FORT BEND COUNTY

Showing no signs of slowing, Fort Bend County’s population is expected to reach 731,000 residents by the year 2025.

Although Fort Bend County is home to many people who work in Houston and prefer to live outside the city, its work force is dominated by manufacturing in a wide spectrum of industry. Corporations based in Fort Bend County such as Imperial Holly Sugar, Texas Instruments, Unocal, Fluor Daniels, and Frito-Lay are only a few of the county’s major employers.

Fort Bend leads the Houston region in household income. Every ethnic group leads its counterpart in average household income. The average household income in Fort Bend County is $66,956.

Fort Bend County has the highest percentage of traditional families (married with children) in the Houston region and the eighth highest percentage of traditional families in the United States. Forty-five percent of the families are married with children compared to the national average of 26 percent. The master planned community of First Colony was named #1 National Community of the year for 1998 by the Community Association and is the home of Tara Lipinski, Olympic Gold Medalist in Figure Skating. The highly acclaimed Fort Bend ISD recently completed a state-of-the-art natatorium.

Fort Bend County is home to more master-planned communities than any other county in the nation. The growth that Fort Bend County has experienced over the last 12 years can be easily traced to the development of the county’s 18 master-planned communities. These large landholdings which were part of Stephen F. Austin’s original land grants to the first Texas colonists, were ideal for the method of development called master planning, in which residential, retail, office and industrial segments are combined in careful balance. Master-planned communities and residential suburbs are built around lakes, parks and pecan orchards and afford residents a high quality lifestyle. There are 320 acres of lakes, 600 acres of parklands and more than 315 holes of golf. Libraries, museums, sporting events, parks and recreation centers are all located within easy reach.

Sugar Land, Stafford and Missouri City are three incorporated municipalities here. The community of Sugar Land has been built with extreme care, taking into consideration many lifestyles. There is much new home construction here, and a variety of styles in all price ranges. Traditional, contemporary and luxury custom-built homes with lavish amenities are available. Residents are recreation oriented with three highly regarded golf courses, the Brazos Bend State Park and the George Observatory in their own backyards.

The master-planned community of First Colony is among the leading areas in housing starts. Most of the homes are newer tract, semi-custom and custom homes-many in a country club setting. Some 20 high technology firms have been established in the Stafford area since 1985. Stafford offers affordable housing - new and pre-owned - and a high standard of living common to all residents of Fort Bend County.

Missouri City neighborhoods and subdivisions offer housing options that range from small starter homes to luxury homes located within master-planned communities.

Fort Bend County is the source of a lot of new development including the master-planned communities of First Colony, (famous for its Sweetwater Country Club), Sugar Mill, Lake Olympia, Pecan Grove Plantation, New Territory and Greatwood. Sienna Plantation, Ft. Bend County’s newest Master Planned Community, is a 14,000 residential lot community opened in early 1997. It is also the location of the twin cities of Richmond and Rosenberg, former farm communities which appeal to people who prefer small town living while demanding tremendous value for their housing dollar.

Highly rated school districts offer state-of-the-art methods and curricula. Residents over age 25 have the highest levels of educational attainment in the Houston region, and also the highest percentage of graduate degrees, bachelor degrees, some college education and the lowest percentage of high school dropouts.

Stafford has its own school district; Sugar Land and Missouri City are served by the Fort Bend Independent School District. The twin cities of Richmond and Rosenberg are located in the western portion of Fort Bend County. These areas are linked to downtown Houston by the Southwest Freeway (Hwy. 59), and Hwy. 288.

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