Sugar Land is a city of around 87,000 residents and is part of the Houston metropolitan area. It is one of the fastest-growing and affluent cities in the state. The median home value is $327,362, with the highest availability of homes between $127,000 and $381,000. The majority of homes are single family residences, and a large percentage of homes were built between 1970 and 1999, although quite a few have been built since 2000 as well.
Due to the wealth of many of its residents, Sugar Land has quite a few master-planned communities which include country clubs, lakes, and golf courses. The neighborhoods can be divided up into different portions of the city. Most people live in the south and southeastern parts of Sugar Land, which also have the most entertainment and economic activities. The northern part of the city is also referred to as 'Old Sugar Land' and contains the subdivisions of Belknap/Brookside and Venetian Estates. The western part of the city used to be prison farm land, but is now home to the Sugar Land Regional Airport and the communities of Telfair and New Territory. The southwestern portion of Sugar Land is separated from the rest of the city by the Brazos River and has a different vibe than its neighboring communities. Neighborhoods in this area are River Park, Greatwood, and Tara Colony.
True to its name, Sugar Land became the city it is now because of the sugar industry. Home of the Imperial Sugar Company, it has since attracted many Fortune 500 companies due to the city's livability and high quality of life. The top three employers are Fluor Enterprises (engineering, procurement, and construction), Fort Bend Independent School District, and Schlumberger (oilfield services and technology). Other top industries include energy, healthcare, engineering, and government. As a 'Top City in Texas' for business expansion and relocation, the population and economic growth is expected to continue to increase.