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Sugar Land

Residents have a sweet spot for this Houston suburb that brings the community together through its lively downtown hub, local events, and even a ball game or two.

A Sugar Land Space Cowboys–branded fire truck on the team’s opening day in 2022.
Photo courtesy of the City of Sugar Land

  • State
    Texas
  • County
    Fort Bend
  • Population
    123,222

The city of Sugar Land, once home to a major sugar refinery, is fondly referred to as the “Sweetest City in Texas,” and it’s also one of the fastest growing. Less than a 20-mile drive from Houston, Sugar Land is known for its outstanding schools, with 20% rated above average by GreatSchools. 

 

Locals and visitors alike can take in a minor-league baseball game at Constellation Field, home to the Sugar Land Space Cowboys. After the game, head down to the Sugar Land Town Square to indulge at any of the locally owned restaurants.

 

The city offers many resources for seniors, including five five-star assisted-living facilities. City residents of all ages can receive top-quality care at the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, which received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2016, the nation’s highest presidential honor for excellence in health care. 

 

There’s also a strong sense of community, fostered in part by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, which hosts such events as a Sugar Gala, an International Art and Kite Festival, and a Fall Fest. —KK

Town information

Median sale price for single family residences (2022)$399,250
Median household income$121,665
Racial breakdownBlack: 7%, Asian: 38.2%, Hispanic: 12.3%; White, non-Hispanic: 39.2%
U.S. racial breakdownBlack: 13.6%, Asian: 6.1%, Hispanic: 18.9%, White, non-Hispanic: 59.3%
Sharecare Community Well-Being Index Score (out of 100)66
District high school graduation rate93.9%
Number of quality family medicine doctors (rated 3.5 or higher) per 100,000 households, within 25 miles32
Number of quality nursing homes per 100,000 households, within 25 miles21
Sources: Witlytic, ATTOM Data Solutions, STI: Popstats, the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Caring.com, Healthgrades, and Sharecare.