Fort Bend Accolades

Why Fort Bend? Here's Why

 Here’s What Forbes, Business Insider, CNBC, Money Magazine, And Others Are Saying.

  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 4 for incoming investment in the United States, No. 2 in Texas, and No. 1 in Greater Houston. SmartAsset, 2017.
  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 2 for purchasing power in the United States, No. 1 in Texas SmartAsset, 2017.
  • Fort Bend County most diverse county in US. Kinder Institute 2017
  • Four public high schools ranked top ten in the metro area, 2 in the top 3, and 5 in the top 25. Niche, 2016 
  • Five Of The Top 25 Public High Schools In Greater Houston Are In Fort Bend. Houston Business Journal
  • The City of Fulshear named 8th best place to raise a family in Texas based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Niche, 2016
  • Cinco Ranch named 9th best place to raise a family in Texas based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Niche, 2016
  • The City of  Richmond designated a Scenic City by Scenic Texas. 2016
  • 92 percent of Fort Bend County residents have access to a park within one mile. Rice University, 2016
  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 7 for purchasing power in the nation. SmartAsset, 2016
  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 3 for purchasing power in Texas. SmartAsset, 2016 
  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 1 for incoming investments in Texas. SmartAsset, 2015
  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 5 for incoming investments in the nation. Smart Asset, 2015
  • Greater Houston ranks No. 2 nationally in the standard of living index. Center For Opportunity Urbanism, 2016. 
  • Houston ranks 19 globally in future ready economies. Dell 2016
  • Houston ranked one number as most philanthropic city in the US. Charity Navigator, 2016
  • Houston is one of five innovative cities world wide worth watching. Wall Street Journal, 2016
  • Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land had largest population gain in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 
  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 1 as the fastest growing large county in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 
  • Home to two of the nation’s top 20 master planned communities. John Burns Real Estate Consulting, 2015
  • Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land ranks No. 1 on “The Cities Where Your Salary Will Stretch the Furthest” list. New Geography, 2015
  • Missouri City ranks No. 46 on “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” list. 24/7 Wall St., 2015
  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 4 among fastest-growing counties in the nation. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015 
  • Missouri City and Sugar Land awarded Scenic Texas Certification. Scenic Certification Program of Scenic Texas, 2015 
  • Fort Bend County ranks No. 2 on “Texas counties where wealthy people are moving” list. Governing, 2015 
  • Sugar Land ranks No. 4 on “Top Places to Live in Texas” list. Nerd Wallet, 2015 
  • Missouri City ranks No. 9 on “Top Places to Live in Texas” list. Nerd Wallet, 2015
  • Home to four of the nation’s top 20 master planned communities. John Burns Real Estate Consulting, 2015
  • Rosenberg named 2015 Main Street City. Texas Historical Commission, 2014
  • Sugar Land is the No. 1 place to find a job. Money Magazine, 2014 
  • Four Fort Bend communities ranked among nation’s best sellers. Metrostudy, 2014
  • Missouri City ranks No. 16 on “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” list. 24/7 Wall St., 2014 
  • Highest percentage increase in employment in U.S. from September 2012-2013. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 201
  • Six of the top 20 best-selling master planned communities in nation. RCLCO, 2014
  • Sugar Land ranks No. 20 on “America’s Safest Cities” list. Congressional Quarterly, 2014
  • Home to five of the top 20 communities in the nation for sales. John Burns Real Estate Consulting, 2014
  • Fastest-growing large county in 2012. U.S. Census Bureau, 2014
  • Five public high schools rank among top in metro area. Niche, 2014
  • Local 77494 ZIP Code welcomed the most household move-ins in the U.S. in May 2014. Welcomemat Services, 2014
  • Home to seven of 10 communities with the most new home construction starts. Metrostudy, 2014
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land ranks No. 5 for largest metro in the nation. U.S. Census Bureau, 2014
  • No. 8 in the U.S. for percent increase in average weekly wages. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013
  • Highest percentage increase in employment in U.S. from June 2012-2013. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013
  • Highest percentage increase in employment in U.S. from March 2012-2013U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013
  •  No. 5 for America’s fastest-growing countiesForbes, 2013
  •  Sugar Land named cleanest city in AmericaKeep America Beautiful, 2013
  •  Most diverse of the five largest counties in the Houston metropolitan areaRice University, 2013
  •  No. 6 for percent increase in employmentU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013
  •  Five of the top 20 best-selling master planned communities in the nationRCLCO, 2013
  • Home to five of the top 20 master planned communities in the nationMetrostudy, 2013
  • No. 2 on national list of “Where the Jobs Are”CNN/Money Magazine, 2012
  • Second-highest job growth rate in the nationU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
  • Among top 10 for percent increase in employment out of largest counties in U.S. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
  • Missouri City named most diverse city in the Houston regionRice University, 2012
  • Sugar Land Regional Airport ranks among top 10 fixed-based operators in the AmericasAviation International News, 2012
  • Home to five of the top 20 master planned communities in the nationMetrostudy, 2012
  • Healthiest residents in the Greater Houston areaUniversity of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 2012
  • Home to seven of the 10 most active residential communities in the Greater Houston areaHouston Business Journal, 2011
  • No. 4 on most diverse counties in nation listTexas Tribune, 2011
  • Cinco Ranch development credited for growth in Katy area, which ranks No. 1 on “10 from 2010” list for high-growth areasGadberry Group, 2011
  • Forecast to lead region in job creation, averaging more than 3 percent growth per year through 2015Woods & Poole Economics, 2011
  • Cinco Ranch, Telfair and Sienna Plantation ranked on “Top 10 Selling U.S. Master-Planned Communities” list for three consecutive yearsRCLCO, 2011
  • No. 5 in the nation for job growth with strong growth projected through 2015Woods & Poole Economics, 2011
  • Home to five of the top 20 master planned communities in the nationMetrostudy, 2011 
  • Sugar Land named safest city in TexasCongressional Quarterly Press, 2010
  • Missouri City ranked No. 21 on “Best Places to Live” listCNN/Money Magazine, 2010
  • No. 5 in the nation for job growth with strong growth projected through 2015CNN/Money Magazine, 2010
  • No. 16 among fastest-growing counties in the nationTexas Tribune, 2010
  • No. 1 on “Best Places to Get Ahead” list.  Forbes, 2010
  • Fastest-growing county in Greater Houston areaU.S. Census Bureau, 2010
  • No. 1 for population growth out of the 10 largest counties in TexasU.S. Census Bureau, 2010
  • Sugar Land Regional Airport ranked No. 1 in the Americas for fixed-based operationsAviation International News, 2010
  • Regional leader in household incomeU.S. Census Bureau-American Community Survey
  • Regional leader in ethnic diversityU.S. Census Bureau-American Community Survey
  • Regional leader in high school graduation rateU.S. Census Bureau-American Community Survey

