5%
Median Earnings25+$60,506
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,950
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,531

Wealth

Median Family Income$123,266
% Above Poverty Level94.9%
% Below Poverty Level5.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone16.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,617
Median House Value$283,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55%
German9.1%
English6.6%
Irish5.4%
African2.8%
Italian2.3%
French Except Basque2%
Nigerian2%
Scottish1.7%
Arab1.7%
Polish1.2%
Russian1.1%
Iranian0.7%
Czech0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Lebanese0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Greek0.4%
Turkish0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Ethiopian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
South African0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Sugar Land Almanac

CategoryValue
County Fort Bend County
Standard Zip Codes77478, 77479, 77498
P.O. Box Zip Codes77487, 77496
Phone Area Codes281,346,713,832
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.61
Approximate Longitude-95.61

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)

StationSUGAR LAND
Distance0.2 miles
Jan Temp42 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 79 F
Jul Temp74 to 94 F
Oct Temp60 to 82 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches
StationTHOMPSONS 3 WSW
Distance9.4 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp59 to 79 F
Jul Temp74 to 94 F
Oct Temp60 to 82 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationHOUSTON BUSH INTL AP
Distance30.9 miles
Jan Temp41 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 79 F
Jul Temp74 to 94 F
Oct Temp59 to 82 F
Annual Precip47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bunker Hill Village3,909$240,556
Missouri City71,732$100,330
Richmond11,939$53,750
Rosenberg34,908$52,912
Stafford18,026$64,446

Sugar Land Hospitals

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
(Non-profit)
16655 Southwest Freeway
(281) 274-7000
Sugar Land Surgical Hospital
(Proprietary)
1211 Highway 6 South Suite 70
(281) 243-1000
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
(Non-profit)
16655 Southwest Freeway
Healthsouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
1325 Highway 6
Kindred Hospital Sugar Land
(Proprietary)
1550 First Colony Boulevard
Emerus Hospital
(Proprietary)
16000 Southwest Freeway
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land
(Non-profit)
17500 West Grand Parkway South
St. Lukes Sugar Land Hospital
(Proprietary)
1317 Lake Pointe Parkway

Sugar Land Public Schools

Barrington Place El
2100 Squire Dobbins Dr
ZIP: 77478
(281) 634-4040
Primary
Total Enrollment 776
Dulles El
630 Dulles Ave
ZIP: 77478
(281) 634-5830
Primary
Total Enrollment 743
Dulles H S
550 Dulles Ave
ZIP: 77478
(281) 634-5600
High
Total Enrollment 2189
Dulles Middle
500 Dulles Ave
ZIP: 77478
(281) 634-5750
Middle
Total Enrollment 1294
Harmony School Of Science - Houston
13415 W Belfort
ZIP: 77478
(281) 265-2525
Primary
Total Enrollment 750
Highlands El
2022 Colonist Park Dr
ZIP: 77478
(281) 634-4160
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Sugar Land Middle
321 Seventh St
ZIP: 77478
(281) 634-3080
Middle
Total Enrollment 1222
Austin Parkway El
4400 Austin Pkwy
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-4001
Primary
Total Enrollment 1014
Bess Campbell El
1000 Shadow Bend Dr
ZIP: 77479
(832) 223-1300
Primary
Total Enrollment 701
Brazos Bend El
621 Cunningham Creek Blvd
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-5180
Primary
Total Enrollment 607
Clements H S
4200 Elkins Dr
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-2150
High
Total Enrollment 2439
Colony Bend El
2720 Planters St
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-4080
Primary
Total Enrollment 517
Colony Meadows El
4510 Sweetwater Blvd
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-4120
Primary
Total Enrollment 768
Commonwealth El
4909 Commonwealth Blvd
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-5120
Primary
Total Enrollment 1012
Cornerstone El
1800 Chatham Ave
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 1016
First Colony Middle
3225 Austin Pkwy
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-3240
Middle
Total Enrollment 1266
Fort Settlement Middle
5440 Elkins Rd
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-6440
Middle
Total Enrollment 1223
New El
17828 Winding Waters Ln
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-1000
New El #46
16431 Lexington Blvd
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-1000
New Middle #15
16431 Lexington Blvd
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-1000
Sartartia Middle
8125 Homeward Way
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-6310
Middle
Total Enrollment 1302
Settlers Way El
3015 Settlers Way Dr
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-4360
Primary
Total Enrollment 770
Susanna Dickinson El
7110 Greatwood Pkwy
ZIP: 77479
(832) 223-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 560
Walker Station El
6200 Homeward Way Blvd
ZIP: 77479
(281) 634-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 812
Harmony School Of Science - Houston High
13522 W Airport Blvd
ZIP: 77498
(281) 302-6445
High
Total Enrollment 782
Kempner H S
14777 Voss Rd
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-2300
High
Total Enrollment 2397
Lakeview El
314 Lakeview Dr
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
M R Wood Center For Learning
138 Ave F
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-3320
Other
Total Enrollment 86
Macario Garcia Middle
18550 Old Richmond Rd
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-3160
Middle
Total Enrollment 1276
Oyster Creek El
16425 Mellow Oaks Ln
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-5910
Primary
Total Enrollment 775
Rita Drabek El
11325 Lake Woodbridge Dr
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-6570
Primary
Total Enrollment 863
Stephen F Austin H S
3434 Pheasant Creek Dr
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-2000
High
Total Enrollment 2315
Sugar Mill El
13707 Jess Pirtle Blvd
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-4440
Primary
Total Enrollment 652
Townewest El
13927 Old Richmond Rd
ZIP: 77498
(281) 634-4480
Primary
Total Enrollment 749

Sugar Land Private Schools

Faith Lutheran School
800 Brooks St
ZIP: 77478
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Fort Bend Christian Academy
1250 7th St
ZIP: 77478
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 757
God's Rainbow Christian Academy
13131 Alston Rd
ZIP: 77478
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
New Southwest Montessori
12707 Alston Rd
ZIP: 77478
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Cornerstone Christian Academy
2140 First Colony Blvd
ZIP: 77479
Elementary
Total Enrollment 244
Memorial Montessori School
5630 W River Park Dr
ZIP: 77479
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Primrose School Of First Colony
4605 Austin Pkwy
ZIP: 77479
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Primrose School Of Sugar Land
1315 Soldiers Field Dr
ZIP: 77479
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Riverbend Montessori School
4225 Elkins Rd
ZIP: 77479
Elementary
Total Enrollment 49
St Laurence Catholic School
2630 Austin Pkwy
ZIP: 77479
Elementary
Total Enrollment 647
The Honor Roll School
4111 Sweetwater Blvd
ZIP: 77479
Elementary
Total Enrollment 652
The Walden School
16103 Lexington Blvd A
ZIP: 77479
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Trent International School
2555 Cordes Dr
ZIP: 77479
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 145
Cambridge Montessori School
6380 Highway 90a
ZIP: 77498
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
Fellowship Christian Academy
16425a Old Richmond Rd
ZIP: 77498
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Park Point Montessori
11124 S Highway 6
ZIP: 77498
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
St Theresa Catholic School
705 St Theresa Blvd
ZIP: 77498
Elementary
Total Enrollment 87
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