Sugar Land Overview

Sugar Land, located in eastern Fort Bend County, is approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston. It was founded as a sugar plantation in the mid-1800s and incorporated in 1959.

A full-service municipality, Sugar Land, provides the highest quality of affordable services to meet the needs of its residents. Master-planned communities and welcoming neighborhoods enhance home values and create a sense of belonging. The community offers outstanding schools, libraries, civic organizations and other resources that make Sugar Land a great place to work, live and raise a family.
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Numerous high-profile regional and international corporations have chosen Sugar Land as a corporate home, including Minute Maid, Schlumberger, Tramontina USA, Fluor Corporation, Bechtel Equipment Operations, Noble Drilling, Money Management International and Aetna. Sugar Land's aggressive economic development program has created a business-friendly environment, one that includes a variety of incentives, including a corporate aviation facility.

Sugar Land By The Numbers

  • Land area in city limits (2017)
    • Full-purpose: 42.85 square miles or 27,424.23 acres
  • Land area in extraterritorial jurisdiction (2017)
    • 13.26 square miles or 8,484.82 acres
  • Census 2010 figures ranked Sugar Land the state's 49th largest city in Texas. By race, the city's breakdown is:
    • 44.4% White
    • 35.1% Asian
    • 10.6% Hispanic or Latino
    • 7.3% Black or African American
    • 2.6% Other
  • Estimated 2018 Population*: 117,869
  • Form of Government: Council / Manager
  • Property Tax Base: $12.98 billion
  • 2017-2018 Fiscal Year Annual Budget: $228.7 million
  • 2017-2018 Property Tax Rate: 31.762 cents
  • Total Dwelling Units**: 39,740
  • Average Residential Value: $379,530
  • Developed Land-Use Mix:
    • Residential: 75.59%
    • Commercial: 14.61%
    • Industrial: 9.80%
  • Bond Ratings:
    • Standard & Poor's: AAA
    • Fitch Ratings: AAA
  • City Employees: 804.5
  • Professional Firefighters: 124
  • Sworn Police Officers: 172
* 2018 In-City Population Estimate
** Based on 2017 Land Use Inventory