Houston and Texas Accolades

  • Houston ranks in top cities leading the way in urban innovationThe Wall Street Journal, 2016
  • Houston ranks No. 1 for most philanthropic city in the nationCharity Navigator, 2016
  • Houston makes biggest population gain in the nation. Reuters, 2016
  • Houston ranks No. 19 for most future-ready citiesDell, 2016
  • Houston ranks No. 7 for best places to live in the SouthU.S. News & World Report, 2016
  • Texas ranks No. 9 among the top inbound states of 2015 United Van Lines, 2016 
  • Houston ranks No. 8 for metros with high patterns of domestic migration. Forbes, 2015
  • Houston ranks No. 9 for metros with advanced industriesBrookings, 2015
  • Houston ranks No. 5 for best cities for college graduatesWallet Hub, 2015
  • Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land ranks No. 6 for best cities for growthNew Geography, 2015
  • Houston ranks No. 3 American city of the futurefDi Intelligence, 2015
  • Houston – Baytown – Sugar Land ranks No. 2 for corporate relocations and expansionsSite Selection, 2015
  • Texas awarded the “Governor’s Cup” for economic development successSite Selection, 2014
  • Texas ranks No. 1 for current economic climate and future job growthForbes, 2014
  • Houston ranks No. 1 real estate market to watch in 2015Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2014
  • No. 1 business climate (Texas)Development Counselors International, 2014 
  • Best state for businessChief Executive Magazine, 2014
  • No. 4 business climate (Texas)Site Selection Magazine, 2014
  • Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land ranks No. 1 for increase in per capita incomeForbes Magazine, 2014
  • Houston ranks No. 2 on America’s favorite cities listTravel & Leisure, 2014
  • Texas leads the nation in job growthThe Dallas Morning News, 2014
  • Highest median income among large Texas metrosForbes Magazine, 2014 
  • No. 10 on list of fastest-growing citiesForbes Magazine, 2014 
  • Houston ranks No. 2 on list of real estate markets to watch in 2014Urban Land Institute, 2014 
  • Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship ranks No. 1 as top business incubator in the worldUBI Index, 2014
  • No. 9 city for future job growthForbes Magazine, 2014
  • Houston is one of America’s new industrial boomtownsForbes Magazine, 2014
  • Most inbound moves in 2013 (Texas)Atlas Van Lines, 2014
  • Houston is home to 26 Fortune 500 companiesFortune, 2014
  • No. 5 best big city for jobsForbes Magazine, 2014
  • No. 2 fastest-growing cityCNN/Money, 2014
  • No. 2 state for businessCNBC, 2014
  • Houston ranks in the top 10 on list of best metro areas for small businessesHouston Business Journal, 2014
  • Houston ranks No. 10 on list of best cities to find a jobWalletHub, 2014
  • Fourth-strongest metro area with economic momentum going into 2014Forbes Magazine, 2013
  • No. 1 North American trading location out of the largest U.S. metrosBrookings, 2013
  • Best city in the nationBusiness Insider, 2013
  • Most competitive stateSite Selection Magazine, 2013
  • Houston is No. 2 in nation for population growth from July 2011-July 2012U.S. Census Bureau, 2013
  • Top metropolitan area in the U.S. Site Selection Magazine, 2013
  • Houston ranks No. 1 for job creation in major markets in 2012Gallup, 2013
  • Leads state in job growth for third consecutive yearGreater Houston Partnership, 2013
  • 2012 state of the yearBusiness Facilities, 2013
  • Second-fastest growing city.  Forbes Magazine, 2013
  • America’s next great global cityForbes Magazine, 2013
  • Third best city for future job growthForbes Magazine, 2013
  • No. 2 state for businessCNBC, 2013
  • Gold Shovel recipient for new business growth (Texas)Area Development, 2013
  • Texas has the best business climateBusiness Facilities, 2013
  • Texas has the Top 3 business climate in the U.S.Site Selection, 2013
  • No. 1 export market in the U.S. (Houston)U.S. Department of Commerce, 2013
  • Houston named top city for recent college graduatesMSN.com, 2013
  • Houston is a top U.S. destination for four consecutive yearsU-Haul International, Inc., 2013
  • No. 7 on “Best States for Business” listForbes, December 2012
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranks No. 1 in the nation for job creationComerica Regional Economic Update, 2012
  • No. 2 city for global tradeGlobal Trade Magazine, 2012
  • Coolest city to liveForbes Magazine, 2012
  • Houston ranks No. 3 on list of popular moving destinationsAmerican Moving and Storage Association, 2012
  • Best state for business for eight consecutive years.  Chief Executive Magazine, 2012
  • Texas leads U.S. for private-sector job creation from January 2008-January 2012U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
  • No. 3 for best states to make a livingOn Numbers (American City Business Journals), 2012
