Missouri City, aka "The Show Me City," occupies a historically rich area of Texas. Part of the state’s first railroad runs through the city, which in 1926 also became the first town in Fort Bend County to use natural gas. Many new family-size homes have been popping up in the city, with an emphasis on upscale developments. These new higher-end developments will further deepen the already distinct variety of cultures and economic classes who make their homes in Missouri City.
Numerous communities come together to form the diverse area collectively known as Missouri City. DeWalt is an unincorporated area that was once the home of a plantation. The historic Dew Plantation House now serves as the DeWalt Heritage Center. Both DeWalt and Trammels, another unincorporated community, are off of State Highway 6. A little further south can be found some of the newer developments of Riverstone, a master-planned residential community that stretches all the way down to the Brazos River. Both Riverstone and Lake Olympia are served by the Fort Bend Independent School District. Sienna Plantation is another area that was once the home to cane and cotton harvesting. It is now another master-planned community recently designed by a prestigious Taiwanese developer, and the newest homes are already almost entirely filled.
Recently the once predominant industries of oil and gas have fAllen back in their roles in the economic area of Houston, wherein Missouri City falls. This has been made up for by the rapid growth of other sectors such as health services, engineering services, and manufacturing. The Port of Houston and the Port of Galveston solidify Houston’s place as a major shipping hub. Other major sources of work include the energy industry which is booming in the area, particularly in the realm of petroleum processing and petrochemical manufacturing. In 2000, Missouri City was named a model city for Middle-Class African Americans by Black Entertainment Television.