Living in Sugar Land, Texas

Founded as a sugar plantation in the mid 1800s and incorporated in 1959, Sugar Land is located in Fort Bend County, 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston. Sugar Land is a full-service municipality providing police and fire protection, a regional airport, parks and recreation, public works and other services. More than 70 percent of Sugar Land’s land is devoted to residential use – hardly a surprise since Sugar Land is home to some of the nation’s biggest and most successful master-planned communities. Sugar Land receives a steady stream of accolades for its quality of life and appeal as a hometown, regularly landing on national reports such as CNN/Money’s “Best Places to Live” list. Sugar Land has also accumulated numerous prestigious state and local awards for clean air, a tree and forestry program, and their regional airport. One of the earliest large-scale developments in Sugar Land and the Houston region was First Colony, a 10,000-acre community that set new high standards for quality development. Still immaculately maintained, First Colony has been joined by newer communities including Telfair and Imperial Sugar Land. The 32-acre Sugar Land Town Square development created a new downtown and sense of place for Sugar Land, and has become an extremely popular place for residents to shop, dine and enjoy events and attractions. Fort Bend ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD have been a major draw for families with children, and now the University of Houston at Sugar Land is a full branch of the Tier 1 flagship campus. Sugar Land continually improves its quality of life with ongoing development of new attractions including Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team, and new parks and cultural venues.