  • Top metro for new and expanded corporate facilitiesSite Selection Magazine, 2012
  • Most private-sector job growth in the U.S. in the last 10 years (Houston)U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
  • Greater Houston area added the most U.S. private-sector jobs in 2011U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
  • North America’s fastest-growing metro areaBrookings, 2012
  • Among top 10 cities poised for economic greatness in 2012The Street, 2012
  • Houston has the fastest-growing wages in AmericaPayScale Index, 2012
  • America’s top state for business for three yearsCNBC, 2012
  • Texas was first to regain jobs lost during the recessionU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
  • Gold Shovel recipient for new business growth (Texas)Area Development, 2012
  • Texas is No. 1 in the nation in development of office, industrial and retail space in 2011NAIOP Research Foundation, 2012
  • Houston ranks No. 4 on “America’s Fastest Growing Cities” listForbes, 2012
  • Top business climate in U.S. (Texas)Site Selection Magazine, 2011
  • Houston is No. 1 in nation for population growthU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011
  • Best state for business for five consecutive yearsDevelopment Counselors International, 2011
  • Top state for doing businessArea Development, 2011
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metro area ranks No. 5 for largest population in U.S.American City Business Journals, 2011
  • No. 5 on “Next Big Boom Towns In The U.S.” listForbes, 2011
  • No. 9 among top cities creating new green jobsBrookings, 2011
  • Fastest-growing U.S. cityRice University, 2011
  • Texas tops the nation in professional services job creationAmerican City Business Journals, 2011
  • Leading state for sustainabilitySite Selection Magazine, 2011
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranked No. 19 on “Best Places for Business and Careers” list.  Forbes, 2011
  • Highest retail employment growth since recession (Houston). On Numbers (American City Business Journals), 2011
  •  “2011 City of the Year”Fast Company, 2011
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranked No. 3 on “Best Big Cities For Jobs” listForbes, 2011
  • Top city for IT jobsModis, 2011
  • No. 11 among world’s “Cities of  Opportunity”PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2011 
  • Most competitive city in worldPricewaterhouseCoopers, 2011
  • Added more jobs than any other state in the past 10 yearsU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011
  • No. 2 on “North American Cities of the Future” list. fDi Intelligence, 2011
  • Governor’s Cup recipient for most corporate expansion projects in the U.S. in 2010 (Texas)Site Selection Magazine, 2011
  • Houston ranks No. 2 for most jobs gainedU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011
  • No. 1 exporting state for nine consecutives yearsWISER Trade, 2011
  • No. 1 relocation state for six consecutive yearsAllied Van Lines, 2011
  • No. 1 relocation destination for six consecutive years (Texas)SIRVA, 2011
  • Lowest cost of living – large metrosACCRA Cost of Living Index, 2011
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranked in top 20 healthiest housing marketsBuilder Magazine, 2011
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranked in top 5 in nation for economic strength for two consecutive yearsPolicom, 2011
  • Most environmentally aware city in Texas. The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2011
  • No. 5 for lowest cost of living among major metro areasACCRA Cost of Living Index, 2010
  • Among the top 10 cities best situated for economic recoveryNewsweek, 2010
  • No. 7 on “America’s Most Affordable Cities” listForbes, 2010
  • Texas accounted for over half of all private sector jobs created in the U.S. in the last yearTexas Public Policy Foundation, 2010
  • No. 7 on “Best State for Business” listForbes, 2010
  • Best cities for young professionalsForbes, 2010
  • Top U.S. manufacturing citiesManufacturers’ News, 2010
  • No. 10 on national list of cities most likely to participate in renewable energy programsNielsen, 2010
  • No. 8 best city for clean tech jobsClean Edge, Inc., 2010
  • No. 3 among MSAs in number of Fortune 500 headquartersFortune, 2010
  • Texas has the second-best tax system for entrepreneurship and small businessThe Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, 2010
  • America’s top state for business for three yearsCNBC, 2010
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranked in top 20 healthiest housing marketsBuilder Magazine, 2010
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranked in top 5 in nation for economic strength for two consecutive yearsPolicom, 2010
  • Silver Shovel Recipient (Texas)Area Development Magazine, 2010

 Fort Bend County Archives

  •  Missouri City recognized on “Safest Cities in America” listCongressional Quarterly, 2009
  •  Sugar Land ranked among “Top 25 American Towns to Live Well”Forbes, 2009
  •  No. 3 in employment growth in the U.S.U.S. Department of Labor, 2009
  • Sugar Land Regional Airport ranked No. 1 in the Americas for fixed-based operationsAviation International News, 2009
  • Sugar Land ranked No. 11 on “Safest City” listCongressional Quarterly, 2009
  • Ranked in top 1 percent of fastest-growing counties in America.  U.S. Census Bureau, 2008
  • Stafford ranked one of the most ideal places in the nation to live and launch a businessFortune Small Business, 2008
  • Among the top 10 in the nation in terms of economic strengthWoods & Poole Economics, 2008
  • Sienna Plantation voted best community in TexasCNBC’s Americas Property Awards, 2008
  • No. 1 in employment growth in the U.S.. U.S. Department of Labor, 2007
  • No. 3 among fastest-growing counties in the nation with population greater than 200,000. U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 
  • Sugar Land named best place in the southwest to live. CNN/Money Magazine, 2006
  • Sugar Land recognized in top 2 percent of best places in the nation to raise a family. Best Places to Raise Your Family-The Top 100 Affordable Communities in the U.S., 2006
  • Named one of the most diverse communities in America. Best Places to Raise Your Family-The Top 100 Affordable Communities in the U.S., 2006

Houston and Texas Archives 

  • No. 2 among corporate real estate executives. Site Selection Magazine, 2009
  • Mega market of the year. Southern Business Development, 2009
  • No. 9 on “Best Cities for Job Growth” list. New Geography, 2009 
  • Top metro in the nation. Site Selection Magazine, 2009
  • Nation’s healthiest housing market. Builder and Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, 2009
  • Houston named top home building market in the country. Builder Magazine, 2009
  • Lowest cost of living among major metro areas. ACCRA Cost of Living Index, 2009
  • No. 8 on “Best State for Business” list. Forbes, 2009
  • America’s top state for business for three years. CNBC, 2009
  • Silver Shovel Recipient. Area Development Magazine, 2009
  • No. 2 on a list of the nation’s top export markets. U.S. Department of Commerce, 2008